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    Can Office 2003 & 2007 co-exist?


    by nebraska jack ·

    I run a small in-house training facility, focusing on Office 2003 apps. I am excited about expanding my offerings to include Office 2007 but I am expecting a rather slow conversion period where I will have to teach both 2003 and 2007 classes. My question is this: any thoughts on the best way to get the two programs to co-exist on the machines (12) in my training lab? I have had suggestions including dual boot hard drives, external bootable USB hard drives or flash drives, and even running one of the programs from a server. Has anyone had any experience and/or success with these or any other options? I would appreciate any input.


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    • #2536185


      by nebraska jack ·

      In reply to Can Office 2003 & 2007 co-exist?


    • #2536178

      Office 2003 & 2007

      by millertimes ·

      In reply to Can Office 2003 & 2007 co-exist?


      You can not have Office 2003 and Office 2007 Installed on the same machine.

    • #2524336

      Use Virtual PC 2007 (free) from Microsoft

      by dghp ·

      In reply to Can Office 2003 & 2007 co-exist?

      Download Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 from Microsoft and load the Virtual Hard drive.

      I am currently teaching users with Windows XP, Office 2003, Visual Studio.NET 2003, FrontPage, DreamWeaver. In a virtual machine, I have Vista Business, Office 2007, Visual Studio.NET 2005, and Expressions. This weekend, I added another machine and am testing .NET Orcas.

      It also helps me to get “up to speed” by seeing the programs work side by side.

      I tried dual booting, but I need to switch too often for this to be a “reasonable” solution.

      Virtual PC is not perfect and at first I was hesitant to try it. In my environment, this is the best solution.

    • #2945984

      Short answer is yes

      by kenone ·

      In reply to Can Office 2003 & 2007 co-exist?

      Long answer is you’ll have to be very careful doing the installs, obviously they have to install to different directories, and getting all the default settings right can drive you crazy. If you get one setup correctly and you can just image the rest that wouldn’t be to bad.

      • #2945980

        Possible…. but not recommended….

        by thumbsup2 ·

        In reply to Short answer is yes

        …. Here’s the reference and instructions on how to do it even though MS doesn’t recommend it.

      • #2998975

        Office 2003/2007 Coexistance

        by davidclaywood ·

        In reply to Short answer is yes

        Order of installation
        Note This order of installation also applies to the Microsoft Office stand-alone products–for example, Microsoft FrontPage.

        If you want to install and use more than one version of Office on the same computer, you must install the earliest version first. For example, if you want to use both Office 97 and Microsoft Office XP on the same computer, install Office 97 first. You must follow this step because of the way that registry keys, shared programs, file extensions, and other settings are managed for each version of Office, and for the programs that are included with each version of Office.

        The following table shows the order that you must use install each version of Office.Collapse this tableExpand this table.
        Version | Order
        Office 97 | First
        Office 2000 | Second
        Office XP | Third
        Office 2003 | Fourth

        Important If you subsequently remove one of the installed versions of Office, you may have to reinstall the remaining versions of Office in this order for each version to work correctly.



        They totally ruined Office, they rammed it down our throats like facist dictators.
        It would have been nice if they had included an option to use ribbons or not.

    • #2998905

      Of course they can …..

      by thorrington ·

      In reply to Can Office 2003 & 2007 co-exist?

      You can install multiple versions of Office to any system but keep the installation files locally as switching between the two requires updating the core office files.

      This typically requires the installation *.cab files and waiting can be a real pain…

      I also run office 97 but for some reason that requires specific fonts to be removed to accomodate the other versions on the same drive. Otherwise the office security *.mdw files become invalid.


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