Compatibility Issue With Vista and Excel 2003

A customer of ProAPOD Real Estate Investment Software recently sought help because his copy of ProAPOD was opening as a “Read Only” file. Although ProAPOD is downloaded as an executable file that is NOT Read Only, and thereby fully operational, there have been several instances for Vista users when they had to manually reset the file from Read Only to Archive. When that didn’t work for this customer, I probed deeper and discovered that he was using Vista and Excel 2003.

This was not a red flag immediately. For all the ProAPOD real estate software solutions operate on all versions of Excel, and on all Windows platforms, including Vista. So I checked the web to see if there might be a compatibility issue issue with Vista and Excel 2003.

To my surprise, there were countless reports about a compatibility issue, and worse, no none fixes. One forum member I emailed said he had reported the problem to Microsoft months ago and heard nothing. I spoke with a tech at Microsoft, and he had no idea what to do about it. I later uncovered one possible fix, however; seemingly the issue corrects itself if the computer is running in Safe Mode.

Here’s the bottom line: ProAPOD Real Estate Investment Software might not function correctly if you use Vista and Excel 2003. If you want the Vista Windows platform, and continue to want to use ProAPOD without incident, you will undoubtedly need to upgrade to Excel 2007.

But exercise caution before going to Vista. There are still negative reports surfacing about the Vista program. Moreover, if you purchase Vista, it might create more problems for your computer if you later decide to remove it and then reinstall XP. My best advice is to stick with XP until Microsoft gets it right.

James Kobzeff

James Kobzeff has over thirty years experience as a realtor and investment real estate specialist. He is the developer of ProAPOD real estate investment software and freely shares his real estate investing articles.