Does Microsoft Office 2007 (32-bit) work on 64-bit Windows 7?

Shelly February 1, 2010

I just got a laptop w/ 64-bit Windows 7 operating system. My husband bought Microsoft Office a few months ago for his Vista laptop and it has licenses for 3 computers. The box doesn’t say it is compatible with Windows 7, but Windows 7 wasn’t out yet when he bought the MS Office. Can I use this MS Office or do I have to buy a newer version for Windows 7 and 64-bit operating system?

  1. Trevor Screws
    May 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I've noticed some compatibility issues with Office 2007 (Excel specifically) that are running in [Compatibility mode] (i.e. 32bit software running in a 64bit environment). The ribbon will freeze and the software will crash. I've experienced it on 2 separate machines - from my experience, it seems to be a common issue.

    My recommendation: if you're running a 64 bit machine, just go ahead and make the upgrade to Office 2010 - it's a better product anyway.

  2. Asfaw Gobeze Ayalew
    April 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    dear sir/madam

    i have using windows 7 machine with ms office word 2003.I was try to install ms office enterprise 2007 without removing the former this case i was tried to custom installation.But,when the installation process,it says error occurred.Then it roles back without completion.does it not suitable version? if not suitable this version,what type of shall i use? please help me! I hope i will get a guidance from you

    Thank you in advance

  3. Margaret
    March 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I got a desk top is windows xp service pack 3 (i don't know how check the bit is 32 or 64), and office enterprise 2007 in home. and anther desk top is windows 7 64bit office home and business 2010  in my shop office.dose them both the office   
    file con work each other by usb.

  4. Baldi7290
    September 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    We have run into issues with Publisher 2007 and Windows 7 64bit machines. The files will not open that were created on older machines, but they will open on 32 bit machines. We have tried uninstalling Office and reinstalling it but that didn't work. We have tried a coupld of hotfixes and those did not work. One thing we did notice the files will open up on computers using Office 2010. Any ideas?

  5. Intuna45
    August 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    My version will not open up at all, so will not install. Have you any tips for me ?

    • Tina
      August 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm


      We need more information. What version of Microsoft Office do you have? Where do you try to install it, i.e. which version of Windows?

  6. Freedom
    August 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Will Office 2007 install on XP 64 bit OS??

  7. Singhdee
    July 25, 2011 at 4:45 am

    I have been running office 2007 satisfacorily on Windows Xp (32-bit), Desktop. Now I am switching to Sony VAIO Laptop with Windows 7 Professional (64-bit). I am surprised to notice that my office files are missing the figures when I open office 2007 from Laptop. Please advise on this problem

  8. Linkjerry
    May 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    does not work for me, office installs fine opens once then never again

  9. Jaja
    April 21, 2011 at 3:00 am

    You might want to read pceasies post more carefully. Note that he says that the driver problem "doesn't apply to office."

  10. one line
    March 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Office 2007 Enterprise [32-bit] run in Windows 7 [64 bit][laptop]

  11. Theblooms
    February 25, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Admin, I can imagine how you treat your users. Glad you are not not in my office!

  12. yo mama
    December 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    hahaha you kids.

  13. nerd hater
    November 22, 2010 at 3:48 am

    admin, great way to use your nerd power to put someone down!

  14. pceasies
    March 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Yes, x64 operating system does with a builtin 32bit emulator for running most 32bit software.

    Most software incompatibilities occur when there are a lack of 64bit drivers. Which doesn't apply to office

  15. Harry Poland
    February 4, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Yep, I'm running Office 2007 Enterprise [32-bit] on Windows 7 64. I doubt there's really be any advantage to a 64 bit specific build of Office, it's not too processor hungry.

  16. Anonymous
    February 2, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Microsoft Office 2007 only has one version – the 32-bit edition. It installs and works fine on 64-bit computers. I've been using it for several months on my 64-bit Windows 7 computer without a problem.

    Office 2007 on 64-bit Windows 7 is installed to C:Program Files (x86). That's where all 32-bit software is put (64-bit software goes to C:Program Files ). That's probably the only difference that you would notice.

    • Myyoung
      March 8, 2011 at 2:29 am

      I'm having good luck with Office 2007 and Windows 7 64 bit accept when I select "Open File" in Office Access. I get massive screen flicker. I don't get that on my laptop running Vista Home Premium.

      • Adrian Thomson
        April 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm

        Does office outlook work on windows 7 as it wont install it, the word and excel part of it is fine though???????

        • Tina
          April 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm


          the Office package should install all components.

          Windows 7 supports Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007, and Outlook 2010. If you don't have these Outlook versions, you can use Windows Live Mail, which has replaced Outlook Express.

          If this doesn't answer your question, please post a new question by clicking the Ask a Question button on top of the page and filling in the question form. Thank you!

  17. Anonymous
    February 1, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    You don't say which version of Office your husband got. My guess is that he got Office 2007, the currently avaiable latest version.
    I believe you can definitely install a 32 bit version of Office 2007 on Windows 7 (64bit). If your version of Windows doesn't like the 32 bit version of Office 2007, it will not allow you to install. Don't be concerned about inadvertantly installing an application that will corrupt your operating system.
    In a perfect world, you would get the 64 bit version of Office 2007. It will love your operating system and wil run faster than an installed 32 bit version.
    In general, my experience has been that most (but not all) 32 bit applications will install and run successfully on Windows 7 (64 bit). If you attempt to install a 32 bit application that's incompatible with Windows 7 (64 bit), it will not allow you to install it.
    I have Windows 7 (64 bit) and it's great, but it won't allow me to install certain 32 bit apps.

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