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    Removing Office 97 (97 SR2)

    Hi,

    At my job, we are about finished deploying Office XP.

    As part of the deployment plan, Access 97 was left in place as users may not ahve been ready to migrate their databases.

    We are now at a point where we would like to remove Access 97 (ie remove 'Office 97'). We need to do this in an automated fashion (using a software deployment tool eg Marimba). We will need to remove from 5 thousand + pcs.

    Another issue is that the installations may have need installed from a network share or from a cd (ie the cd or shafre won't be available anymore).

    How can Office 97 be removed?

    There was a custom installation wizard with Office 97 though I don't remember if it or some other wizard was used to remove Office 97. Also, also will such a wizard remove Office regardless of it having been installed from a cd or share.

    I found Offcln.exe and tried it a bit but it seems to be an intereactive tool. Can it be automated to run with the depolyment tool?

    Is there some alternative removal method eg deleted msaccess.exe (97 version) and then delete the associated reg entries?

    All suggestions appreciated.

    TIA,

    Jimmy

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    Re: Removing Office 97 (97 SR2)

    Also, if I need to develop a wizard, can I use the ones from the Off XP resouce kit and reference a Office 97 (mst or opc (not sure how this works just yet))?

    thanks again.

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    Re: Removing Office 97 (97 SR2)

    Create your own OPC file and run the Removal Wizard with a command-line option that specifies your custom OPC file. For more details, see OPC File Syntax

    Yes, you can use tools from Office XP Reskit to remove Office 97 components.

    - OPC file (Office Upgrade control) specifies files, registry entries, INI file settings, and shortcuts associated with all components of Office.
    - MST file (Windows Installer transform) records changes to the master installation without altering the original package (MSI file).

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    Re: Removing Office 97 (97 SR2)

    I'll look into this. thank you.

    Jimmy

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    Re: Removing Office 97 (97 SR2)

    You can use Office 2003 Editions Resource Kit Tools - <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> download.

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    Re: Removing Office 97 (97 SR2)

    Hi,

    I read up some on the Office XP Res Kit, the Removal Wizard (Offcln.exe (Iremember it from the Office 97 days)).

    The way I'm understanding it, is that in my scenario of wanting to remove Access 97 (Office XP installed over Office 97 but kept Access 97), I should be able to run the Removal Wizard without customizing any of the OPC files. Ie, I want to remove all of Office 97 (which essntially is Access 97).

    Am I correct to think that I can just run the Removal Wizard and take its default behavior?

    Thank you.

    Jimmy

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    Re: Removing Office 97 (97 SR2)

    Yes, you can remove only core components (which is "default behavior"), specified in OCLNCORE.OPC file. However, I would recommend to look at additional components specified in OCLNCUST.OPC file and remove outline character (semicolon at the beginning of the line) for the components you want to remove.

    OPC files usually are in the same folder where OFFCLN.EXE is. You can open and edit them with Notepad.

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    Re: Removing Office 97 (97 SR2)

    I will. Thanks.

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    Re: Removing Office 97 (97 SR2)

    I suggest that you create a copy of the fonts folder in Windows and rename it. This is because Microsoft sometimes removes fonts from the current collection, and if you happen to be using a font only to find that it is not installed in your new setup or computer you might be annoyed, or at least waste a lot of time digging it up again. On the other hand, the latest OpenType versions of specific fonts can safely be assumed to be superior to their TrueType predecessors.

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    Re: Removing Office 97 (97 SR2)

    Thanks for the tip.

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