How to Install the Microsoft Compatibility Pack?

Since Microsoft has added the new Office Open XML formats to the earlier 2007 and 2010 Microsoft Office programs, users are facing issue in opening and then saving files with this format.


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This new format has been added for Office’s three basic applications, i.e. Word, Excel and PowerPoint. However, it doesn’t mean that you cannot open a file with Office Open XML format. Simply install the Microsoft Compatibility pack and get the job done in seconds.


The prime job of this compatibility pack is to allow a user open, edit and save the Office files using the file formats in newer versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The pack can be installed on a computer system that is running Microsoft Office XP programs, Microsoft Office 2000 programs and Microsoft Office 2003 programs, respectively.


Before you download and install the same for Office XP or 2003, make sure the installed version of Office as well as your Windows operating system is up to date. To check and update, follow these steps:


Click here to sign in to office account :


Windows 7 or Vista

Follow the path
Start -> All Programs -> Windows Update
Microsoft update will ensure that your operating system and other programs are up to date. If not, you will be prompted to install the updates.
Click Install
Provide the admin password, if asked

Windows XP
Open the URL for Microsoft update

Click Express to allow Microsoft update check whether your system is up to date or not
If it is not updated, you will be asked for the same; click Install
Once the update completes, follow the below mentioned steps:


Download the Microsoft Compatibility Pack

Open the link

On the webpage, you will see an a button labeled as “Download”
Installing the Microsoft Compatibility Pack

Windows Vista

Click Run on the downloaded setup
Enter the administrator password, if asked
Accept “Microsoft Software License Terms” and click Continue
Click Ok and it will begin installing the compatibility pack
Click Ok at the last step and it’s done

Windows XP

Click Run twice and then accept the “Microsoft Software License Terms”
Click Ok and the pack will be installed in few minutes
Click OK after the processing completes

After the complete installation of Microsoft Compatibility pack, you can open the files in the latest versions of Microsoft Office PowerPoint, Word and Excel. If you stuck somewhere between these processes, contact Microsoft Office customer support team and get an instant solution.


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