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I need an older version of Excel for an application.

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I just bought a new computer with Office 2010, and I learn that one of my applications will only work with Professional version of either Excel 2003 or Excel 2007.  Since I've already paid for the latest version of Office:
1) Will MS let me use an older version of Office/ Excel without paying more money?
2) Is there a place I can go to download an older version of Office (or at least Excel)?
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>>1) Will MS let me use an older version of Office/ Excel without paying more money?

No.


>>2) Is there a place I can go to download an older version of Office (or at least Excel)?

Should be cheap on Ebay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/MS-Office-2003-Professional-Pro-/150662300115?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23142c41d3#ht_856wt_1139
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by:gtgloner
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You might also try Open Office, free for the taking off the internet
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It would be nice if I could use Open Office.  But the application runs a check before it starts a report configuration/writer, and that check will not let it go anywhere if Execl 2003 or Excel 2007 is not detected on the computer.
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by:Danny Child
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there are various registry keys that list versions that are installed

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Misc/Q_21251849.html
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http://www2.dabrowski.ca/kb/softwareversionnumbers

and you could try "faking" an older version of Excel being in place, but it could cause problems elsewhere.  

Have you contacted the vendor of the troublesome app to see what they say?
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Yeah, I don't think I wanna try messing with the registry.  And yeah, I've contacted the vendor, their next version will work with Excel 2010, but that is several weeks away.
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