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HT5048 Is OS Lion incompatible with my previously bought Word and Excel?

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After OS Lion installation pre migration to iCloud, I can't access Word or Excel - greyed out no  entry sign and error message when try to open. "You can't open the application Microsoft Word because PowerPC applications are no longer supported". Didn't see any warning of this pre-installation. Didn't see any warning of this pre-installation. I paid for these two softwares and use them daily on my iMac. Need an urgent fix to access previous files. Any solutions to install a fix perhaps, and then re-install the software from my back up? Plus any Apple solutions to no longer having iWeb?

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  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)

    PowerPC applications won't run anymore in Lion.

     

    Lion dropped Rosetta.

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,400 points)

    Download and install a product such as OpenOffice. If that doesn't meet your needs, buy a newer version of Microsoft Office.

     

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  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)

    iWeb still works in Lion, if it's not too old. You can install iWork from the CD/DVD that came with your Mac.

  • bobwild Level 4 Level 4 (1,510 points)

    iWeb will still work on Lion. If you were using MobileMe for your iWeb hosting, you just need to get another host for your iWeb content. for example, GoDaddy.

     

    Your Word and Excel are old products, and if you purchase current Microsoft Office it will work in Lion.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)

    MS Office upgrade is the best solution (although many report incongruities opening up old Word/Excel files in some cases.  If you have similar problems, or finance is a big issue, consider installing Snow Leopard into Parallels 7 in Lion.  It has solved some spreadsheet graphing problems that I have in Excel 2004 documents, when they are opened in Excel 2011.  So I continue to use Excel 2004 for these documents:

     

    Lion-Snow+Leopard.jpg

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3913218?start=0&tstart=0

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4,065 points)

    perssons wrote:

     

    After OS Lion installation pre migration to iCloud, I can't access Word or Excel - greyed out no  entry sign and error message when try to open. "You can't open the application Microsoft Word because PowerPC applications are no longer supported". Didn't see any warning of this pre-installation. Didn't see any warning of this pre-installation. I paid for these two softwares and use them daily on my iMac. Need an urgent fix to access previous files. Any solutions to install a fix perhaps, and then re-install the software from my back up? Plus any Apple solutions to no longer having iWeb?

    Unfortunately, given that your MS Office software is 8 years old, your only stable way to keep working with them is to either update to MS Office (preferably 2011 but 2008 will work) or else start to change your workflow by using such programs as iWork, OpenOffice, LibreOffice etc. I have Office 2011 installed and have had for some time, but am starting to find it very cumbersome compared to the alternatives, probably because it is Microsoft software.

    Plus by using iWork (Pages in particular) you will find a constant and compatable folw across your iCloud devices. There are hacks around as you will find, but keeping an uncomplicated and compatable system is the answer to a smooth running OS.

     

    Good Luck

     

    Pete

  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)

    MlchaelLAX wrote:

     

    consider installing Snow Leopard into Parallels 7 in Lion. 

     

    I am not aware if something has changed, but it is not allowed to virtualize Snow Leopard client.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)

    That is a common "urban myth" that the Apple Snow Leopard EULA forbids it.  However with respect to the OP, that is one factor that he can consider when he makes his own decision about whether or not the suggested solution works for his particular problem.

  • aloukonen Calculating status...

    Lots of programs don't work anymore. Sure, they're "old." Which is to say that Apple taken it upon itself to force us to upgrade, costing big money.

     

    My parents upgraded to Lion, lost access to all the Microsoft suite (excel, word, etc.). They also lost Quicken and several other programs. They're pretty annoyed.

     

    I was considering upgrading to Lion, though I really like Snow Leopard. The one and only reason I would do so is because of the iCloud "upgrade." After seeing how many programs they've lost by upgrading, I'd rather stay with SL and avoid iCloud. Honestly, the hassle that it would cause to go to iCloud with every other program I use daily isn't worth it. I'm going with third-party programs to replace iCal and Contacts, the first time I've ever done that, in years and years of using Apple computers. I'm not switching from Apple, because I've always used them, but their behavior with Lion (a forced, rushed "upgrade" that from most accounts pretty much s u c k) and iCloud ($29 to upgrade to Lion so you can use it, then $500 to replace all your programs that you lost) is surely losing them business.

     

    Not that they care about their loyal customers. They're sitting on their pretty billions.

     

    BTW, annoying when they censor the word s u c k. That is the actual description of Lion, is that why it's censored?

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