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shickley

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Hello,

I've just purchased a laptop with Vista as the operating system. The computer has 1GB of RAM. I installed Word 2003. It opens fine, but when I try to change the Office Assistant (Paper clip guy, Puppy, Cat, etc.) I get the message "There is not enough memory to perform this task." Is 1GB of RAM not enough to run Vista and use Word's extras? Is 1GB of RAM enough?

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I have never gone down to 1 gig, but I would have thought it was plenty for any word 2003 function, after all, it is Microsoft's own claim as the minimum. Have you anything else loaded on startup which is a heavy memory issue.
 

shickley

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No, I don't have anything heavy running at start up. I just purchased this computer and Word 2003 is the only software I've installed. Could Vista be eating up most of the RAM? Maybe I need 2GB, one GB for Vista and a second GB for other programs.

Thanks for your feedback.
 
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One GB should be fine and you shouldn't be getting any memory errors with that much. If you increased it to 2, things might speed up, but that error is an error.

My first suspicion is that the old program is not fully compatible with Vista. Try right-clicking the shortcut to the program, Properties, Compatibility tab, and running it in XP compatibility mode to see if that helps. You could also try some of the visual compatibility settings, like themes and desktop composition since that did not exist when 2003 came out.
 

shickley

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Thanks for the info. I did right click on the Word 2003 shortcut and then clicked on Properties, but there was not a tab for Compatibility. I'll bet your correct, Word 2003 is not fully compatible with Vista.

Again, thanks.
 
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Some programs' shortcuts don't link directly to the exe, but to the installer program. Those usually don't have a target listed in the box in the shortcut properties, but instead a grayed-out reference to the installer. With those, you can still use Compatibility Mode, but you need to open the program folder and set the options in the properties of the exe directly.

But if the Office Assistant is the only problem, maybe you can find a workaround.

You could also check your Data Execution Prevention options and see if it is turned on for just Windows or Windows plus programs and add the Office exe's to the exception list if you can. You could also turn off DEP altogether to see if that makes a difference.
 
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Office 2003 is perfectly compatible with Vista, you might want to reinstall or try a repair install.
 
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...and be sure you have all the Vista updates since a number of program compatibility updates have been released.
 

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As with Rich-M. I am running 2003. I cannot find any problems with it. I don't think it is necessary, but you could try reinstalling with compatibility mode.
 
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I also run office 2003 and use word constantly. I have had no issues but each system is different. You may have a conflict somewhere but word isn't causing it on it's own with Vista.
 
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