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    I have made a program for work in excel 97.

    And smart me bought a computer so i can do my own work at home and burn it to cd to bring it in and distribute it.

    But Stupid me is getting Windows XP installed as the operating system. Is this gonna totally screw up my chances of adjusting my program?
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    Have you used a a lot of API calls?
    Do you have Excel 2002 (aka XP) at home?
    Have you used modeless userforms?
    Have you copied builtin controls using face id's?

    If the answers is no, then there's a good chance it'll be ok. If the answer is yes, just take it into work and test the hell out of it.

    HTH

    PS. Yes, it tends to be a good idea to program on your target platform.

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    I have found some of the code is slightly different between versions but you would only need to run it on a 97 ver and debug it to fix it up , its only a very small portion of code, unless your using some of the new features in xp then it wont work>!!!>

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    Thanx boiz.

    unfortunately my platform is based around reps from around the country...(with their own laptops). One problem i tend to find already is running applications from excel where it calls for an outlook application to run.
    Oh well.
    A good programmer has to elimiate all errors...(I'll work it out).
    I just had a stress attack. I'm picking up the computer today and know nothing about harware or software.
    I guess next time i should get someone with better qualifications than myself to make the neccesary purchase on my behalf.

    Thanx again

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    Thanx boiz.

    unfortunately my platform is based around reps from around the country...(with their own laptops). One problem i tend to find already is running applications from excel where it calls for an outlook application to run.
    Oh well.
    A good programmer has to elimiate all errors...(I'll work it out).
    I just had a stress attack. I'm picking up the computer today and know nothing about harware or software.
    I guess next time i should get someone with better qualifications than myself to make the neccesary purchase on my behalf.

    Thanx again
    Colin

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    If you can't control which version the user is going to be using, then you should target Excel 97 if that is the lowest common denominator. Be careful if you're using API calls, usually if you include the NT and Win9X version you'll be covered.

    If the app is trying to call Outlook when somtimes Outlook isn't installed, simply use error trapping so that when the error is Outlook-Missing-type raised you tell the code to do something else. (that's how the good programmer eliminates mistakes)

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    Mark. Thanks for the advice.
    Its always good to know a novice has help on hand.. such as this web site provides.

    Cheers mate

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    (that's how the good programmer eliminates mistakes)
    Yeah, I wasn't referring to myself here. I'm crap at that sort of thing. My skill level is suited to this site.

    G'Night.

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    im lost .. i gues from reading that the issues are not Windows, the higher up the laf=dder to Xp the better and stable, but you clearly hight Excel issues, Mark have taken my words i target all project in 97 it has enougfh power and tends to run up XP will sometimes not run down

    outlook
    protection
    tabs
    word object s

    as are tricky areas, as some cell formatting can be,....

    just the way improvemenst are added older version dont understand it

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    Actually, I took that advice from a guy called Rurik Turton about 3 years ago.

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