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    Installing Office XP (2000 SR1)

    Undoubtedly, this question has been covered but because the search function is down, I want to be certain of my intentions to install Office Professional XP
    Also, I've done a number of Google searches on installing XP and relevant considerations, but I trust the folks in the Lounge more than an unknown entity. So my questions:
    1. Install on top of my current version (2000 SR1)? It's been a while since I've installed 2000, so I can't remember the process then, but there's always that admonition related to some programs that old versions need to be uninstalled first. Are there, then, files/folders that can be deleted?
    2. Updates--yes, I know what to do.
    3. Realizing that everyone has his/her own preferences, what some generic ones that I need at least to check into regarding various settings? Are there any "suprises" (bugs) that I should anticipate?
    I should have probably done this sooner, especially considering that my company has a license with Microsoft which allows us to buy its programs at obscenely low prices. I've always been cautious, though, figuring that I'll let bugs be eliminated before I have to tend with the grief. (There's always grief with Microsoft, though.)

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    Re: Installing Office XP (2000 SR1)

    I was having problems with Office 2000, so I uninstalled it before upgrading to Office XP, and had no problems. It will require you to insert the Office 2000 CD to verify that you have a qualifying product for the upgrade, that's all. Or if you have Access 97 on your machine, XP will accept that as qualifying as well.

    Afterthought: Do a custom install, make sure you read the screens carefully because some of them don't say what they appear to say. Make sure everything you install is installed as Run from Computer, not Install on First Use. If you plan to interact with Outlook, make sure you dig down into the custom install for Outlook and turn on CDO, which is NOT installed by default. If you want to keep any earlier version files, make sure you don't misunderstand the screen that lists apps to remove or you will remove them instead of keeping them.
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    Re: Installing Office XP (2000 SR1)

    Getting a clean installation without doing a clean install is indeed a tricky thing, and many recommend just biting the bullet, re-formatting, and installing xp on a nice clean hard disk. I've tried it both ways, and the reason I went to the clean install was because of having to chase down little inconsistencies that seemed to keep popping up. I didn't lose any data the "on top of" way, but I had to redirect a lot of pointers to folders, a number of my programs were not in add/remove programs anymore, etc, etc. XP is also not perfect about upgrading device drivers, and chasing down all the little problems there isn't any fun either. Plus, a reformat is a dang good excuse to make sure your stuff is backed up, and makes for a good spring cleaning.

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    Re: Installing Office XP (2000 SR1)

    While agreeing with jkipk that a reformat, etc, is the "ideal" way to install a new Office version, MS has a utility -- Eraser2k -- which supposedly removes all vestiges of Office 2000 from your pc AFTER you do a control panel uninstall via "Add/Remove Software"

    It's worked well for me.

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    Re: Installing Office XP (2000 SR1)

    Dick,

    Thanks for the Eraser2k lead. Uninstalling a number of programs always leaves traces of unremoved files, .dll's, etc. Utilities like this one can save a lot of grief.

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    Re: Installing Office XP (2000 SR1)

    In general, clean installs are better.

    Just copy your Office 2000 templates, etc. to the corresponding Office XP directory.

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