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    Different Access versions on same drive (2000/2002/2003)

    Are there any known problems with installing Access 2000, 2002 and 2003 on the same drive? I use Windows XP Pro and I was wondering whether, if there are problems, a way round them would be to set up different XP users and install each of the different Access versions whilst logged in as a different user?


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    Re: Different Access versions on same drive (2000/2002/2003)

    It is possible to install different versions on the same drive, with the following conditions:
    1. The oldest version should be installed first, the newest last, so start with 2000, then 2002, finally 2003. If you install an older version after a newer one, some things will not work.
    2. They should be installed into different folders; this should be no problem, since the default install folder is C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice for 2000, C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice10 for 2002 and C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice11 for 2003.

    You have to be aware of the following:
    1. When you open an .mdb or .mde file from Windows Explorer, it will start the version of Access that was most recently run. Since Access 2000 can't open a database in Access 2002 or 2003 format, it might be a good idea to use Access 2000 format in all three versions. Otherwise, always start the correct version of Access, then open the database from within Access.
    2. Some components of Microsoft Office are installed only once (in C:Program FilesCommon Files), so the last installed version will overwrite older ones. The Equation Editor is an example.

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