The blessed Office 2007 pre-install trial version!

The blessed Office 2007 pre-install trial version!

Post by Lapha » Thu, 12 Mar 2009 06:16:51

Hi All

I'm using a VB6 app to connect to MS Word and produce/populate a lovely doc
of Word type origins.

This worked fine when the user simply installed Office 2000, 2003, etc onto
their laptop, but a number of laptops are coming with an Office 2007 trial
pre-installed, which the user has no idea about, and when they subsequently
re-install their Office 2000, 2003 whatever on it, my app throws a wobbler
because it doesn't know which version of Word to use. The error is usually
a problem with 'Automatiion'??

If the user only has one version of Office on their laptop/PC it works fine
and I still want my app to simply use any version of Word it can find, it
currently works with Office 2000, XP, 2003 and 2007 without issues -
providing that only one variant is installed, but is there anyway I can sort
of get round this possible dual install of Word versions?

For some reason a really mickey mouse (and old) app, not sure what it was
written in, doesn't have this problem at all - it just seems to pick a
version automatically - even though it doesn't really know one from the

Any ideas?

Many thanks.

The blessed Office 2007 pre-install trial version!

Post by Doug Robbi » Thu, 12 Mar 2009 06:54:27

The MM app probably uses Late Binding.

See the article "Early vs. Late Binding" at:

Hope this helps.

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