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    Re: Advice before I install

    Ed & Woody's new book (Using Office XP) has in the front "Ed & Woody's 10 minute Office XP tune up". It is a start, then through out the book, one will find different changes. I am sure that Ed, Woody and us users will find more to add to the list.
    By the way, if you use the 'Office Toolbar', during set you will find a entry in the listing "Not Available" don't believe it, just change the entry to 'Run from computer' and it will get installed.

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    Re: Advice before I install

    Thanks very much for drawing the very useful 10-Minute Tune-Up to my attention. However, it seems to be focused on key steps in customizing XP *after* installation, rather than the issue that is needling me, namely the relative advantages and disadvantages of doing a clean install vs an upgrade of an already highly customized install of Office 2000.

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    Re: Advice before I install

    I know that doing clean installs require a lot of extra work, but I have found that I remember a lot more of these settings, so I can use them on another computer. Each clean install will clean up most of the leftover problems (issues) from earlier versions.

    I even prefer to do a clean install when upgrading the OS's. This really requires a lot of work, but I feel that I have a cleaner better running machine for doing this. <img src=/S/thinks.gif border=0 alt=thinks width=15 height=15>

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    Advice before I install (XP)

    I've just got Office XP but have somehow resisted the temptation to install it immediately. I have a highly customized and tuned -- largely thanks to Woody et al -- installation of Office 2000 running on WIndows 2000 SP2.

    I'm aware of the advice that a clean Office install is always best -- but I'm also keen to minimize the tweaking time needed to get things back the way I'm used to them. So my questions are these:

    Is it really a better idea to clean install rather than to upgrade? Alternatively, does anyone have tried-and-tested tips on migrating preferences and settings from Office 2000 to a clean install of Office XP? Does the MS Save My Settings tool work properly in this scenario, and which settings exactly does it manage to save? Any other advice that may prove useful to me and all the other upgraders, before we do something we might regret?

    Thanks in anticipation!

    Ed

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    Re: Advice before I install

    Not to break rank .... <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> But I have had no issues installing any of the version of Office together. Thats my life anyhow, moving between versions of Office.

    The only real issue is which version of Outlook you want to have, as you cannot have multiple version of Outlook installed.

    Install into seperate directories and all should be good (except for HD space disappearing at large rates <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>)

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    Re: Advice before I install

    Thanks for all the advice!

    In the end, I decided to install as an upgrade and see how it goes. After all, should anything not work out OK, I would still have the options to nuke it and do a clean install after all, or -- having backed up O2K and run the Save My Settings wizard before installing XP -- revert back to O2K relatively easily.

    Everything seems to have upgraded smoothly, which the exception of a problem with Word macros that I've posted in the Word forum.

    Thanks again

    Ed

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    Re: Advice before I install

    As a supplementary question ... how would you (or anyone) define "clean" when installing a "real" version of XP after having had the Beta? Is it sufficient just to deinstall via Control Panel, or do I need to delete files and registry entries manually afterwards?

    The reason I ask is that I'm about to go out and buy Office XP Pro Special Edition at lunchtime and have to install it tonight, as the Beta turns into a pumpkin at midnight and I'm too much of a technology junkie to revert to O2k.

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    Re: Advice before I install

    If a program comes with a seperate "Uninstall" I will use it before I use the "deinstall via Control Panel". These seem to give me a cleaner removal of the program(s).

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    Re: Advice before I install

    Thanks for the advice.

    In fact, I'd already installed XP by the time I checked my mail. I first saved anything I wanted to keep, then used the uninstall via Control Panel, which simply fired up the "proper" uninstall. This left a fair few directories, which I zapped manually. Likewise a host of registry entries.

    Then copied the installation disk to my (fairly large) hard disk and installed from there, inserting my W2k disk when prompted to show I qualified for the upgrade. That way, I can install additional components without hunting for the CD-ROM.

    All went like a dream. I'm suspicious <img src=/S/thinks.gif border=0 alt=thinks width=15 height=15>

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Advice before I install

    I have installed Office XP Pro 10 times on my Windows XP beta testing machine. Each time I have run the Product Activation and have not had any problems. Of course I have not made any hardware changes. I am using Outlook 2002 as my e-mailer and have no problems. Seems to work very well for me.

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