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SUMMARY

This article describes the minimum system requirements for Microsoft Office 2003.

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The following lists the minimum system requirements to run Office 2003:

CPU

Office 2003 requires a computer Pentium processor with a clock speed of at least 233 megahertz (MHz). Microsoft recommends a computer with a Pentium III or faster processor.

Operating System

You can run Office 2003 on the following operating systems:
  • Windows Server 2003 or a later version
  • Windows XP or a later version
  • Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) or a later version
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008

Memory

Microsoft recommends that your computer have a minimum of 128 MB of RAM. An additional 8 MB of RAM are required for each Office 2003 program that runs at the same time.

Available Hard Disk Space

Office 2003 requires 400 MB of available hard-disk space. Hard disk requirements vary, depending on your configuration. Custom installation choices may require more or less hard disk space.

Disk Drives

Office 2003 requires a CD-ROM drive (or compatible DVD-ROM drive) for installation.

Monitor

A Super VGA monitor with at least 800x600 resolution and 256 colors is required.

Pointing Device

A Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device is required.

Other Requirements

Some Office 2003 features have additional requirements. These additional requirements are listed as follows.

Multimedia

A multimedia computer is required for sound and other multimedia effects. A hardware-accelerated video card or MMX processor provides improved graphical rendering performance.

Speech Recognition

Speech recognition requires the following:
  • A computer with a Pentium II 400 MHz or faster processor
  • A close-talk microphone
  • An audio output device

E-Mail and Internet

Microsoft Exchange Server, Internet Simple Mail Transfer Protocol/Post Office Protocol (SMTP/POP3), Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP4), or MAPI-compliant messaging software is required for e-mail. Microsoft Exchange Server is required for certain advanced functionality in Microsoft Outlook. Internet functionality requires either dial-up or broadband Internet access and payment of a separate fee to a service provider. Local or long-distance charges may apply.

Remote procedure call (RPC) HTTP requires Outlook 2003 to be installed on Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 with the update in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 331320 installed. To use RPC over HTTP, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 running on Windows Server 2003 is also required.

For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
822178 Overview of dependencies and requirements for Exchange Server 2003 features

Internet Explorer

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or a later version is required for Microsoft Office InfoPath.

Inking

Certain inking features require that you run Office 2003 on Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. For more information about Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/tabletpc/default.mspx

Advanced Collaboration Functionality

A Windows Server 2003-based computer running Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services is required for certain advanced collaboration functionality. For more information about Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint/

Information Rights Management

Information Rights Management features require access to a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that is running Windows Rights Management Services.

Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager

The following are the system requirements to run the Business Contact Manager add-in for Outlook 2003:
  • A computer with a Pentium III 450 MHz or faster processor
  • 256 MB of RAM or more
  • 190 MB of available hard disk space
Note You cannot use the Business Contact Manager add-in for Outlook 2003 with Microsoft Exchange Server.

REFERENCES

For more information about Office 2003, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/office

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Article ID: 822129 - Last Review: March 22, 2007 - Revision: 3.14
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office 2003, All Editions
  • Microsoft Office Access 2003
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2003
  • Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2003
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager
  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
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