You should be able to open all excel files. The file format changed in xl97,
but hasn't changed since.
(I use win98 and Office XP (2002), by the way--so you could upgrade through
Office XP if you wanted. But you won't be able to go to Office 2003. That does
need a more recent version of windows.)
I guess the next question is: What happens when you try to open one of these
Do you get an error message?
Just a guess, but maybe this link from Chip Pearson's site will help:
Iam running Windows 98 with Word and Excel from Office 97. I can't open any
files created from Excel or Word 2002 SP-2. Is there a way I can open these
files. I can't upgrade to that level because of the level of Windows Iam