Steps to Install Microsoft Office 2010 Compatibility Pack
You have heard it many times over that Microsoft Office 2010 is perhaps the best productivity suite.
However, you have neither upgraded to it nor you have an inclination to do it any time soon. This is perfectly fine. However, you will agree that many a times you face issues while opening documents that have been saved in any of the later formats (Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010). But with Microsoft Office 2010 Compatibility Pack, you needn’t worry. This compatibility pack enables a user working on any of the previous versions of Microsoft Office to conveniently open, edit and save files, saved in this file format (Microsoft Office 2010).
This means that if you use Microsoft Office 2003 or any previous version and if you required editing a document saved in Microsoft Office 2010 (or Microsoft Office 2007), you would not have to fret over it. You could simply go ahead and open the file, edit and save without losing any data. This offers flexibility to a user to work across different Microsoft Office versions.
What is the need to use a Compatibility Pack?
As you may recall, all previous versions of Microsoft Office enabled you to save your documents in a .doc extension. All your excel spreadsheets were saved in .xls extension and so on. However, with the introduction of Microsoft Office 2007, saving files in the open Office XML format became the norm. Therefore we now have .docx, .xlsx, .pptx extensions in our files today. However, although most users may have upgraded to Microsoft Office 2007 and the latest version Microsoft Office 2010 , there are many who are still using the previous versions. Therefore, in order to share files and work on the same files saved in the Office XML format, there had to be a common platform that could support both variations. This gives rise to the need of having a compatibility pack installed along with the particular Microsoft Office version that you already have. Regardless of whether you are using a Windows XP or a Windows Vista system, you can still have the Compatibility Pack installed.
Installing the Microsoft Office 2010 Compatibility Pack
If you thought the .docx/ .xlsx documents were not for you, think again. By just following few simple installation steps, you could install the Compatibility Pack and get going. Before you start off with the installation, here is what you should consider:
- Pre-requisites: While Microsoft Office 2000 does not require any updates to be installed, Microsoft Office XP and Microsoft Office 2003 require critical updates to be installed before you begin installing the Compatibility Pack.
- System Requirements: Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3 (This information has been sourced from the official website of Microsoft)
Once you have ensured that the above criteria are met with, you can continue to install the Compatibility Pack adequately.
- How to Install: Installation does not take much time and can be completed in the below mentioned steps.
- Download the file and save it on your hard disk.
- Start the set-up program by double-clicking on the ‘FileFormatConverters.exe’ file.
- As soon as you have opened the file, new messages will start flashing on the screen. Follow them to complete the installation process.
Once the installation is over, you can comfortably sit back and enjoy working on a document irrespective of whatever format it may have been saved with. With the Microsoft Office 2010 Compatibility Pack available for you, what can stop you from working on any of the versions of Microsoft Office?