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Excel versus professional edition 2003

First, I do not have the set up disks. This system was built for me. I was getting emails with attachments that I could not open. It kept saying that it had to load professional edition 2003. I always used/had excel 2003 and that's what it says under programs but it won't load that anymore. It keeps going to professional. I do have XP professional. My problem is that I have a spread sheet saved on a flash drive that won't open as I saved as excel. Right now I'm using Google docs to do my updates but I can't save to the flash drive. Other then trying to load the initial disks again, what can I do?

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Hi,

You're getting a little confused with error message here. What its asking for is Microsoft Office Proffesional 2003 not Windows XP Professional as you are thinking.

Basically the file has been saved in a format that is newer than the Excel program you use is able to interpret.

You either have to get Microsoft Office Professional 2003 (commonly known as MS Office XP) or use a free program like OpenOffice to be able to read/alter all your office type files.

You can download OpenOffice from the link provided below.




http://www.openoffice.org/




You should be able to save all your updated work and open them once downloaded.


Regards.

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Hi Richard,

take a step back, and notice that they are talking about Microsoft Office Professional 2003, and not Windows XP Professional.

If you try to open an office document, in your case a .XLS file, and it says You need to insert the setup disk, then the install of Office is corrupt, and/or there are missing files that Office cannot locate.

you could cross your fingers and see if you perform a repair on Office.
you do this from Control Panel > Add Remove Programs, Click on MS Office 2003 Professional, and click Change/Remove . when the wizard starts, click Next and choose Repair .
it may still ask for the setup disks, or to browse to the folder where the setup cache files are located.
if this is the case, and you don't have the disk, your only option is to track down someone else who has the disk, or the folder on their c:\ where office offers to save its install files for the future when it might be needed.

I suspect that you did a File Cleanup on your c:\ and either you accidentally deleted the c:\MSOCache folder (which is hidden), or the Clean Up Wizard deleted it for you.

if you know someone with a PC with office 2003, you can copy this hidden file to your flash drive, and then dump the files back onto your computer.

i hope this helps.
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Alternatively, you can use Open Office, a free download , fully fledged office suite of applications. not made by microsoft, but similar enough to perform the same tasks without much hassle or relearning.

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