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    Two copies of Word 2003 on the same machine? (Office 2003/Windows 2K/XP)

    One of our departments wants to know if it is possible to have two copies of Word 2003 on the same computer. The first one would be a stripped down version with only the functionality they want to use with an in-house application. It will need to have special formatting of the normal.dot and pull data in a certain way. The second one would be the full version of Word.

    I have read the posts indicating that multiple versions of Office (97 and 2000 for example) can be installed in separate folders. I just need to know if it is possible to have two copies of the same version on the same machine. I'll worry about how to set up the stripped down version later! <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

    This would be Office 2003 in a mixed Windows 2000/XP environment. Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Two copies of Word 2003 on the same machine? (Office 2003/Windows 2K/X

    I teach Word and find it useful to have the most recent and another version of Word on my laptop. I'm running WinXP and have installed both Word 2003 and Word 2000 on the same drive but in different folders. I'm able to update the 2003 version but not the 2000 version since Word 2000 is not installed where the updates look for it. Other than that both versions operate perfectly.

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    Re: Two copies of Word 2003 on the same machine? (

    Will the second environment get a lot of use? I was thinking that creating a second user account on the machine would be the easiest way to keep the custom settings separate from the normal ones. On the other hand, keeping Windows preferences in sync between two accounts is either a lot of tedious work or impossible, depending on how many things the user is changing.

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    Re: Two copies of Word 2003 on the same machine? (Office 2003/Windows 2K/X

    Just a thought, not a working solution: maybe the in-hous application can start an instance of Word with a specific template, in which everything is stripped that you don't need and that contains all the needed styles, etcetera?

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    Re: Two copies of Word 2003 on the same machine? (Office 2003/Windows 2K/X

    this may not work because not everything is stored in "normal.dot". The most reliable method we have found for teaching MS apps is to re-ghost machines after each class - profiles are stored locally so they are set back to normal ... we have a few other server side steps to ensure that the Outlook settings are identical each time.

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    Re: Two copies of Word 2003 on the same machine? (Office 2003/Windows 2K/X

    <hr>this may not work because not everything is stored in "normal.dot <hr>
    I don't understand what you mean. (Maybe I should sign Confused Jan now... <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> )
    You can put definitions for styles in an "attached" template (not Normal), modify the menu and commandbar entries for that template etcetera. This way you could simulate a "stripped down Word version". It's a lot of work, but it could be done, I think.

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    Re: Two copies of Word 2003 on the same machine? (Office 2003/Windows 2K/X

    Link to MSKB article provided by HansV

    See <!mskb=828957>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 828957<!/mskb>.

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    Re: Two copies of Word 2003 on the same machine? (Office 2003/Windows 2K/X

    Hi Jan,

    Some of the things that are not saved in normal.dot are auto correct and auto text entries, dictionary customisations etc... I can't remember them all now but I know in a training environment it can get pretty confusing for trainees if things aren't the same from PC to PC

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    Re: Two copies of Word 2003 on the same machine? (Office 2003/Windows 2K/X

    Hi Karen,

    Ahh, I see what you mean now. But Natalie asked for a stripped down version of Word. That's why I came up with the idea of an "attached templated" especially developed for the job at hand.

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    Re: Two copies of Word 2003 on the same machine? (Office 2003/Windows 2K/X

    Thanks for all the info everybody! I'll take it to the folks who requested it and see if any of this will work. I'll let y'all know what we came up with.

    Thanks again! <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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