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    Install Excel 2003 on Office 2010 Laptop

    I have a Dell WinXP desktop that came with Office Basic Edition 2003 installed, for which I have the unopened disc that came with the computer. I just purchased a Toshiba Win7 laptop that has Office 2010 installed from a disc that I do not have (purchased by a friend and good for three computers).

    Can I (will the computer let me?) install Excel 2003 on the Win7 laptop from my unopened disc and still keep the Office 2010 installation on the Win7 laptop? I find Excel 2003 much easier and faster to work with than the 2010 edition because of the learning curve (at my age), but I also don't want to lose the 2010 edition that is already installed. I'd like to make, at least for now, Excel 2003 the default on the Win7 laptop.

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    Seems like your asking for problems. Why mix old with new dll's etc ? If you have a newer version stay with it.In theory both programs might install, but there are a lot of common files that would cause confusion and open to lockups and other problems ..you can always contact Microsoft to find out there opinion but I would strongly recommend against doing any mixing of versions.

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    If you choose to have more than one version of Office installed you should always install the oldest first and then proceed to the newer version. This is to avoid a problem with shared components. In your case you should uninstall Office 2010, install Excel 2003, install all Office 2003 updates, re-install Office 2010 with a custom install to retain the Office 2003 installation.

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    Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll stay with what I have - 2003 on XP desktop and 2010 on W7 laptop. I don't want to lose the 2010 on W7 because I do not have access to disc to reinstall it again later when I have more time to learn it.
    Robert

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