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QUESTION: I don't know that much about computers and this isn't about Windows 8 per se, but maybe you can help. I have a very old computer using WinXP. I will be buying a new computer when Windows 10 comes out and I have my files backed up on both disk and Google Drive online. I have several documents that were done on MS Word 2003 that is part of Office, that came installed with the old computer (I still have the disk). Since Windows 8, and I'm assuming Win 10 don't come with MS Word included, does that mean I won't be able to view or have access to the MS Word docs I saved? If that's the case, would I be able to install Office 2003 on Win10 with the disk I have?   Thanks

ANSWER: Hi lee!

While it "may" work ok, Microsoft has deemed it incompatible with Windows 8 and 10:

Again, it may work ok, but it may not ... Microsoft is not making any promises, so it may be hit/miss.

If you only want to VIEW the old Word files, you can download a "viewer". ANY newer version of Office will be able to open 2003 files, so if you choose to upgrade, there won't be any problems there.

Feel free to follow up with any other questions you might have.

Good luck!

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QUESTION: Thanks for that link. I would only need to view my docs. Do you know if the newer Windows versions, like 8 and 10, still come with a very stripped down version of Word, like WordPad? But I guess that still wouldn't let me view previous docs created with Word 2003. How I would download a 'viewer' just to see my old docs? I guess a last resort is to buy Word 2013 for $110! Thanks

Here is a link to the viewer:

It says it is for up to Windows 7, but it will "probably" work on later versions of Windows.

$113 isn't bad for Office, but don't pay that just for Word. You can get the whole office suite for $110:

Let me know if you need anything else!

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