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My aunt bought a Vista comp (HP) several weeks ago, and after ridding the system of Office 2007, it went haywire. After installing a standard load of programs (AVG, Spybot, Zonealarm, Ad-Aware, uTorrent, Limewire, Office 2003, Steam, Firefox), the computer slowed down to the point which it would take more than 2 minutes to boot to desktop. Keep in mind this is a Q6600 with 2 GB ram and 250GB hard drive. It doesn't happen, and to boot, my backup 4 year old 3.0Ghz P4 with 1 GB ram and 80 GB HD runs faster than it, albeit on XP. Anyways, the main point is that there is a problem with Office 2003 and Vista, specifically Excel. None of the 'math' symbols on the keyboard would show up as symbols in the cell. Instead, some spanish/french/??? letters would substitute in. How do I fix this? I don't have this problem in XP at all.

I'm seriously thinking of downgrading her computer to XP.

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sounds like your install was corrupt. uninstall and try a reinstallation

also go to start>>run>>msconfig>>boot>>>advanced options and make sure your using all of the cores on boot and put a chek in max memory.
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In the start menu, go to Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office Tools > click Microsoft Office 2003 Language Settings.

Then make sure that the default language is set to English (US).

On the side note, Run Defraggler. It will notably increase computer speed and decrease booting time.
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Oh yeah, I also disabled some none critical services at startup in MSCONFIG, most notably the Logitech programs.

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In the start menu, go to Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office Tools > click Microsoft Office 2003 Language Settings.

Then make sure that the default language is set to English (US).

On the side note, Run Defraggler. It will notably increase computer speed and decrease booting time.
I use Power Defragmenter.

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ZoneAlarm Security suite? if yes, then you shouldnt be running AVG or Spybot ;]
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No, just the free firewall. I don't really like to pay for any unnecessary software.
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i have office 2003 on vista and i've yet to have any problems... maybe the install got messed up somewhere, try completely removing it and see if it is still slow, if it is keep uninstalling those programs 1 by 1 to see which one it actually is. - at least, thats my advice, lol.
    
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There are no known issues with Office 2003 and Vista. Your problems are Zone Alarm and Limewire. Zone Alarm is notorious for slowing machines down to a crawl, and Limewire is riddled with spyware.
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