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Upgrading 97 to 2007

January 3, 2007 at 07:48:38
Specs: XP Pro, 256

Hello. I just have a simple question. My current machines are running Office 97 Pro and I have now Office 2007 Pro. Can I simply upgrade Office 97 with the Office2007 CD? OR is Office 97 too old and would I have to uninstall first? Thanks.

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#1
January 3, 2007 at 10:54:05

You don't really "upgrade" the software. When you install Office it will install a brand new fresh copy - however it *might* attempt to migrate some of your settings. The upgrade versions are just reduced price versions which will verify you have the previous software. During install the program will llook to see if the previous version is installed, if not you have the option of inserting the disc from the previous version for validation (at least this is how Windows does it).

If, the software will allow you to install by using a CD check AND if you don't have any settings that you don't mind losing, I would suggest doing a complete uninstall of 97 and doing a fresh install. It is always better to do a fresh install IMHO.

Michael J


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#2
January 4, 2007 at 06:13:38

Normally I would concur with Michael about doing a fresh install, but in the case of Office I disagree. I installed MSO 07 on my PC as an upgrade and all went well. I went to install it as an upgrade on my laptop and all did not go so well. Outlook did not install properly. I unistalled MSO '07 and reverted right back to MSO '03. Had I uninstalled '03 I would not have been able to do this w/o reinstalling '03. Remember too to back up you PST files before you install it either way

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#3
January 4, 2007 at 08:21:54

"Had I uninstalled '03 I would not have been able to do this w/o reinstalling '03"

Perhaps it didn't go well because there was something about MSO '03 installation that mucked it up. And, that is what backups are for. In this case, just backing up the PST shoud be enough.

Michael J


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#4
January 6, 2007 at 08:06:56

Sorry Michael! nothing mucked up about my installation of '03 on my laptop. That was the first thing I checked for btw. My PC is my test machine, an my laptop is my production machine. Nothing goes on my laptop or any of the other PC's and laptops around here w/o it first being installed and thoroughly tested on my PC.

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#5
January 6, 2007 at 08:15:34

Well, something, was different between the machine where the upgrade went well and the one where it failed. Upgrade installs are more error prone than clean installs.

Michael J


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#6
January 11, 2007 at 13:57:48

Oh yea somethin' definetly went wrong.. What I will probably do is back my personal folders and uninstall '03 and do a clean install of '07.

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