Windows 9 is now Windows 10

Alexia
Posts: 2967
Joined: Sat 01 Oct, 2005 17.50

Good thinking Batman. Twas a clean install of 2003 from the source disc. Am updating now. Will report back in due course.

EDIT: You're a fucking genius. Nice one!
cwathen
Posts: 1130
Joined: Fri 15 Aug, 2003 17.28

Alexia wrote:Good thinking Batman. Twas a clean install of 2003 from the source disc. Am updating now. Will report back in due course.

EDIT: You're a fucking genius. Nice one!
Glad to support the continued use of Office 2003! Only moved on from it myself due to it becoming harder and harder to work around the differences in newer versions of Excel and finding people less and less receptive to receiving files in the old format - that and it really is nice to be able to have more than 3 levels of conditional formatting.

The file format converter - originally designed for compatibility with Office 2007 - was an acceptable enough tool in it's day but it has never been updated and seems to be getting increasingly less effective as newer features it can't translate properly get increasingly used, to say nothing of features introduced since 2007 it doesn't know about and the frustration of waiting for it to convert every file. All in all, it was finally time to let it go but 2003 despite its age it remains a very capable Office suite which will do more than many users will ever need - and because it's so old it runs at light speed on modern hardware.
Alexia
Posts: 2967
Joined: Sat 01 Oct, 2005 17.50

And I refuse to pay £70+ for new software when Office 2003 does all I need it to.
robschneider
Posts: 295
Joined: Wed 14 Aug, 2013 14.53

I refuse to pay for it period. OpenOffice does everything I need.
bilky asko
Posts: 1123
Joined: Sat 08 Nov, 2008 19.48

robschneider wrote:I refuse to pay for it period. OpenOffice does everything I need.
It's not like you to use an Americanism. Are you a Trump supporter now?
Image
Philip
Posts: 940
Joined: Fri 22 Feb, 2008 21.23
Location: Merseyside
Contact:

Whilst we're on the subject of old software being good enough. If you don't need your computer connected to the internet or run (most) modern programs, Windows 2000 is still a damn fine operating system. (Like, for example, running older programs or games in a virtual machine).
Image
Alexia
Posts: 2967
Joined: Sat 01 Oct, 2005 17.50

Well I still have 95 on CD somewhere..... Can I install that alongside 10 and have 2 OSs on the same machine?
Philip
Posts: 940
Joined: Fri 22 Feb, 2008 21.23
Location: Merseyside
Contact:

Alexia wrote:Well I still have 95 on CD somewhere..... Can I install that alongside 10 and have 2 OSs on the same machine?
I think if you're going back that far you need to find a copy of DOS and install that first before you can get Windows 95 to run!
Image
robschneider
Posts: 295
Joined: Wed 14 Aug, 2013 14.53

bilky asko wrote:
robschneider wrote:I refuse to pay for it period. OpenOffice does everything I need.
It's not like you to use an Americanism. Are you a Trump supporter now?

Yes. Get over it.
cwathen
Posts: 1130
Joined: Fri 15 Aug, 2003 17.28

Philip wrote:Whilst we're on the subject of old software being good enough. If you don't need your computer connected to the internet or run (most) modern programs, Windows 2000 is still a damn fine operating system. (Like, for example, running older programs or games in a virtual machine).
I think Windows 2000 is the most underrated version of Windows ever. From a technical perspective it was much more of a step forward than XP was (and isn't even that much older). It just wasn't marketed properly (the decision to bottle on doing a home version of 2000 and instead pushing out Windows ME for home users didn't help either) and the fact that it didn't look much different to 98/NT4 led people to write it off as such.

And to be fair, 2000 can run Firefox 12 which still (just about) cuts the mustard for web browsing (it can even run newer versions with various hacks). The aforementioned Office 2003 also runs under 2000. If you accept the (pretty negligible) risk of anything nasty happening with it being connected to the internet having been unpatched for almost 6 years and having no modern firewall or current Virus scanner it will still get the job done.
User avatar
Nick Harvey
God
Posts: 4037
Joined: Fri 15 Aug, 2003 22.26
Location: Deepest Wiltshire
Contact:

My spare machine here is currently running Windows 3.11 under DOS 6.
Post Reply