Can I open MS Works in Windows 8

  itnein 29 May 13

Hi, My grandson is trying to persuade me to buy a new laptop as my existing desktop pc is nine years old and only has 768MB of RAM and uses Windows XP. All the new laptops seem to have Windows 8. I have a number of spreadsheets and documents in MS Works 7 and Office 2002. Can I up load these original cd programs and transfer these files to the new laptop? Or, if I install the new Office package, will my existing files open in the new package. I really do not want to lose all my existing files and spreadsheets that I have been using for the last nine years on my desktop pc.

  wiz-king 29 May 13

You will have trouble with Works -there are lots of incompatibilities between versions and with anything the windows 8 compatibility program and see if it lists your programs.

  jaywoo 29 May 13

Free LibreOffice supports Microsoft Office and Works files. Install that instead.

  itnein 29 May 13

Many thanks for the info. It appears that MSWorks 7 or MS Office XP is not compatible with Windows 8 from your compatibility link. I am intrigued, however, by LibreOffice. I have not heard of this before but if it will open my MSWorks 7 spreadsheets and MS Office XP Professional documents it sounds absolutely ideal. Does it have a good reputation for reliability?


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