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    Can 97 & XP coexist? (Word97 SR2b)

    Is there a way of installing Office XP over Office 97, retaining Word 97 but replacing the rest of Office? I want access to both versions of Word (not simultaneously). Can this be done without clobbering Word 97? A complication is that Word 97 has the WOPR add-on, so if XP grabs the existing normal.dot there might be non-functional menu commands etc.

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    Re: Can 97 & XP coexist? (Word97 SR2b)

    I've got both Word XP and Word 97, and they seem to co-exist without any problem.

    I previously had Office 97 with Windows NT 4, and they were replaced, completely, by Office XP and Windows 2000. I subsequently re-installed just Word 97. I use a separate Normal template for each version, and add-ins (but not WOPR) with Word XP but not with Word 97.

    Once I start Word XP after using Word 97 an installation-type box appears briefly with a "Preparing to install... " message, but as I understand things (from reading a Microsoft Knowledge Base article, if my memory's correct) that's expected and nothing to be concerned about.

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    Re: Can 97 & XP coexist? (Word97 SR2b)

    You might want to browse for tips on this over on the General Office Solutions board, where it is discussed frequently.

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    Re: Can 97 & XP coexist? (Word97 SR2b)

    Thanks to you both. I'll take the cruise over to GOS.

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