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    Office 2003 set up files (xp home)

    I just installed office 2003, at the end of the installation it asked if I wanted to delete the setup installation files, however, it suggested to keep them for future updates. So I kept them. When I do a disk clean up, the set up files show up. Should I delete them, or keep them?

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    Re: Office 2003 set up files (xp home)

    If you did a Standard install, there probably are some features that will need to be installed later when you first access them. It will be much more convenient if they are on the hard drive. On the other hand, if you are running short on space, you can always do the installs from CD.

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    Re: Office 2003 set up files (xp home)

    if you have plenty of free space, keep them.

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    Re: Office 2003 set up files (xp home)

    If I understand this correctly, one of the things at issue here is the value of the setup files. Why you need them? What I get from Woody's Office 2003 book is that the value they have is for allowing you to go back to the previous installation if you have to. But you also could reinstall the previous edition if you needed to.

    "The Windows installer creates a file called Config.msi to store files it removes during the setup process so that you can roll back to the previous installation process if necessary. If you find this folder on your computer after sucessfully installing Office 2003, you can safely eliminate it and recover the disc space without any dire consequences. Unless you specify otherwise, Setup also creates and saves log files that contain information on all Setup actions, changes to the Registy, files copied, and so on. You can locate these files in your system's Temp directory; each one begins with the name of the Office version, followed by the word Setup and a number. You can open each file by using WordPad or any text editor."

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    Re: Office 2003 set up files (xp home)

    You are wrong. Not sure what Woody is talking about, but it's not the local cache Office wants to use.

    Google for "office 2003 msocache" here are two hits.
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=825933
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;830168 (FAQ)

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    Re: Office 2003 set up files (xp home)

    <hr>When I do a disk clean up, the set up files show up<hr>
    BTW. According to the FAQ this is the proper way to delete them. I'm not sure what it does differently than deleting using Windows Explorer does, but i deleted mine using WinExplorer when i needed more free space. I was a bad girl <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Office 2003 set up files (xp home)

    Thanks--

    MJ I've always not been clear about setup files in Office, XP, SP1 and seen the questions about whether to keep them or not, and of course often (I can't remember if the new MOS 2003 or XP does this) it will say in so many words it's better/preferable to keep them, but ditch them if you need which the room which has always gotten me to keep them (for a rainy day or if I need them not knowing why). Part of my motivation for putting that up was to make sure I was right. So correct me if I'm wrong, and thanks for the helpful KB's--I should have remembered to search them. The KB's are saying:

    The set-files are stored in Msocache and their values is that if they are on your hard drive, you could have your laptop somewhere when the CD was home or somewhere else and not need them

    If you get a chance to take a look at Woody's Office 2003, book, I'd appreciate your take on his discussion I found from the only index item called "Setup.exe" included in his section pp. 1210 and 1219 under the heading "Using the Windows Installer: Fixing Setup Problems" and his discussion of Config.msi. I'd like to be able to distinguish these two and right now I can't. The KB seems pretty clear, but I wonder how Woody differentiates this other situation.

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    Re: Office 2003 set up files (xp home)

    MJ--

    Do you know what the purpose of the Config.MSI folder is? I have one Office XP made--it's empty. I've always opted to keep my set up files because the dialogue boxes strongly intimate it's preferable to do it, but of course they don't say why. This came up with the large download for Windows XP SP1--how much real estate they take up in Office XP or MOS 2003 I don't know but I'll try to find out.

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