When I try to install Office 2000 on my son's Win XP machine, I get the message:
Product Compliance Check
Setup failed to locate a valid qualifying product on your machine.
Please select the drive where a qualifying product can be found.
Error 1608. Could not find any previously installed compliant product on the machine for installing this product
How can I overcome this problem and install Office 2000?
I will appreciate all replies.
Pat <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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It sounds as though you are installing an "upgrade" version of Office, rather than a "full" version. The side of the box (if you have a retail box) should list the qualifying products. If you don't have that information, this list, from my package of the Developer edition, might apply to you:
<UL>Microsoft Office Professional, Small Business, Standard, Developer, and VAR edition (version 4 or later); Microsoft Works, Works Deluxe, and Works Suite (version 3 or later)
Microsoft Word (version 6 or later DOS/Windows); WordPerfect 4.0 to 5.1 for DOS; WordPerfect 5.1 to 6.1 for Windows
Microsoft Excel (version 5 or later); Lotus 1-2-3 2.01 to 3.4 for DOS; Lotus 1-2-3 1.0 to 4.01 for Windows
Microsoft PowerPoint (version 4 or later)
Microsoft Access (version 2 or later); Microsoft FoxPro (version 2.6 or later) or Microsoft Visual FoxPro (version 3 or later)
Microsoft Project (version 4 or later)[/list]Mine also lists Visual Basic Professional and Enterprise, but I doubt they apply to other versions of Office.
> I have Office2000 Premium. How can you tell if it's an "upgrade" version vs a "full" version.
<LI>On the CD, there is a black triangle on the upper left with Upgrade, in silver, in it.
<LI>On the front of the box, there is a red triangle that says "Special Upgrade Price."
<LI>It was half the price of the full version.
Getting that error message also is a pretty reliable indication.
> Is there a way to fool it into thinking you have a prior version?
I doubt it. If someone told you this was a full version, complain. Otherwise, you need to come up with a qualifying product, even if it's an old copy of Microsoft Works from a neighborhood garage sale or used bookstore. There are shadowy web sites that feature hacks and cracks, but that's not a topic we discuss in Woody's Lounge.
Thanks for that, talk about not seeing it (Upgrade triangle) for looking at it. Duh!
I guess I will have to try and overcome this another way.
Thanks for your time.
Pat <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
Thanks for your time and effort. I managed to install Office 2000.
To overcome this problem, one must keep and old copy of Microsoft Works (as you mentioned) or other Microsoft product to perform this.
Pity they didn't realise that people hang on to old machines as well as old software and that one needs a new c: drive from time to time (or may have to reformat the c: drive to get rid of a virus, as was my case), then they have to use your method to get themselves out of the muck.
My problem was that I threw out my Office 4.3 disks (32 in total) some two years ago.
I'll stop my rambling, thanks again.
I'm all <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>'s again.