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Excel 97 on Vista - unable to record macro

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I have installed Office Pro 97 on a Vista machine, but cannot record a macro in either Word or Excel.  Thinking it might be a problem with references I tried to check but cannot get into references - it is greyed out.
When I try to record a macro I get "unable to record".
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Question by:CraigStenton
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by:squirrel_force
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97 Office doesnt work on Vista thats the problem.

The version atleast you need is 2003 for full support.
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by:tbsgadi
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Check allow macros in your Macro Security settings
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Danny Child earned 125 total points
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workaround here:
http://forums.techguy.org/business-applications/674573-excel-97-unable-record-macro.html
at the end

"open a worksheet I had created while I was using Windows XP (and in which I still could record macros), delete its contents and existing macros so that it was totally empty, then save the worksheet as a template, which I named OKmacro.

From now on if I wish to create a worksheet and record macros I can simply open the template. "
Kudos to Cullism of that site if it works...
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by:Danny Child
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But you should be aware that Excel 97 stopped having support, ie patches on 16/1/04

So, you're at risk using it from all kinds of nasties, bugs, flaws and so on.  
http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=1757

and full list
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifeselectoff

Me, I'd upgrade in a heartbeat.  You can get a 60 day trial download of Office 2007
http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/products/HA101741481033.aspx
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by:Geisrud
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True enough that Office 97 isn't supported on Vista, or by Microsoft at this point.  However, it does work on Vista - I have it on my machine.  Running macros.

One thing I noticed is that when you go to record it, I got the same error as you when I didn't give it a shortcut key.  As soon as I did, it when right into recording...
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