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    Testing Office 97 on WinXP (Off 97 SR1)

    Hi,

    I would like some suggestions on things to test in Office 97 SR1 on Win XP. We currently are on NT4 but need to test our apps on Win XP. Ideally I would like to develop a script or checklist for my colleagues to use.

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    Jimmy
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    Re: Testing Office 97 on WinXP (Off 97 SR1)

    Number one on "To Do" list:
    (from <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.woodyswatch.com/office/archtemplate.asp?v7-n01>Woody's Office Watch vol.7 no.1</A>)

    If you're using Office 97, you have my condolences. It's
    unstable, ornery, and lacks all sorts of important features
    that appeared in Office 2000. That said, I know many of you
    plod along with it, and I know how hard it is to get the
    bean counters (and even, surprisingly, the IT folks in some
    shops) to get with the system. If you're stuck with Office
    97, and there's no way out, you should update it to Service
    Release 2b. The safest and easiest way to do so is to drop
    by the SR-2b page at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/9798/sr2off97detail.aspx>Office 97 Service Release 2b (SR-2b) Download Information</A> and follow the instructions.

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    Re: Testing Office 97 on WinXP (Off 97 SR1)

    Will the XP platforms be running Office 97 as well? If they're running anything later than that, you'll run into problems with newer versions of ActiveX controls, assuming you used any in your application. I've seen that problem in particular with the MSComctl.ocx and the Calendar control. The later versions got new methods and properties inserted into the middle of the collections. That means any code calls to them break right away because you're trying to address the wrong method or property. <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>

    We had to put code into a 97 database to test for the XP version of the Calendar control and disable the control on our forms if it was present. The references automatically look at whatever's in System32, even if the correct version is floating around elsewhere on the machine.
    Charlotte

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