Immediately after installing Office 97, I am no longer able to change the UAC level setting in the "User account control settings" dialog.
I can move the slider bar to a different level up or down but there is no response whatsoever when the ok button is clicked. After un-installing Office 97 completely (I also used eraser97.exe after the normal uninstall process to ensure that it was competely removed), the "User account control settings" dialog no longer even appears when clicking on the "Change user account control settings" link from the Action center.
From the research that I have done so far it seems that this is a common issue with people needing to use Office 97 and it may have something to do with a conflict between the macro protection system in Office 97 and the UAC implementation within Windows 7.
It is still possible to change the UAC settings by making changes directly within the registry but this is less than ideal and shouldn't have to be necessary. I am always logged on as an Administrator and have tried this on 4 seperate computers with exactly the same result. Please note that I am not able in this case to upgrade to a later version of office. I am using only Access from Office 97 and this contains a particular feature that is absolutely necessary for me, that later versions of Access don't have.
I fully understand that Office 97 is no longer supported by Microsoft, but I think that this is irrelevant in this case, as this is a Windows 7 bug when installing software that works correctly on Windows XP. Windows 7 should continue to work satisfactorily whether Office 97 is installed or not, just like any other legacy application. This is particulary true of core aspects such as the UAC.
We have already considered using the Windows 7 XP mode, but due to it's many limitations, this is not a suitable solution for most of the systems we need to install onto.
Note: Other than this issue Access 97 seems to work without problems on Windows 7.
I would be grateful for some assistance with this issue.