I am running Windows 10 64 bit operating system and decided to install Microsoft Office 2003, because I don’t like the interface and modifications of the new Office suite. Anyhow, after the installation when I try to create a document or open an existing document I was getting system error stating that C:\windows\system32\vfpodbc.dll is missing from my computer. I went to the system folder and really couldn’t find the vfpodbc.dll file there. I was wondering if it’s an issue of compatibility of the recent operating system with an old version of Microsoft Office, however I couldn’t find anything regarding compatibility issues on the Internet and even after calling the Microsoft support they said that there shouldn’t be any compatibility issues and the vfpodbc.dll is missing error is happening because the file is missing on my computer. Although they couldn’t help me to fix this issue, so I started to look for the solution by myself.
On most of the forums users advised me to not download vfpodbc.dll from third party websites, because it is dangerous and it can be a malware. However, the only solution I saw is to reinstall the whole operating system, which is nonsense. Luckily I found this website with genuine dll files and downloaded vfpodbc.dll file from here: http://fix4dll.com/vfpodbc_dll. I was able to confirm that the file is genuine by comparing the MD5 and SHA1 file sum with the original. After following the installation guide provided on the website I was able to launch Microsoft Office 2003 without any error. Feel free to use my method and share it with your friends.