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A question mostly about Word and Office and thus: OT

I asked this question in Microsoft.Public.Word two days ago but I have
not received an answer. I believe there are Office Experts here who may
be able to help.

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"A friend has Office 2000. She is a high school student. English is not
her first language.

I find the "Lookup" facility in Word 2003 very useful. I think she woud
too.

Can I install Word 2003 (legal and paid for, of course) over her Office
2000 Professional installation? Will all the other Office 2000
applications work if I do? (She is a serious student and uses Power
Point frequently to create presentations, and Excel as well).

Do you have any advice or opinions about this?

Perhaps, I am simply missing a way to enable Research in Office 2000?

I did a cursory Google search for this topic but did not find anything
definitive, I apologize if it is something like [how to calculate age]
in the MS-Access forums, a topic that has been answered a million
times."

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I should ask as well about installing Word 2003 separately and leaving
the Office 2000 installation undisturbed. Would that work? Would the
Research Facility be available in such a set-up?

Mar 13 '06 #1
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"Lyle Fairfield" <ly***********@aim.com> schreef in bericht news:11*********************@e56g2000cwe.googlegro ups.com...
I asked this question in Microsoft.Public.Word two days ago but I have
not received an answer. I believe there are Office Experts here who may
be able to help.

---------

"A friend has Office 2000. She is a high school student. English is not
her first language.

I find the "Lookup" facility in Word 2003 very useful. I think she woud
too.

Can I install Word 2003 (legal and paid for, of course) over her Office
2000 Professional installation? Will all the other Office 2000
applications work if I do? (She is a serious student and uses Power
Point frequently to create presentations, and Excel as well).

Do you have any advice or opinions about this?

Perhaps, I am simply missing a way to enable Research in Office 2000?

I did a cursory Google search for this topic but did not find anything
definitive, I apologize if it is something like [how to calculate age]
in the MS-Access forums, a topic that has been answered a million
times."

--------

I should ask as well about installing Word 2003 separately and leaving
the Office 2000 installation undisturbed. Would that work? Would the
Research Facility be available in such a set-up?


Hi Lyle,
I am not an Office expert but I can tell you from experience that your second option would work.
I don't see any reason why option 1 would not work but I did not try that myself.
I have the completely installed Office 97, Office 2000 and Office 2003 here on my PC.
So I have three versions of Word, Excel, PPoint, and even 4 versions of Access (also 2.0) here.
(I need/want this to check some backward-compatibility issues sometimes)
Office 97, and 2000 (Word and all other apps) work as expected and Word 2003 indeed has the research-feature.
I think this is a new feature, only available in Word2003 or Excel2003.
I installed the Office-versions in
\Program Files\Microsoft Office97
\Program Files\Microsoft Office2000
\Program Files\Microsoft Office2003
and everything (all apps) co-exists fine.

So I would say go ahead and install Word 2003 in a seperate directory, leaving the initial Office2000-install undisturbed.

Arno R
Mar 13 '06 #2
You can install as many different versions of Office on your PC as you
want - but that comes with a warning - they share some dlls. So when
you install a later version, many of the shared dlls will be
overwritten with the later versions.

I dont know about other office programs - but this can cause havoc in
Access if it catches you off guard. An example one such dll is vbe6. If
you inadvertently update vbe6.dll on one pc but not another (can happen
from an office update even if you keep the same version of access) -
and make code changes to the same database from both PCs you can wind
up corrupting the database beyond use (learned that one the hard way!).
Also be advised that the uninstall that comes with office programs will
not revert such shared dlls to their previous versions. - but all that
is probably of little or no bearing to what your friend is doing. I'd
say there'd be no prob running different versions of word, excel,
powerpoint etc.

As for the Lookup Facility - haven't a clue - sorry!!!

Mar 13 '06 #3
Thanks. Access, VB and and VBA are afraid of me; they'll behave. It's
only other Office programs that I am worried about. I'll go ahead with
a separate installation.

Mar 13 '06 #4
Thanks, Arno. I plan to go ahead with the separate installation.

Mar 13 '06 #5

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