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    SBE to Premium

    Am using the SBE of Office 2000 that came pre-installed with an IBM ThinkPad running Win2k Professional but, as you know, the SBE lacks PowerPoint and a few other applications.

    Need to know the best procedure to switch over to the Premium edition of Office 2000 - should I go the Add/Remove Programs route to completely (?) remove the SBE *or* is it safe to install Premium as is?

    Any advice would be helpful!

    Gratefully,

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    Re: SBE to Premium

    it's safe, if it'll install. some people are reporting problems when it asks for the cd and you provide the wrong one.
    i'd personally go the uninstall/reinstall route.

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    Re: SBE to Premium

    Hmm... uninstall/reinstall... how many personal settings will I lose?

    What else do I stand to lose? Registry woes?

    What would you say is the greatest benefit to uninstall/install new?

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    Re: SBE to Premium

    greatest benifit is having all the right registry keys and not having one program ask for one cd when the other wants a different one. (the msi can be a royal PITA about the cd's it wants)

    last time i did it, i lost a few custom settings and the toolbar always get reset to smart menu. backup your custom files - normal template, outlook's customizations, custom dictionary etc.

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    Re: SBE to Premium

    If you're worried about losing your settings, check out Microsoft's "Save My Settings" service. You can find it here.

    HTH

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    Re: SBE to Premium

    Those are great benefits!
    Help me remember the names of those files, if you would, please:
    >normal template
    >outlook's customization
    >custom dictionary
    > et al

    Any insight would be beyond appreciated!

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    Re: SBE to Premium

    Hey, that was awesome!

    Thanks for the tip!

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    Re: SBE to Premium

    i assume the great was for save your settings - but to answer your question anyway - outlook's rules (*.rwz), custom toolbar (outcmd.dat) and other files are stored in one folder. search for rwz and save the folder. your pst is there too, if you use one and haven't moved it.
    normal.dot is word's master template. custom.dic is your dictionary. some of the stuff is in the application data branch on your drive.

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    Great suggestion Scott. Also very useful if you are planning to move to a new system.

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    Re: SBE to Premium

    Yes, that assumption is correct... thanks for the file names!

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