Windows 7 Home and Office XP compatibility

Is there a way for Office XP (2002) to run on Windows 7 Home Premium? I seem to be having problems with it running. I thought it used to work just fine on other Windows 7 Home systems that I built and installed it on. Is it because of a recent Windows update? If so, is there a way around it. I have already installed the compatibility patch for it reading Office 2007 and 2010.
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
Office XP will not run on Windows 7 Home Premium.
But you can install it on XP Mode:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/windows-xp-mode

It is free.
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Chris MillardCommented:
Actually, XP mode is NOT available for Home Premium - only for Professional and Enterprise. You will need to run VMLite or something similar.
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
Oh yes my fault thanks roybridge.
Or you can use Virtualbox.
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bbbb2Author Commented:
Did Microsoft have an update that STOPPED Office XP to not run or be incompatible on Windows 7 Home Premium? Over the past 2 years I had no problem with them being compatible. This started happening recently(about 2-3 weeks). Seems like I have to BUY Office 2010 for it to work with no compatibility issues. Is there any other way to have a office program of any kind, I was thinking about trying "Open Office", the free version? Does anyone know if there is any compatibility issues using that program?
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bbbb2Author Commented:
If there is no other way of doing this without having to spend more money I think it was wrong of Microsoft to do this. I guess it all comes to the almighty $ and no other reason. If you think about it and put yourself in the shoes of these customers who have a fairly new PC that I custom built and it was before Windows 7 came out and Microsoft was try to force Vista down peoples throat and didn't want it. So I installed Windows XP with Office XP. So these customers, 2-3 years ago paid for a new custom built PC are being asked to spend around $100 on upgrading to Windows 7 but also being asked to spend at least another $100 for upgrading to Office 2010, 2007, 2013. For me that is a hard sell. After the customer has already spent, on average $700, for the new custom built PC 2-3 years ago that has the Processor power, sufficient  amount and speed of RAM and Hard Drive space for this upgrade.
But the time involved in transferring Outlook Express email to Windows Live Mail and installing the new upgraded software(Windows 7 and Office 2010) I am asking them to spend on average over $300. Sometimes having a job like this can be challenging.

Any remarks on my comments or very much welcomed,
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Chris MillardCommented:
Sadly, we have to face facts. Office XP is now 11 years old and there have been 4 releases since then. I would try either OpenOffice or Liberty Office - both free, and both supposedly compatible. You may be forced to upgrade to a newer Microsoft product if they are not as compatible or even as familiar as your customer might like, but if you are able to make the switch, the future cost savings will be quite substantial.
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bbbb2Author Commented:
I did not select my own comment. I selected roybridge! Plus I better things to do with my time than to answer to you.
Thanks you very much,
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Jesse MoraNetwork AdministratorCommented:
A while back I was able to install Office XP on Windows 7 Starter Edition and I had no issues at all installing it.

That was then but the software only lasted 4 months and my company eventually upgraded to Office 2010
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