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    2 Office versions on Vista (Vista (Home Premium))

    I have a split Hard drive. C: and D:

    Currently I am running Office 2007, but sometimes for reference purposes (based on my work) I also have Office 2003. Both are installed on the C: drive in 2 different folders. Though they do not seem to conflict (except for sometimes not being able to find a certain CAB file), I do find that they cause small irritations such as the duplicate version listing in the Office folder in the start menu, when I have multiple times seperated them into 2 seperate folders, (as you can see in the attached graphic).

    My question is: If I uninstall Office 2003 and then reinstall it on the D: drive, will this be OK. Will it work this way and "clear up this start menu prob" or is this NOT a good idea. If you can, please give me the pro's and con's of this intended action I wanna take.

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    Re: 2 Office versions on Vista (Vista (Home Premium))

    Microsoft state that you must install the earliest version first, so you are likely to end up with problems if you do what you describe. It would be better to remove both versions and install them again.

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    Re: 2 Office versions on Vista (Vista (Home Premium))

    I am not doubting your advice Tony, but does this apply if I install in to two different drives? (Partitioned)
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    Re: 2 Office versions on Vista (Vista (Home Premium))

    YES, as the control come from the "REGISTRY" not the program location.

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    Re: 2 Office versions on Vista (Vista (Home Premium))

    Ah, that makes sense.

    Other than the oder of installation, anything else I should be aware of...and any idea if it will solve the start menu and other conflicts??

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    Re: 2 Office versions on Vista (Vista (Home Premium))

    My Microsoft Office Start Menu folder exhibits the same behaviour. I think that the "Microsoft Office" folder is a "special" folder created by the installation and may not allow customization. Have you tried completely deleting the Microsoft Office folder and creating 2 new folders - one for 2003 and one for 2007? I'm not sure that will work but it might be worth a try.

    As for uninstalling 2003 and then reinstalling it, this could cause problems. As Microsoft recommends, different versions of Office should be installed from oldest to newest (see this article ) .
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    Re: 2 Office versions on Vista (Vista (Home Premium))

    I am planning to give my PC an overhaul and a good spring clean over the Xmas holiday time. I will uninstall both versions and install 2007 on C: and 2003 on D: in the correct order (oldest to newest). I will give that folder tip a try too and see if it works. TX Rebel and every one else who advised me!
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    Re: 2 Office versions on Vista (Vista (Home Premium))

    One other point: you can only use one version of Outlook, so youll have to choose between 2003 and 2007 for Outlook.

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    Re: 2 Office versions on Vista (Vista (Home Premium))

    Yes, also a good point. I have seen the down side of this at work with two Outlook versions running. It is NOT a good idea. Cheers
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    Re: 2 Office versions on Vista (Vista (Home Premium))

    "It is NOT a good idea"
    Not only is it not a good idea, it is impossible with Outlook 2007 and 2003 <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15> . If you choose to install OL 2007, it will remove any other version (except versions earlier than 2000) even if you choose keep earlier versions.
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