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[updated 16:42 9th May 2007 with url for MS Support of this]
[updated 9:45 22nd July 2007 with url to fix for install dialog coming up with word]

I was recently asked in Office 2003 and Office 2007 can co-exist on the same system.  The answer is yes, except for Outlook which as in previous versions get a little precious if this is attempted (it will not let you do this, btw).  You can choose to have them both installed to the same drive or one to an external hard drive, it does not matter.  The key option is when installing Office 2007 is to customise the options and select to NOT uninstall the previous versions.

When you install both copies of Office to be installed on 1 machine that switching between Word 2003 and Word 2007 will result in an install dialog box coming up.  See How to get rid of the installer / configuration dialog when running Office 2007 and Office 2003 on the same system - for Vista and other versions of Windows to fix this.

For more support information, look at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/928091 which details the install order and any key requirements

Thanks

 

David


Posted Wed, May 9 2007 2:40 PM by David Overton

Comments

Mark Schambach wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, May 9 2007 4:01 PM
David: I own Office 2003 Pro and Office 2007 Pro and have them both running on a Vista Home Premium dual core laptop with 2 gig RAM. . I had some problems with Outlook 2007 and called the Office 2007 support people. I was told by the tech support person that Microsoft does NOT support having multiple versions of Office on the same PC. because Microsoft Updates will result in system file incompatibilities and system instability. I have since turned off auto update. Suggestions?
David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, May 9 2007 4:45 PM

Mark,

great question - I have updated the blog post to include a link to the support page that tells you how to do this.  Call back Microsoft and discuss it with them again!

ttfn

David

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on Thu, May 10 2007 6:07 AM

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Les Fackrell wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Jun 1 2007 3:12 AM
Is there a way to get rid of the installer whenever you fire up a program from office 2003 and office 2007. Like launching word 03 and then launching word 2007?
David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Jun 5 2007 9:34 AM

Les,

out of curiosity, which did you install 1st?  Also, if you have a look at the link in the blog post that states the install order and requirements - did you vary from it at all, for example, trying to have both versions of Outlook installed or installing Office 2007 after Office 2003?

thanks

David

Frank wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Jun 7 2007 2:32 AM

David,

I searched the MS Knowledge base numerous ways trying to find this information and did not even come close.  I gave up, went to Google, and found yours.  Thanks for making this available.

Frank

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Dane Hedrick wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Jun 7 2007 5:23 AM

David,

I installed the trial version of office 2007 and used it for a month or so with Vista Premium.  I then decided to uninstall it and install office 2003.  The PSTs from 2007 were still there and when I ran Outlook 2003 it picked them up and tried to start.  I then get the following error "Microsoft Office has stopped working", options: "check online for solution and close program" (nothing found) or "close the program".

I have since uninstalled Office 2003 and removed all profiles and even the Outlook folder that held the PSTs.  But reinstalling Office 2003 yields the same error when trying to run Outlook.

Is there something I need to remove to allow Office 2003 to work when reinstalled, Outlook 2003 seems to be the only program that is having problems?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Dane

Matt frye wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Jun 7 2007 4:32 PM
Hi Dave I have an SBS 2003 with Office 2007 installed but am having the WSS - Outlook 2007 issue. I would like to have outlook 2003 can i just uninstall outlook 2007 and install outlook 2003 also any idea if WSS 2 will ever work with Outlook 2007? cheers
David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Jun 7 2007 5:27 PM
Bruno wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sat, Jun 16 2007 3:56 PM
Hi. I have a problem with Office 2003 and 2007 on the same system. When I run Word 2003 and then Word 2007, the latter executes Office 2007 setup before it starts, and keeps me waiting for a few minutes... and then, when I run Word 2003, it executes Office 203 setup. Is this normal?
David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sat, Jun 16 2007 4:10 PM

Bruno,

can you confirm for me that you followed all the steps in the Knowledge Base article linked to in the post above?

thanks

David

Bruno wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sat, Jun 16 2007 5:24 PM
Oh, I haven't looked in that article, thanks! I guess I'll just have to be patient with those setups...
Rob Grayson wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Jun 22 2007 12:27 PM

David,

Thanks for the article. I've recently installed Office 2007 on a computer that previously had Office 2003 installed. During the install process, I chose to uninstall all the 2003 applications apart from Word. Once I'd confirmed that Word 2007 wa spropermy installed and working, I then uninstalled Word 2003 too.

However, found I needed to reinstall Word 2003. I really like Word 2007, but am a professional translator and need to use certain plugins for my job, which seem to work much faster with Word 2003 than Word 2007. Now, when I start up 2007 after using Word 2003, I get a startup/configuration message as described in the Knowledge Base article you linked to:

"If you have multiple versions of Word installed on the computer, the Windows Installer may start when you start Microsoft Office Word 2007. And, a message that states that Windows Installer is preparing to install Word may be displayed. You may receive this message before Word starts.The Windows Installer runs whenever the version of Word that you start is not the one that is registered."

I then have to wait several minutes before I can use Word 2007. I realise that I did not strictly adhere to the installation order set out in the article, since I reinstalled Word 2003 after Word 2007 was already installed. I found another article (not on the Microsoft site) which recommended doing a "repair" installation of 2007, which it said would have the same effect as doing a fresh install of 2007. I ran the "repair" installation, which seemed to be churning away for quite a while, but the end result is still the same - each time I want to switch back to 2007 after using 2003, I have to wait ages for it to run through a configuration process.

Sorry for the length of this message, but wanted to make sure I spelt things out clearly. I can boil it down to two questions:

1. Is it possible to have Word 2003 and Word 2007 installed on the same PC, and to be able to switch "seamlessly" between them, without having to wait for a configuration process each time?

2. Assuming it is possible, what do I need to do to get it to happen on my machine? Should I completely uninstall both versions of Office and then reinstall in the correct order (Word 2003 followed by Office 2007)?

Thanks in anticipation,

Rob

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Jun 22 2007 12:39 PM

Rob,

these questions are good ones and similar ones (such as installing BCM 2003 on Vista) I do not have all the answers too.  I will try and reproduce your situation early next week and get back.  It is the close of the finanical year and things can be a bit frantic to book all the business, so please bear with me.

thanks

David

Rob Grayson wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Jun 22 2007 2:50 PM

David,

Thanks for your reply. I'll check back next week to see if you've been able to throw any light on this.

Regards,

Rob

Hernan wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Jul 2 2007 8:54 PM

Can someone answer Dane Hedrick  question?

I have the same problem, I want to go back to 2003?

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Jul 2 2007 10:13 PM

Hernan, Dane,

Office 2007 PSTs and Office 2003 PSTs can be in defferent file formats.  If you still have the old PSTs on your system then you will have a problem.  If you go and look in c:\users\<username>\appdata\local\microsoft\outlook (you may need to run an elevated command prompt to get there) and you will find a bundle of files - try renaming them or going up a directory and renaming outlook to something else.

ttfn

David

Rob Grayson wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Jul 3 2007 9:25 AM

Hi Dave,

Just wondering whether you've had chance to look at the issue I raised - or if you're likely to be able to soon?

Thanks in anticipation,

Rob

Rob Grayson wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Jul 11 2007 10:11 AM

Hi Dave,

Sorry to pester - wondering wheter you've gone on holiday or are just busy with other things...?

Just that I'm desperate to be able to use Word 2007 but need to solve this problem of it coexisting with 2003 without having to reconfigure every time.

Yours hopefully,

Rob

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Jul 12 2007 12:44 PM

Sorry, been busy with the "changing job" thing that you can read about on the blog.  Anyway, building a Vista VPC right now to do some Office 2003 type things and hopefull then the co-existance items.

thanks

David

Rob Grayson wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Jul 13 2007 11:45 AM

Thanks, Dave - will keep checking back. Al the best with the job change!

Rob

Jodie Miners wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Jul 17 2007 6:19 AM

I too am having the same problems that Rob Grayson is experiencing. I installed the programs in the correct order but put Office 2003 in a different install folder Program Files\Microsoft Office 2003 rather than just Microsoft Office...

I was hoping that maybe I could configure the Open With menu or the Send to Menu to control which version the file opens in, but I can't seem to work out how to change the Open With menu in Vista. Excel works well always opening in the one you have open but Word and Power Point are a real pain. If there is any solution to this I would love to know.

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Jul 17 2007 10:50 AM

OK, I have just done the Vista with Office 2003 install including the install of BCM.  I will try to load Office 2007 on that system to further document it and also try to give you an "open in Word 2003 / open in word 2007" option on the file.

I am a work at home dad this week with my wife away from home for the week, so the time I get to do these things is highly dependant on Lizzy (my 1 year old) and her sleep patterns.

bear with me.

thanks

David

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Jul 20 2007 6:30 PM

Try this:

1. Close all instances of Word

2. Click Start and then click Run.

3. In the Run dialog box, type regedit and then click OK.

4. Select the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options

5. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.

6. Type NoReReg for the name of the new value.

7. Double-click the NoReReg value.

8. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, change the value to 1 and then click OK.

9. Quit Registry Editor and then start Word normally.

Let me know if this works

David

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sat, Jul 21 2007 4:11 AM

I can now confirm that running this command stops the dialogs from appearing when switching between versions of Word 2003 and 2007.  Press Windows Key+R (start/run) and paste this text:

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

onto a single line, press enter and once Word 2007 is run and goes through the configuration process one more time (if at all), you should not see it again.

thanks

David

David Overton's Blog wrote How to get rid of the installer / configuration dialog when running Office 2007 and Office 2003 on the same system - for Vista and other versions of Windows
on Sat, Jul 21 2007 4:47 AM

I have been asked this many times following up on the blog entry Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sat, Jul 21 2007 5:15 AM

I have just written up the how to get the office assistant working in Vista - it will appear on the blog at 00:01 on Monday morning (UK time, so just after 4pm PST Sunday night).

thanks

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Rob Grayson wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Jul 23 2007 4:18 PM

David,

This fix works a dream. Thank you so much for your help - that's going to make life a lot easier for me.

Cheers,

Rob

Aaron K wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Jul 23 2007 4:42 PM

This fix works for everything except Access... for me.  Is anyone else experiencing the same issue or is it just me?

Thanks for the great work!

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Jul 23 2007 4:54 PM

Aaron,

whihch problem are you talking about - the install box (have you tried replacing the word Word with Access in the Reg command, eg

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Access\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

or some other problem?

thanks

David

Jodie Miners wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Jul 25 2007 1:31 AM

Thanks heaps for that David, it works very well!!!!

Any thoughts on the Open With... option to decide which app to open a file with? the way I work is to browse through explorer first to find the file that I want to work with. It is very difficult for me to switch back to opening the application first and then using File > Open to then browse for the fle.

One thing I have done is install Start ++ (www.brandontools.com) and set up shortcuts w3 and w7 for word 2003 and 2007 etc which helps a lot also, but I would love to be able to choose from explorer.

Thanks so much for your help David.

Chris wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sat, Jul 28 2007 5:12 AM

David -

is it possible to install Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 on Vista? I am looking at a new laptop and the ones i have seen only come with Vista and not XP. Any ideas as to whether or not Adobe CS Premium can be installed too?

thanks a bunch for your help David.

Chris

Shane H wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Jul 30 2007 6:47 PM

Our academic environment requires that we have both Office 2003 and Office 2007, with Office 2003 being the default application.

This can be done by installing 2007, and then 2003, adding the NoReReg dword to the registry for Word. All programs use 2003 applications by default.

The Problem that we are having however is with Access. When Access 2007 is run, the Office 2007 setup runs, which changes all of the applications back to Office 2007 as default. (Everything, word, excel, powerpoint, etc)

When Access 2003 is run after this, it runs the Office 2003 setup, however this only changes Access 2003 back to the default app. The other apps remain 2007 defaults.

The NoReReg tag does not work for Access.

Any thoughts?

Jodie Miners wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Jul 31 2007 6:55 AM

I too am having an issue with the NoReReg tag for Access and having huge problems with Access. I am just about to re-build my PC without Office 2003 and 2007 on there together - it just doesn't seem to work. My problem is that a brand new Access Database created in Access 2003 with VBA code in it creates a reference to Access 12 and I can not work out how to get rid of it or replace the reference with the Access 11 reference. Therefore none of my VBA code will work, plus whenever I go to create any new code using the wizards, Access crashes. I am compeltely at the end of my tether with it.

Jodie Miners wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Aug 1 2007 1:48 AM

Wow, I found a fix for my Access References problem - it is only a problem running 2 access versions in Vista. Allen Browne an Access MVP has the answers here allenbrowne.com/bug-17.html. I used the option to run as administrator and it works well.

Now if we can only get the NoReReg option working for access all will be well.

Randall wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sat, Aug 25 2007 10:13 PM

Dave,

I am impressed with your knowledge and would like to pass something by you. I have a 2007 home and student edition. It works great except that it did not contained outlook. My problem is that when typing an email I no longer have word as an email editor. It takes up my time having to wait until the end to do the spell and check. Any suggestions?

Thanking you ahead of time.

Randall

Ian McLaughlin wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Sep 14 2007 11:46 PM

Hi David, I am currently running ofice 2003 (student and teacher version) and am looking to install/replace this with office 2007 small business edition. Will I need to uninstall the 2003 version or will it simply be replaced when I load the 2007 version. Any help appreciated  

Jennifer Noble wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Sep 27 2007 2:54 AM

Sure glad I found you:) I'm about to install 07 along with 03 and really glad I searched first. Thanks:)

Craig Docherty wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Sep 28 2007 6:49 PM

I have been given an Office Laptop with Office 2003 and XP with VPN's etc and I personally have Vista with Office 2007 with Business Contact Manager.   i have installed BCM for 2003 and tried to export 2007 BCM to BCM 2003 and this of course hasn't worked.    I had hoped I could run Outlook 2007 as a separate programme on the Office Laptop, but from reading your blogs, it appears I have about as much chance as platting fog.   Is there no workaround.   Bye the way exellent site.

thanks

Craig

Bob Mcmurtary wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Oct 12 2007 9:33 PM

I hav installed both office 2003 pro and office 2007 pro (excl outlook 2003) on my xp laptop, I have done the reg fix to stop  the problems loading but can not find where to put the fix so that it does not try to reloaon access startup, any ideas?

Jennifer Gardner wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Oct 17 2007 3:33 PM

I have Office 2003 and Office 2007 installed on the same computer.  The NoReReg works fine if configured but only works for that current user.  My sitation is - as many as 25-30 students will be logging in with individual logins during the day.  Is there a registry hack that I can do so that the NoReReg will work for all users on that computer rather than just the current user that the NoReReg was performed in.

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Oct 17 2007 3:59 PM

It is possible to set a group policy that set this reg key, or set a startup file that will do this.

thanks

David

Jennifer Gardner wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Oct 17 2007 6:07 PM

If I were to set it up in a startup file on the local computer - exactly what would I include and would that run for a limited user that logs on as well.  Because in order to make changes to the registry - a person needs to be an administrator.  This is in a lab setting (one room) and students will be loggin on.  All the rest of my labs I have only office 2007.

Flick wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Oct 19 2007 12:39 AM

This is going to be a bit of a silly question, but is it possible to just uninstall certain programmes from Office 2002?  I've purchased Office Standard 2007 which only comes with Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint, but the laptop came with the full Office 2002 installed (Publisher, Frontpage ,Access, etc) which I hardly use, but just in case I did need to access them one day, it seems like a good idea to keep them.

Thanks!

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Oct 19 2007 1:19 AM

Jennifer,

Group Policy would be your own choice then.

thanks

David

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Oct 19 2007 1:20 AM

Flick,

Yes, this is possible in the install process for Office 2007.

ttfn

David

Flick wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Oct 19 2007 10:31 PM

David,

Thank you. This really helps! :D

chirionutz wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Oct 22 2007 10:54 PM

How to make ms word 2003 the default, instead of ms word 2007? I have both. Now, when I open documents with 2click they open with ms word 2007. I also, thank you very much for your above solutions ( the one with installer error).

Bill wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Oct 24 2007 6:42 PM

Comment for Jennifer Gardner, a batch file ran from the startup folder in the all users group should work for this.  Limited users can make changes to their own settings even if they are in the registry.  I tested this on the Guest user account and this worked fine.  What you would need to do is create a batch file (Can be any name you want followed by ".bat" without quotes) and put the previously given fix in it (reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1)  Then move the batch file to the "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup" folder.  At this point the fix should be applied every time someone logs into the computer.  If you don't know how to make a batch file a quick search on the internet should give you some examples.

Bill

Donna Bennett wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Oct 29 2007 10:12 PM

My husband just installed Office Professional 2007, and he had a previous version of Office 2003 loaded on that computer.  When trying to access the online features for Office 2007, it won't let him use them and says he has illegal versions of 2003 that he must uninstall. He called tec support, and they also said he had to uninstall 2003, but he cannot even find the program to uninstall. Also, he bought the 2007 thinking it would get rid of an aggravating "microsoft is preparing to install..." window that kept popping up, and prevented use of Outlook (which is still not working).  Suggestions would be so very welcome!

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Oct 31 2007 8:46 PM

Jennifer, Bill,

that will only work providing you have UAC turned off on Vista, or your users accept the elevation prompt every time they log on.  If you have a windows domain, set a group policy to do this rather than having the batch file.

ttfn

David

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Oct 31 2007 8:49 PM

Donna,

several questions:

- what happens if you go to control panel and remove programs - does Microsoft Office 2003 appear?

- What happens when you try to use outlook - what error are you seeing - you can e-mail a screen shot if you want at admin@uksbsguy.com

thanks

David

Roman wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Nov 1 2007 11:03 PM

Dave, thanks a lot. Your recommendation to add NoReReg value has fixed the problem for me.

I uninstalled the Home and Student version I got with my laptop and then installed the Enterprise version. After that every time I got the configuring process window. After adding NoReReg this no longer happens.

By the way, starting Word as administrator didn't help.

Roman wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Nov 2 2007 2:59 AM

However, doing the same thing didn't help the same problem I have with Access.

And Excel displays a message box that says "stdole32.tlb" after acknowledging which Excel starts the configuration process.

Do you have any ideas how to fix these problems?

Jaguar wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Dec 6 2007 2:46 PM

Hi Dave,

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

Above mentioned thing will work in workgroup computers, could you please tell me that i m Just a administrator and if i make changes through batch file or something like group policy on the system only, in that case also domain GP will overwrite my system Gp. do u have any solution for this?

Please let me know...waiting for ur reply!!

Thanks!!

DWH wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Jan 17 2008 1:00 PM

Hi David...

Is there a solution yet to make ms word 2003 the default, instead of ms word 2007? I have both. Now, when I open documents with 2click they open with ms word 2007.

Ever Hopeful :)

TTFN

DWH

uwe wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Feb 6 2008 11:12 AM

Hi,

just heared from my customer that the VB word automatizations doesn't work any longer. after a short discussion we found out that there was a Off 2007 installed and deinstalled and after that Off 2003 new installed. now an error appeared in my VB application at the instruction  

<set object = New word.application>.

any ideas ?

thanksin advance

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Feb 6 2008 12:10 PM

Uwe,

this is a simple one - this is your customer, why not call MS Support for them to get them some help?

Thanks

uwe wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Feb 6 2008 2:20 PM

Hi David,

i think MS will not support OEM products (same problem since years)

uwe

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Feb 6 2008 2:29 PM

Uwe,

I believe that the OEM should support OEM products and I thin kthat MS will support you as a partner - you might have to pay for it, but I presume that your customer pays you?

Also, have you tried putting in the CD with Office on it and doing a repair on it?

ttfn

Andre Boudreault wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Feb 13 2008 8:49 PM

Dave,

Thank you for the valuable information.  I am wondering if you would know how the OWC (Office Web Component) works when both 2003 and 2007 versions of office are installed?  Ie: if an application uses OWC for a pivot table which version of the pivot will be loaded?

Thank you in advance

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Feb 14 2008 1:58 AM

Andre,

1st of, have a look at blogs.msdn.com/.../668544.aspx to learn more about what is happening with OWC and Office 2007.  Given the fact that OWC is also a client component of Office, my guess is that the 2003 engine will fire up.  You can learn how to install the OWC components with Office 2007 at technet2.microsoft.com/.../0dee24b3-09af-485b-b5ed-d4b879dcc8f61033.mspx which I think strongly backs my theory Smile

Joanna wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Feb 27 2008 6:48 PM

David,

Great tips!  Like a few others that have commented, I am also having trouble with abolishing the install/configure message with Access.  When I entered the registry, (regedit) there is no Options folder under Access, so it would make sense that running the following would not work:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Access\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

Is there a solution that I am overlooking??  Thanks.

Steve wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sat, Mar 8 2008 2:01 PM

I've installed both Office 2003 and Office 2007 but I want the .doc file formats to be opened in Word 2003 only instead of Word 2007. How do I do this?

sumanta wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Mar 12 2008 10:04 AM

David,

I have Off-2003 and off 2007 in XP how to make 2003 as default (i.e while opening any office file it should open in office 2003), can you please help me out??

Phyllis wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Mar 14 2008 12:31 AM

Hello David,

I have Word, Excel and Powerpoint 2007 loaded on my laptop.  I currently have Outlook 2000 and everything is working GREAT.  I have been looking at some of the features in Outlook 2003 and would like to upgrade and download this onto my computer.  Will this cause problems, are there steps I need to take before loading or do you recommend not mixing the two?

Thank you in advance!

Annie wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Mar 19 2008 6:04 PM

Purchased HP system with "image" of Office 2007-requires purchase of license ; BUT I don't want it. I want to use my Office 2003 SBE. Have receive conflicting instructions from both HP and Microsoft on what to do. Haven't touched it yet....

Thanks for input in advance

Estella wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Apr 4 2008 12:46 AM

Hi David,

    Wondering if you have some answers to this situation... I have a IBM ThinkPad with Vista Business (OEM).  It came with a trial of Office 2007 installed.  Had to uninstall Office 2007 and install Office Professional Edition 2003.

Lately, have been having issues with Word.  Documents are not saving, getting several error messages in Word, for example:  "Word could not create the work file.  Check the temp environment variable."  "Word has insufficient memory.  Do you want to save Document 1 as a Rescue Document?"    Anyhow, one of the solutions on The Word MVP site (http://word.mvps.org) was to edit a section of the registry.  Well, what I discovered was that the registry still has Office 2007 stuff in it.  How likely is it that the Office 2007 registry "junk" is creating issues with Office 2003?  Any ideas.  Can you give me step-by-step instructions on how to clean up the registry?  Thank you in advance for you time and attention.

Respectfully,

Estella

Craig Bradshaw wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Apr 24 2008 3:43 PM

Hi - Great info on here.  I'm struggling to make Office 2007 the default suite of apps (or Excel 2007 to be more precise) now I have Excel 2003 installed.

There is a specifc need to have both installed (which I won't go into) but suffice to say, with both installed, Excel 2003 seems to open as default at file launch, unless Excel 2007 is already open, in which case it opens 2007 version of excel.exe

Do you have any idea which area I have to play with (Registry?) in order to determine which excel.exe get;s launch by default.  I tried fiddling with Folder Options in order to determine which program launches which extension, however no matter how many times I try pointing the extension to excel.exe (2007 version) still only seems to recognise excel 2003 (I suspect a Path or something at work)

Any info you could give me would be great.

Jenner wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Apr 28 2008 3:01 PM

How can i open my word documents with word 2003 instead of word 2007 as i have both microsoft

offices installed.

Any info you could give me would be great.

wilfred wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, May 29 2008 1:51 PM

I installed Office 2003 AFTER installing Office 2007 (yes, got tired of the 2007 interface and searching for hidden functions), but then frequently got the 'Configuring office' pop-up, for example when starting a new mail in Outlook 2007.

The solution mentioned above:

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

seems to get rid of these annoying install screens.

Thanks a lot !!!

P. Werdall wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sat, May 31 2008 11:30 PM

Your inforrmation on running Word2003 and Word 2007 on the same computer SAVED ME!!!!!  Thanks sooooooo much!  

Thanet wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Jun 4 2008 5:45 AM

I have problem running dialog Windows Installer, "Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office Frontpage 2003 when start any program on Windows Vista. I reinstall Frontpage 2003 anytime it same prpblem. I try command from people anwser, but same same. why ? plaese help me.

coma_b wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Jun 9 2008 12:43 AM

Thank you for providing THE solution to allowing two versions of MS Word (2007 and XP/2002) to co-exist peacefully. Adding "NoReReg" to the registry works exactly as described.

coma_b

Oralluv wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Jun 20 2008 10:28 AM

Any update on how to make Excel 2003 the default on open and not Excel 2007 ?

Regards

Oralluv wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Jun 20 2008 12:39 PM

To default to Excel 2003 you have to reset your file association from 2007 to 2003.

Close Excel first and On the Windows Taskbar

Start>Run "C:\your path to\office11\excel.exe" /regserver

That's it !

Oralluv wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Jun 20 2008 3:47 PM

To default to Excel 2007 you have to reset your file association from 2003 to 2007.

Close Excel first and On the Windows Taskbar

Start>Run "C:\your path to\office12\excel.exe" /regserver

That's it !

Yoav Factor wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Jun 23 2008 6:43 PM

Dear David,

First of all thanks for this amazing blog.

I have Office 2003 on my system and want to load Office 2007(home and student edition).

I do want to keep using Outlook 2003. Is that possible?

Many thanks.

Yoav

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Jun 24 2008 8:05 AM

Yoav,

it is possible, but you may find that you have to use the Outlook built in e-mail editor rather than Word as the e-mail editor.

Thanks

David

Paul P wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Jun 30 2008 3:16 PM

Apologies if this has been asked before but i am in a hurry and dont have time to trawl through the above answers!

I have both 2003 and 2007 installed.

How do i set my laptop up so that when i click open a .doc file, 2003 opens up and if i click open a .docx file, 2007 opens?

Ive tried looking at File Types within the Folder Options but they both point to winword.exe and 2007 continues to be the app that takes over. (I can open both individually as per the fix with the dialog installer box, that is fixed).

Any help would be much appriciated!

Paul P.

Ann wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Jul 1 2008 9:29 PM

Thanks so much for this info - I teach a class and needed to be able to demo in both 2003 and 2007. My IT people said it couldn't be done but your directions were wonderful and it works beautifully! Merci!

Max Rempel wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Jul 31 2008 2:26 AM

Thanks! Worked fine for me (after restart). What a relief!

Roopesh wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Aug 21 2008 6:28 AM

This blog has been quite informative.Tks to David and the contributers :)

Reg

Roo

Chris wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Sep 2 2008 11:02 AM

Hy all,

I'm a web developper and I need both Outlook 2003 and 2007 to make sure that my mail dev are ok in this version. I have try to install 2003 after 2007 .... but the last one replace the previous one ... have try to copy the pst, change the directory/name of the pst file ...

I there a solution (change the reg for exemple) to have both the 2 version with 2 pst files and different account ...

Thanks for you answers :-)

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Sep 2 2008 6:51 PM

Chris,

they can't both exist on the same system.  You are left with either using SoftGrid ala App-V or a virtual PC to get it all running on the one PC.

Thanks

David

Soh wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Sep 4 2008 1:17 PM

I have tried to install Office 2007 on a machines running XP and Vista respectively. The error message comes when during installation that says 'installation has failed' and it rolls it back... I tried with 3 different CD on different machines... Can anyone help?

team89 wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Sep 9 2008 10:56 AM

Thanx for all the info on this blog ... In the articles was THE answer for my question ... I installed Office 2003 and Office 2007 on one system ... I wanted Excel 2003 to start when the extension was .xls and Excel 2007 when the extension was .xlsx ...

The /regserver command did the trick ... Thanx ...

Jeremy Gugenheim wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Sep 25 2008 10:24 AM

Hi David

MAny thanks for all this and your registry fix. I had a slightly different requirement (don't we all) wher I use and have installed Office 2007 but one customer who insists I use Word 2003. So I installed Word 2003 into a different directory from that suggested (probably not required) then ran your reg fix. I then had to run it again with "12.0" as the Office version - everything now works perfectly, even though I installed in the wrong order.

Thanks again,

Jeremy

Jay S wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Sep 25 2008 4:50 PM

David thanks so much for working so hard on everyone's questions.  I have actually have a similiar question to sumanta.  I have both 2007 and 2003 on my machine.  I want 2003 to open the .ppt and 2007 to open the .pptx.  I can't seem to get 2007 to stop opening 2003 files.  Any ideas?

Mohsen wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Oct 13 2008 3:08 PM

Does anybody know if 2003 Excel macros work in 2007 version?

Thanks

Ken Roberts wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sun, Oct 19 2008 4:32 AM

Important clarification on the "regserver" commands given.  

Excel 11 (2003) files have the extension .xls

Excel 12 (2007) files have the extension .xlsx

You would think that Windows would be smart enough to differentiate between the two - and it is.  But the install of 2007 is dumb enough to take over BOTH extensions, and after the install, all "xls" files begin opening in Excel 2007.

The workaround that has been posted is to set Excel so that it "defaults" to ALWAYS open v11 or so that it "defaults" to ALWAYS open v12  -  by the /regserver command.  

Actually - you want the Excel file to open in the correctly associated Excel version - not to have any "Default" for both xls and xlsx

So all you really want is to fix Excel so that it correcty see ".xls" as v11 and ".x;sx" as v12.  Therefore you only need to enter one of the two commands given previously:

Start / Run . . .

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\Excel.exe" /regserver  <ENTER>

(you need the double-quotes since there is a space):

DONE !!  

Now you can double-click any Excel file and it will open in the appropriate version application (xls files will open into Excel 2003  and  xlsx files will open into Excel 2007).

Ken Roberts wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sun, Oct 19 2008 4:37 AM

I have a few macro's that I wrote in 2003 and am now running in 2007.  So far they are running perfectly.  One of them is almost 3000 lines of code !!  You need to save the file with the macro Excel extension, "xlsm".

Still, I would not say that "any" macro from Excel 2003 will run perfectly in Excel 2007, since there are so many differences - but so far so good.

Max Rempel wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Nov 19 2008 8:35 PM

I see many questions for changing defailt program for opening .doc files on double click, but no answers? Did anybody find a solution how to change the association of .doc files to Word 2003?

joshua wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Jan 6 2009 9:30 PM

Thanks for the great tips David, lots of good information here!

Adel wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Jan 13 2009 11:35 PM

I have question

I have office 2007 & I need to send attached file to someone dose not have office 2007, but office 2003, what can I do so he can open my file 2003 formated ?

Thanks a lot for your help

Adel

Brenda wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Jan 30 2009 11:18 PM

Thank you so much for this information, it's going to save me so much time as I switch between the two.

Brenda

Sam wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Feb 4 2009 9:10 PM

Hello,

I have an application written in access 2003 and was wondering how to access the app running office 2007? Would there be any conflicts? Also, how do I make access 2003 default when opening?

Start / Run . . .

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\Access.exe" /regserver  <ENTER>

EDIE wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sun, Feb 22 2009 4:02 PM

I have success to use Office 2003 and 2007 in the same OS except Ms. Access, they always reinstall or configure when i open them in role

Alpha wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sun, Feb 22 2009 4:05 PM

Dear David,

Good stuff. Worked really perfect in my case.

Many thanks mate.

Cheers!

Alpha

Paddy H wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Apr 30 2009 6:53 AM

I already have Office 2007 installed on my laptop. My boss wants me to build a complex spreadsheet, but he only has 2003.

I want to install Office 2003 on my system, to save any incompatibility issues (i only have one chance to get it right).

My question is can I install office 2003 on a system that already has office 2007?

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Apr 30 2009 7:14 AM

Hi Alpha,

You don't need to worry about compatibility between the two systems.  Office 2007 can save just fine in Office 2003 format and if you have used a feature that does not exist in Office 2003 it will tell you when you save.  Just remember to choose Office 97-2003 when saving.

You can also load Office 2003, but remember to deselct Outlook 2003, add the various service packs and also run repair on Office 2007 once you have completed this process.

Thanks

David

Tina wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sun, May 24 2009 8:26 PM

My mom had a trial version of Office 2003 on Win XP when she purchased her computer new. I uninstalled it to free up room and it took away her spell check utility in Outlook Express. She likes using Outlook and needs spell check. I downloaded a trial cersion of Office 2007, but I think it was only Powerpoint. Anyways it gave her spell check back in Outlook but now it is in French. NO English. The only thing she wants is Outlook and spell check to correct her email messages. What can I do?

Johnny wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, May 27 2009 4:52 PM

Cheers for that... was sweating for a second when I got told this is happening on our CEO's machine after I packaged it. Whoops!

NR wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Jun 29 2009 4:51 AM

Thanks so much to everyone for the fixes to get Office 2003 & Office 2007 to run properly! :)

Mariela wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Aug 5 2009 11:10 AM

I have a server , can i create 2 accounts with different profile, one with 2003 and other 2007, runnng acroos the server? How? I have an exchange server

Soy wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Aug 6 2009 3:13 PM

David,

Thank u very much for this  article.now its solved.

Anonymous wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Aug 13 2009 9:17 AM

will office 03 get uninstalled while installing office 07 ?

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Sep 2 2009 11:05 PM

Mariela,

If you want to install Office 2003 & 2007 on a server you would have the same restrictions - i.e. only one version of Outlook.

I'm not sure what the benefit would be of doing this.  The user who it is installed for would still have both version present and sometimes fighting.

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Sep 2 2009 11:31 PM

You can chose when installing Office 2007 if you want to remove Office 2003.  You can have both running at the same time, but only one version of Outlook can be installed.

dee wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sat, Sep 19 2009 1:27 PM

Hi, I've got 2007 at the minute but all the coursework I do in school is in 2003. Can I downgrade to 2003 somehow without paying??? Please reply asap coursework due in soon!!

Nigel wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sun, Sep 27 2009 6:45 PM

To Dee:

I think you are asking the wrong question. If all you want to do is open and edit or produce Word 2003 documents, you don't need Word 2003 at all. Just set Word 2007 to save files in the Word 97-2003 format.

Go to Word Options, Save and choose "Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)" in the dialog and click OK. All future documents will default to the older format.

MRCUR wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Oct 27 2009 12:46 PM

Hi,

I'm trying to use Office 2003 Pro (NO Outlook installed) with Outlook 2007. I'm installing 2003 first (not installing Outlook 2003 with this), then installing Outlook 2007. Outlook works just fine, while the Office apps do not. After launching the first time (Word for example), it will never launch again - it just crashes every time.

This is even occurring after a clean install of XP with fresh apps installed (in the correct order according to MS). If anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them!

Thanks,

-MRCUR

Neil wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Nov 10 2009 2:13 PM

thanks very much for your simple reg fix for the constantly opening 'installing' problem for Winword 2003.

It works well, and saved me lots of time following more complex & useless 'fixes'.

     Neil

poupko wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Dec 8 2009 6:42 PM

Hi David -

I had Office 2003 Proffesional installed and then I installed Office 2007 H&S. Now I can't edit emails in Outlook 2003 with Word 2003 because it says it can't find it. After 30 minutes on the phone with MS they couldn't help. I would be so appreciative to you if you could. I saw this question was asked by Randall further up in the comments, but didn't see any response.

Thanks,

Chaim

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Dec 14 2009 1:11 AM

Chaim,

Office 2003 Outlook can't use the later version of Office's 2007 (Home and Student) version of Word.  Sorry

David

Peggy wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Dec 15 2009 3:16 AM

Dumb question..I have office 2003 and bought home and student 2007 and noticed that it doesn't contain outlook 2007.  will the installation of the 2007 office suite wipe out the 2003 outlook program?  

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Dec 15 2009 7:46 AM

Peggy,

You can chose to keep any of the Office 2003 components you want, although you can't have 2 different copies of Outlook (you won't with the home & student release).  Please note that Outlook 2003 can't use Word as the e-mail editor once you load Office 2007.

Thanks

David

Speziak wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Dec 21 2009 10:29 PM

I have 2003 and 2007 installed on one of my machines and when I double clicked on a graph in 2003, it launches 2007 for editing of the graph.  What causes this and can it be avoided?  Or is it just that the machine knows that the graph might be a 2007 graph so it defaults to 2007?

Thanks!

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Dec 22 2009 8:21 AM

@Speziak,

As far as your PC is concerned it is just opening a file or piece of data.  There is no ability to say if I'm in Office 2003, open the office 2003 tool and if I'm in Office 2007, use the 2007 tool.  To that end it is simply opening the default editor for that product, which is the latest version of Office installed on your PC.

Thanks

David

Speziak wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Dec 23 2009 1:32 PM

Thanks David,

What you say makes perfect sense to me, I just wonder if this will cause any instability in Ppt 2003.  I guess I'll just have to try it instead of asking you! :)

take care,

Speziak

Victor wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Feb 8 2010 2:43 PM

Great site David. Thanks for the info.  Was having trouble reading/editing 2003 Access files with the newer 2007 Access, so was searching to see if I can install 2003 back on w/o uninstalling 2007.

On another note, you should correct a typo on your banner.  "I have put IT the effort and earned..."  Don't u mean "put IN the effort"?  Or is "putting IT the effort" a new hip saying that in my uncool ignorance, am not aware of?

Jayne wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Mar 1 2010 6:51 AM

I currently have Office 2003 Pro installed (Vista OS) and want to install Office 2007 Outlook, Word, Power point & Excel only as I have trouble with workgroup security in Access 2007.  Will I have to uninstall Outlook, Word, Powerpoint & Excel 2003 or will 2007 simply upgrade them.  If I need to uninstal them, how do I do this from the control panel as it seems to view Office as a complete package & not individual programs (I'm too nervous to click Yes when asked the question "are you sure you want to uninstal Office Pro 2003.

I have limited skills - knowing just enough to be dangerous!

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Mar 1 2010 7:24 AM

@Jayne,

When you install Office 2007 you can customise it and chose which products get installed and un-installed if you customise the install options.  Office 2007 installl will do the uninstalling.

Thanks

David

Sonya wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Mar 5 2010 7:06 PM

Hi David,

I have just replaced my old PC and it has come with Microsoft Office 7 trial...I hate it! and my old saved emails don't want to open properly or at all. I would rather like to go back entirely to MS Office Student and Teacher 2003. Can I just load it and request it to remove Office 7 or do I still need Office 7 on my PC?

Thanks

Sons

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Mar 8 2010 1:29 AM

@Sonya,

You will need to load Windows Live (http://download.live.com) to open you e-mails properly on WIndows 7. Office 2007 trial / STE 2003 probably don't come with Outlook, so Office is not to blame.

If you have a non-OEM copy of Office 2003 and you have removed it from your old PC then you should be able to load it onto your new PC.

Having said that, Office 2010 is going to launch soon, so perhaps waiting for that might be a good idea?

thanks

David

Angelo Downunder wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Mar 16 2010 2:13 PM

For associating .doc to 2003 and .docx to 2007, pretty simple solution is to rename the 2003 winword.exe file to word2003.exe and right click on an old .doc word document and "open with", browse to newly created word2003.exe and tick "always use this", and viola - .doc is associated with 2003 and .docx is 2007.

Reference and thanks goes to: www.edugeek.net/.../23346-word-2003-word-2007-doc-file-association-problem.html

Patrick wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Mar 16 2010 9:49 PM

Thanks for all the help. This got me most of the way. I was getting the installer popup everytime I opened an Excel or Word file. I added the reg entries:

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Excel\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Excel\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

It didn't make a difference.

Then just for the hell of it I did a repair on Office 2007. Now all better!

Hope it helps someone!

Patrick

marta wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Apr 12 2010 8:22 PM

I have Office 2003 on a new Windows 7 machine.  When I am working on Power Point,  I keep getting a pop-up window that says:

"The Office Assistant requires Microsft Agent 2.0 or Later.  This product is available on the Office System Pack"

How do I turn off the Office Assistant, so that this window will stop popping up?  It pops up every few seconds, making it almost impossible to work.

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sat, Apr 24 2010 6:11 PM

Have a look at uksbsguy.com/.../4368.aspx to get it working.

Thanks

David

Kent wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Apr 26 2010 9:04 PM

Will this fix work on Windows 7 64-bit PCs also?

And if I have office 2007 and only Word 2003, which of the two commands should I run (I don't remember which Word/Office I installed first), the 11.0 or 12.0?

Thanks,

Kent

Anonymous wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, May 14 2010 9:22 AM

Hi

I am currently using Office 2003 (including Outlook 2003) and would like to just add 2007 Powerpoint application on the same computer.

Please advise on installation process if this is workable.

Thanks

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, May 20 2010 11:39 AM

Hi,

installing part of Office 2007 (such as PowerPoint) is possible provided you select a custom install when running setup.

Thanks

David

jTm wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Jun 9 2010 6:57 AM

I have installed Office 2003 and then Office 2007 on user workstation. Now the problem is that word etc other programs work properly but I have problems with file assosiations with excel 03 and 07. I want *.xls files open in the older excel because users have used to it.

I have changed file assosiations to point for excel2003. And still they opens in office 2007

And the reason why I want to have both office suites on couple of workstations is that that another client software needs access 07 and our company is going to update office 07 soo so some users can practise with newer suite.

Paul wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Jul 6 2010 11:20 PM

I had Office 2003, and just installed Office 2010 Home & Student.... Without checking, the install removed Outlook 2003... I still have the Outlook 2003 install cd, so can i reinstall ? Will they co-exist ? I have the .pst file safe...

Any advice very much appreciated.

esmith92000 wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Jul 16 2010 2:22 AM

I know all you guys are on Vista and Windows 7, but I'm stuck back here on Windows XP SP3 and I added ran both those lines, and they still do the install stuff each time I switch between Office 2003 Professional and Office 2007 Enterprise using Word on each.  Anything else I need to do?

Jahanzaib wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Jul 16 2010 10:43 AM

Hi.

I am just installing Outlook 2007 i have 2003 office but i really need to install  when i tried to do my laptop battery down and that shut down thats why my  setup not work completlywhen i tried to satrt again he start showing error and send me an error map123.dll that filecorrupt and missingi found that file and copy to c:windows\system  but no change still same issue

what am i suppose to  do...

Stephan wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sun, Aug 29 2010 5:28 PM

For Windows 7 64-bit and Office 2010 in combination with Office 2003, the following easy procedure will work:

1. run cmd.exe as an administrator

2. reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

3. reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Excel\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

4. reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Powerpoint\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

Note: Access 2003 / Access 2010 can not be fixed this way. There is no known solution for Access.

Stephan

Broad Spectrum Smith wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Sep 27 2010 1:29 AM

I use Office 4.3, Office 97 and Office 2003 all installed on the same computer without any problem at all. The reason I have these 3 versions is that I have MS Access databases in all versions and I absolutely refuse to convert them. And furthermore, I do not install them in any particular order whatsoever - but what I do is install each version of Office in its own folder - e.g. C:\MS Office 4.3, C:\Program Files\MS Office 97, and C:\Program Files\ MS Office 2003. I intend to stick with this set-up when I next install Office 2010. One thing to bear in mind, though, is that you HAVE to decide which version of Outlook to use and then keep that version and do not install any other version. Also, if you have issues with Access 97, it means that you have to upgrade your Microsoft Jet engine.

AP wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Mar 3 2011 7:19 PM

Hi - i don't know if you are still running this blog - but I have a question. I am running 03 and 07 on same computer. When I am using Excel it no longer allows me to link between 2 seperate workbooks. Is there an option I need to click on 03 to make this do'able? In the preferences or something?

lau wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sun, Apr 10 2011 6:24 AM

hi david! i need to install Trados 7. is it compatible with office 2007? BTW, is office 2007 the same as Vista?

thanks

lau

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Sun, Apr 10 2011 9:36 AM

Hi Iau,

I'm not sure what Trados is (I found a few hits on the web), but you need to check with them if it is compatible with Office 2007.  Office and Windows are two seperate products, so you could have Office 2007 with Windows 7, Vista or XP and so on.

Thanks

David

Sumit wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Apr 15 2011 9:01 AM

Hi,

I am having excel 2003 & 2007 both. If I open one excel 2003 file & then try opening any excel 2007 file, the 2007 excel try opening in 2003 but as junk carecters.

any one knows the reason & soln.

Anonymous wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Apr 15 2011 9:23 AM

...hello=)

...i just want to know if it is okay to install a  ms office 2003 even if ms office 2007 is already running in a system??

...anyone could help???

..thanks in advance

-friendship

Jack Straw wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, May 4 2011 10:15 AM

Hi David

Appreciate the time you give to answering questions

I have a Office 2000 installed. I want to keep this and use it as my main MS product especially as it links up with my work computer and some macros there . However I need to install Office Pro 2010 for occasional use of a macro within excel.

Rather than installing it on the same system would it be easier (and less likely to produce conflicts) if I install it on the same pc but under a different user? (I'm running on XP Pro r.3)

Many thanks

Jack

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, May 4 2011 11:50 AM

Jack,

installing under a different user will not change the common files that are shared, so is unlikely to resolve the issue.

Thanks

David

Jack Straw wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, May 10 2011 2:45 PM

Thanks for your reply David

I have bought a copy of Office Pro 2010 and installed it in the same User as Office 2000. By default I would like files with the suffix .xls to open with Office 2000 but Office 2010 has changed them to open with Office 2010.

I have gone into <explorer><tools><folder options><file types> Selected .xls <advanced> selected Open <edit> and then browsed to C:\P~File\|M~O~\Office\excel.exe being the exe file for Office 2000.

It works but when I try to open a file called jack straw.xls (note space) in the folder C:\My Documents Excel 2000 opens and then tells me it cannot find the file C:\My.xls <ok> then it cannot find the file Documents.xls <ok> then it cannot find the file jack.xls

<> then straw.xls and then finally it opens the file

I'm running XP Pro sp3

Its not mission critical but it is a tad annoying. Is there something I can do to correct this?

Thanks

Jack

Lori wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Jun 13 2011 7:26 PM

Hi David,

I'm attempting to have 2003 and 2010 coexist and having a difficult time of it on my w2k3 TS.

I have installed the following:

Office 03:

Outlook

Word

Excel

Access

PowerPoint

Office 2010:

Word

Excel

Access

PowerPoint

Publisher

Any suggestions?  Launching Outlook as a reg user I keep getting MS WORD 14.0 "An error occurred and this feature is no longer functioning properly.  Please run Setup and Select "Repair..." To restore this application."

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Jun 17 2011 8:09 AM

Lori,

Outlook 2003 has an option to not use Word as the editor and I suspect this will be required here.

email.about.com/.../How_to_Use_Word_as_Your_Default_Email_Editor_in_Outlook.htm has the simple instructions on how to turn this off which should remove the error.

Thanks

David

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on Tue, Sep 20 2011 9:49 AM

I know all you guys are on Vista and Windows 7, but I'm stuck back here on Windows XP SP3 and I added ran both those lines, and they still do the install stuff each time I switch between Office 2003 Professional and Office 2007 Enterprise using Word on each.

pupuk organik wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Oct 11 2011 1:26 PM

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Marv wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Mon, Nov 7 2011 11:18 AM

Hi David.

This is my setup.  I'm also in the teaching environment.  I have 4 computer labs.  I have 48 stand alone computers, in my lab, running XP Pro and Office 2003.  At the beginning of 2011 we started using Office 2007 with the grade 10 learners using a different lab. Now that I have them for grade 11 next year I have to install Office 2007 onto my machines but should also have 2003 for the grade 12's

I did the NoReReg registry entry and it works fine since we are not using Outlook.  We are not on a domain… just a normal ethernet network.  

On each computer I have six profiles.  The Administrator, an exam profile which is linked to the server, 2 x gr.11 profiles and 2 x gr.12 profiles.  I have two groups of each.  

My issue is that I would like the different profiles to automatically use the different office versions.  For instance: When a grade 11 learner opens a document, the profile must know to use Office 2007 applications.  When a grade 12 learner opens a document, the profile must know to use Office 2003.

I tried to use the ‘Open with’ option, but it cascades through to the other profiles and then the grade 11 profile opens documents using Office 2003.

Is there a way to get pass this problem?  Does this even make sense?

Thanks

Martin

khan321 wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Wed, Nov 30 2011 10:26 AM

Mr. David,

i have removed ms office 2003, i want to install ms office 2007, but problem is that i had office 2003 orignal ver in laptop,

please inform me how i install 2007?

thanks

David Overton wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Thu, Dec 1 2011 10:00 PM

Khan321,

Do you have a set of Office 2007 disks (or Office 2010) - you will need to have purchased these to install the newer version of Office.

Thanks

David

Joy wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Fri, Mar 29 2013 2:20 PM

Thanks this was helpful

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maria wrote re: Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system
on Tue, Nov 12 2013 10:57 AM

hi David,

now i installed office 2007 on a machine with 2003, the outlook disappeared so can i retrieve it back ??? with the same configuration???????????????????

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