I have used MS Excel 2007 for many years on a 32 bit computer. My newer computer is a 64 bit Windows 7 (yes, it's an antique :-). The 2007 software will not install on my 64 bit computer.
I spoke with Microsoft and they have offered me two alternatives:
Subscribe for $69.99 a year (download)
Upgrade to Windows 10 and purchase the current version
My preference has always been to purchase software rather than download and/or subscribe. I'd prefer not to upgrade to Windows 10 because I'm not a tech geek (installation). More importantly, there's always a learning curve with a new operating system and if it ain't broke, I don't want to fix it.
Given these issues, is there a reasonable solution for this, given the above parameters?
Is there any kind of patch that will allow 2007 to be installed on the 64 bit computer?
Is there a reliable way to purchase an older version of Excel compatible with the 64 bit Windows 7?
In lieu of such a solution, is there an alternative software (free or for sale) that will import/read XLS and XLSX files? I read some online recommendations but I have no idea if they are legitimate or reliable. For example, FreeOffice 'sounded' reasonable.
My spreadsheet needs are ultra minimal. I'm either cutting and pasting data in or importing it and my formulas do their magic. About the only thing that I need beyond that is an easy to use macro writer.
TIA for any suggestions.
Sometimes life has an sadistic sense of humor. Last week, the hard drive on my Windows 7 computer fried and rather than toss repair money at it, I bought a new computer which arrived today (Windows 10). If Excel doesn't install on it, I'll be baaaaack! :->)
Thank you to everyone who offered suggestions.