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Install Office 2013 on Windows Vista?


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We all know that the latest compatible version of Office with Vista is 2010. I think that you can install Office 2013 in Vista by editing some EXE and DLL.

The main error comes from SETUP.EXE that comes out a window that says "This program requires a more recent version of Windows", I think that using hexadecimal editors you can remove that Windows version detector.

If also another thing like cheating the installer with which you are using Windows 7 and not Vista for open the Office 2013 Installer.

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Office 2013 will not work in Windows Vista since it requires system APIs that are only in Windows 7 or later. Here’s an example of an error you’ll get when attempting to run it:

“The procedure entry point K32GetProcessImageFileNameW could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll”

I have to ask... why would you want Office 2013 anyway? It’s ugly, slow, and bloated... The fact that it doesn’t work with Vista is a blessing in disguise as far as I’m concerned. 

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I know Office 2013 is ugly, but I'm doing tests in Vista, despite everything I think that editing setup.exe and kernel32.dll is enough, since Vista is NT6.0 and 7 is NT6.1

I wonder, how do you know about the K32GetProcessImageFileNameW error if the installer blocks any system prior to Windows 7?

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Ever heard of fcwin2k?

On 6/20/2018 at 4:40 PM, slayer1994 said:

It's one of Blackwingcat's tools and it allows to fake the version of windows  to install new software... BTW I upload it since the link is dead.
fcwin2k.rar

Then again, there are other ways, too...

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I do not understand how this is used, I'm using Windows Vista x64 and when I choose Windows 7 and SP1, when I give it to Fake Reg, it still shows that damn window that requires a newer version of Windows. Another thing that could help the program is to use Chrome 41+ as it enables the Aero Glass and does not show the annoying message that it will not be more compatible with XP and Vista.

I run the fcwin2k as administrator !!!

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I just need K32EnumProcesses and maybe another function or two in the x86 kernel32.dll to get the Office 2013/2016 installers to run.

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6 hours ago, win32 said:

I just need K32EnumProcesses and maybe another function or two in the x86 kernel32.dll to get the Office 2013/2016 installers to run.

Won't the superior x64 version work anyways?

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Hello everyone, excellent news, now I have IDA Pro and it no longer appears that it requires a recent version of Office 2013, since I modified the cave code :) In Windows XP x86 it works, in Vista (both artitectures) I imagine that too.

There are only some dependencies that I will watch later on setup.dll and/or osetup.dll.

Now this will get good with the win32 extended kernel:yes:

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