Act! 6.0 & Act! 2003 Can Be Installed
on Windows 7 & 8 64 Bit Systems
Update: A recent viewer has commented below that he tried this method of installing ACT! 6.0 on Windows 8 and it works exactly the same as installing ACT! 6.0 on Windows 7.
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I say Act! 2003 & Act! 6.0. They are in-fact the same edition of Act!, just by two different names.
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If you are like me, a small business owner, and using Act! 2003 by Sage Software and you have the windows 7 64 bit operating system, and you tried to install Act!, you ran into a compatibility issue. Act! 2003, Act! 6.0 would not install.
You may have tried the Windows compatibility tool in the control panel and found it does not fix the problem either.
Furthermore you went the Sage’s website and read this statement;
“Windows 7® (Only ACT! 2010 and later versions are supported on this OS)“
At first glance, this leads you to believe that you will not be able to use your current Act! 6.0 Act! 2003 version of the software on your computer.
This also leads you to believe that if you do not buy the latest version, (upgrade prices do not apply unless upgrading from Act! 2011 or later), that you won’t be able to have access to your contacts in the Act! program that you have grown accustomed to. In my case, I have over 3000 contacts in my version of Act!, and want to keep everything as-is.
So what options do you have?
Option #1 Install Act! 6.0 Act! 2003
You can ignore the incompatibility message and follow the instructions I am about to give you here, and install Act! 2003, Act! 6.0 on your Windows 7 64 bit system, or go with option #2.
What Sage failed to mention, because they want you to buy more software is this; only the setup menu when you click setup.exe or run autoplay from the ROOT directory on theCD is incompatible. The program itself will work just fine.
So what now?
The solution is very simple. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist, computer programmer, network administrator, nor a software engineer to install Act! 6.0 Act 2003 onto your Windows 7 computer.
All you need to do is open the Act! 6.0 folder on the CD and click the setup.exe and let it run, enter your serial number, and you are good to go. Back up your Act! database on your old system, and simply import that database into your Act! program on your new system. It really is that simple.
Export your contacts on your old system into a format such as tab-delimited, xls etc, then import your contacts into a different program you have such as Excel. If you do that, you lose all the customization of your contact screens, and the note history, and all sorts of stuff that will only work in Act! So upgrading would be an option if you are so inclined.
If this helped you, leave a comment and let me know.