Using MS Office 2003 and MS Office 2007 at the same time

Using MS Office 2003 and MS Office 2007 at the same time

Post by Rkg » Thu, 25 Sep 2008 11:41:00


I have both Office 2007 and 2003 installed. I use 2007 primarily for
compatibility with newer documents and Outlook 2007 (and many other things)
and use 2003 for general usage. (I am not a fan of the ribbon.) However, when
I switch between Word 2003 and Word 2007, I have to wait for each program to
install itself, or configure itself, again, before using it. It only happens
when I switch (close Word 2003, then open Word 2007, and vice versa) but it
happens every single time. How can I get it to stop re-installing each time I
want to use one Office application from 2003 and another from 2007?
 
 
 

Using MS Office 2003 and MS Office 2007 at the same time

Post by Allen Brow » Thu, 25 Sep 2008 11:51:23

You can't stop this. The reinstallation needs to occur, so the right
libraries are registered.

In Access (since you asked in an Access group), applying Service Pack 1 will
reduce the time it takes to reregister from several minutes to around 20
seconds. If you don't have SP1, you can get it here:
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

--
Allen Browne - Microsoft MVP. Perth, Western Australia
Tips for Access users - http://www.yqcomputer.com/
Reply to group, rather than allenbrowne at mvps dot org.

 
 
 

Using MS Office 2003 and MS Office 2007 at the same time

Post by VG9tIFdpY2 » Thu, 25 Sep 2008 11:53:01

You can't stop this behavior when two versions are loaded on the same
partition. However, if you haven't already installed service pack 1 for
Office 2007, you should go ahead and do this. The reports that I have heard
is that the wait time is significantly reduced.

One method to avoid this behavior is to install the free Virtual PC from
Microsoft, and then create virtual machines. However, you need PC hardware
that is fairly modern (fast processor, plenty of RAM [2 GB Minimum], and
plenty of hard drive space). You'll also need a licensed copy of Windows for
each virtual machine you create.


Tom Wickerath
Microsoft Access MVP
http://www.yqcomputer.com/
http://www.yqcomputer.com/
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Using MS Office 2003 and MS Office 2007 at the same time

Post by Rkg » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 02:22:01

Thank you both for the suggestions. That's too bad that it has to reconfigure
though. I wish there was an option to go back to the old toolbars and not use
the ribbon (that wasn't a 3rd party solution). That's really the only reason
I use 2003 versions of anything - my productivity is lowered drastically in
2007.
 
 
 

Using MS Office 2003 and MS Office 2007 at the same time

Post by VG9tIFdpY2 » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 03:25:01

I share your opinion on the productivity being lower (much lower), at least
it is for me.


Tom Wickerath
Microsoft Access MVP
http://www.yqcomputer.com/
http://www.yqcomputer.com/
__________________________________________
 
 
 

Using MS Office 2003 and MS Office 2007 at the same time

Post by Dominic Ve » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 07:22:19

It has seriously dampened my productivity too, but I believe that's because
Microsoft wanted it to be friendlier to typical pc users and wanted
MS-Access to be easier for them to use. It's obvious they want 'Business
Server', 'Sql Server' and the real 'Visual Studio' to be the official
developer tools.

I also think they purposefully try to impose destruction of previously
purchased software through updates (not sure how they do this legally except
by calling old (5 years) software a security risk). This way you have to
purchase the new versions.

It hurts (business and personnally), but you have to live with it.