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Can I have Word 2003 and 2007 on the same laptop?

by amelia jade / December 20, 2008 2:19 PM PST

I just bought a laptop with Microsoft Office 2007 Small Business. Right now, I need to use Word 2003. I have the Microsoft Office 2003 CD from my Desktop PC. Can I install only Word 2003 from the CD or does it require you to install all of the products; Outlook, Excel, etc.?

If I can install Word 2003 only, will the install have a problem with Word 2007 being on the laptop? What other things and concerns do I need to be aware of?

Thank you!


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Re: Office 2003
by Kees Bakker / December 20, 2008 8:43 PM PST

Generally, MS Office is rather good in having multiple versions on the same machine. So it might very well work.

Office 2003 certainly allows you to install only one product. But as the product key is activated on your desktop, it might refuse activation on the laptop without you buying a new license. That depends, of course, on the license you have. As far as I know, Home and Student edition allows for three installs. But we don't know what version you have, and what is possible and allowed with it.

If it doesn't work satisfactorily, you can try to uninstall Word 2007 from the Office 2007 CD, then reinstall Word 2003 for the Office 2003 CD. It's not 100% to work, but I'd give it a 99% chance.

The one thing not clear in your post: "I need to use Word 2003". Why can't you use Word 2007? Or OpenOffice 3.0?


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Using Word 2003 Vs Word 2007
by amelia jade / December 21, 2008 12:53 PM PST
In reply to: Re: Office 2003

Hi Kees,
Thanks for your reply. I think I'll try to install Word 2003 itself on the laptop and see if 2007 has a problem. I do have the 3 installs, so that shouldn't be a problem.

I checked if I can uninstall Word 2007 separately from my laptop (Control Panel --> Add/Remove Programs). Unfortunately, it only lets you select the entire Office 2007 package. I disagree with that, but that was Microsoft's decision, not mine.

I have many existing Word 2003 documents that I need to work with for a customer for the next 1+ years. That's why I need 2003, rather than 2007.

Thank you again for your help.


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Re: Office 2003 and 2007
by Kees Bakker / December 22, 2008 1:25 AM PST

Office 2007 is fully compatible with Office 2003. It can open those .doc files and it can Save As .doc also. Generally, the results are quite good. So probably there is no need for a separate install.

It's new to me that the setup of Office 2007 doesn't allow you to install only one program of the suite. All earlier versions do.


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Uninstall of Word 2007
by amelia jade / December 25, 2008 3:24 AM PST

It's not the setup of Office 2007 that won't let you install only 1 program. It's when you uninstall Office 2007 (Start -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs). There is no selection for each individual product, such as Word 2007 or Excel 2007. You can only select Office 2007.

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All older versions of Office ...
by Kees Bakker / December 25, 2008 4:24 AM PST
In reply to: Uninstall of Word 2007

when running setup.exe from the CD let you choose what items to install and uninstall. You could even use that feature to add or delete individual features like a WordPerfect graphic filter. So you ran the setup, unchecked Word and pressed OK. The result was that Word was ininstalled and all other programs remained as they were.

Worth a try for Office 2007, I'd say.


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