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Any way to get FrontPage 2002/Office 2000 To Run in WIndows 8.1?

I just bought a Lenovo laptop with Windows 8 installed, upgraded it to 8.1. As I trudge along the learning curve, I read that neither of my earlier versions of  Microsoft FP (2002) or Office (2000) would run under Windows 8.

But not accepting everything Microsoft says at face value, I decided to try to install them, and failed, getting the message "Error 1919. Error configuring ODBC data source: Visual Fox Pro Database. ODBC error 6. Component not found in the registry. Verify that the Visual Fox Pro Database exists and that you can access it."

I am NOT a tech, just an average computer user. My questions:

(1) Am I correct in assuming that even if I installed the "Visual Fox Pro Database" that Windows 8 just won't let me run the programs, and that there is no workaround?

(2) I have seen several writeups online for a Windows XP emulation (?simulation)  for Window 8. Would one of these be able to let me run the programs?

(3) Or should I just install Open Office and learn ho to use it?

I've been using these ancient programs simply because they're all I need for the work I do.  I don't see any reason to spend money on a super-duper upgrade filled with bells and whistles I'll never use.
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RadioGeorge
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Gareth GudgerCommented:
I believe Office 2007 is the oldest version that can run on Windows 8.1. In the case of FrontPage 2002, that is a end of life product that was replaced with Expression Web. Expression Web is VERY similar to Frontpage.
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
You could try via XP Mode installed on Windows 8.

http://lifehacker.com/5965889/how-to-run-windows-xp-for-free-in-windows-8
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Or, if you have a license for XP, you can try VMware Player to get better integration in Windows 8 (close to Win 7 XP Mode):
http://www.howtogeek.com/171395/how-to-get-windows-xp-mode-on-windows-8/

This will allow you to put desktop shortcuts on Windows 8 to your old application.

HTH,
Dan
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RadioGeorgeAuthor Commented:
Simple, direct answers to a simple question. I wish ALL responding experts here understand that principle like you guys do! Thank you very much for your help.
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RadioGeorgeAuthor Commented:
Dan and/or tailored:

If you read this, a quick follow-up question: I have a Dell reinstall disk with XP on it. Will that disk work on the Lenovo to install the XP OS or is that disk structured so that if the machine it's being used on is anything but a Dell, it will not work?
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
In theory, Dell XP disks check BIOS to see if it's a Dell PC.
Never tried to use them on a different brand.
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