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    Running Office 2000 & XP together (2000/XP)

    Hi.

    I need to install Office XP in order to develop some stuff for a client. The client has provided me with XP disks & licences, which I will have to give back at the end of the project and remove XP from my machine.

    Within my own work environment, I use Office 2000, and I have no desire to permanently upgrade it at this time. So:

    - What are the issues in having both 2000 and XP installed on the same machine?
    - Can I easily remove XP without affecting 2000?
    - What happens to file extension registrations when I do (Win2k)?

    If you could answer these before I go for a gung-ho install of XP, I'd be grateful. Thanks.

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    Re: Running Office 2000 & XP together (2000/XP)

    I never run these two versions of Office on the same computer, but according to some messages (search Woody's Lounge), they can't coexist peacefully.
    About "easily removing", it's always pain in the neck, and you never can be sure you remove all registry entries. What I suggest, create an image (with Norton Ghost or similar program) of your hard drive, install Office XP, do your job, and instead removing, simply restore your previous configuration from image. Or use full backup/restore, if you prefer this method.

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    Re: Running Office 2000 & XP together (2000/XP)

    They ought to just lend you a new Dell with XP for $800 and KVM switch for the peripherals. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Running Office 2000 & XP together (2000/XP)

    One of the problems is that XP replaces at least some of the dlls for Office 2000 with libraries of the same name but different versions. I suspect that uninstalling XP may break 2000 even more completely than trying to run them together. I know when I tried Access XP with Office 2000 and then uninstalled Access XP because of the problems it caused, it broke parts of my Office 2K installation that I never did get fixed on that machine. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Running Office 2000 & XP together (2000/XP)

    Two versions of Office cannot FULLY co-exist in the same bootable system.

    Set up a dual boot system to keep the versions of Office separated.

    Since you would need to return the software, that's an equally good reason to use a dual boot system.

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    Re: Running Office 2000 & XP together (2000/XP)

    That isn't entirely true, Howard. Versions of Office that are based on the same version of VB (i.e., Office 2000 and XP) cannot really co-exist on the same bootable system. I've run multiple versions of other Office releases for years without problems. The only true exception is Outlook, since you can only have one version of it installed at a time.
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    Re: Running Office 2000 & XP together (2000/XP)

    It's got nothing to do with VBA.

    I tried running Office 95 and Office 97 on the same bootable system a few years ago. I was immediately affected buy conflicts with the file converters recognized.

    No two versions of Office can FULLY co-exist in the same bootable system. One might get lucky for their own particular use, but one will get byten in the @#$!% at some point.

    In some cases, you might get around the problem by using .reg files to register the appropriate version, but that ain't no way to live.

    On a dual boot Win 95/Win 3.1 system, I have Office 4 installed in Win 3.1 and Office 95 installed in Win 95. I access Word 6 whilst booted to Win 95 by using a shortcut to the Word 6 .exe, but even that is not clean, as some menu options are then not available.

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    Re: Running Office 2000 & XP together (2000/XP)

    I wasn't talking about VBA, Howard, but the VBE, which appears to be the big problem between 2000 and XP. Since they're built on the same version of VB, the VBE library for XP overwrites the one for 2000, causing unexpected problems. Sorry if you've had problems, but these are the first two versions I've had trouble running together.
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    Re: Running Office 2000 & XP together (2000/XP)

    You've been lucky.

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