Solved Should I remove Office 2007 when I also have Office 2010?

May 12, 2015 at 02:36:26
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I have Office 2010. Is there any reason why I shouldn't remove Office 2007, 2007 updates, service packs, etc?

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May 19, 2015 at 15:34:23
As I say I have two versions installed OK and no conflicts... However there have been occasions when two versions of Outlook have been known to conflict; albeit rare but happened nonetheless. So "beachyhbt's" comment re' possible Outlook conflicts is not without foundation

M$ usually advise to remove the one before installing another; and that can be done by simply using the Add/Remove programmes option (Control Panel). You will select the Office version and then you can select the specific Outlook version to remove (only). No need to remove the whole Office suit - unless you really want to or need the space.

If you decide to lose Office 2007 completely - again do so via Add/Remove etc. Aafterwards verify the remaining Office installation is OK; then simply empty recycle-bin and defrag the drive?

I have had two version of Office happily co-exist; and even three briefly.

As before - ensure you "export" the pst files first and perhaps check them by importing them to the another Outlook installation. Also save them both on the current hard drive (in a location not normally addressed by Outlook (i.e. a specific folder created for the purpose); and also to an external storage (dvd at least..; perhaps even a usb stick/flash drive too - although flash drives aren't the best for long term storage).



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May 12, 2015 at 02:45:06
You should remove Office 2007 before installing a later version to avoid confusing the system with two different versions being present at the same time, otherwise unexpected problems and conflicts can occur.

Any Office 2007 updates (including service packs) will automatically be removed when you uninstall Office 2007.

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May 12, 2015 at 03:04:38
Hi Phil
Good advice, but you may gather by my question that 2010 is already installed. I'm not keen to uninstall them both. Shall I go ahead and uninstall 2007?
Richard

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May 12, 2015 at 04:24:02
I have had two version of Office installed in the past; and like you found no problems with their co-existence.

As for removing 2007...? Is there any facility in it that isn't present in 2010? I'm thinking of the Outlook confirmation of emails being received/read etc. issue in particular. That option disappeared with 2011 and above - but is/was present in 2010 version.; not sure if anything on 2007 disappeared with 2010.

Presuming you don't need 2007, then I can't see why not to remove it. However I would first ensure all data/personal files associated with it are safely copied elsewhere (DVD at least?); and that the Outlook .pst files are safely saved (exported etc.) somewhere safe (just incase theres ever anything in that version of Outlook inbox you might like to have to hand?I seem to recall the uninstall process is pretty painless - Add/Remove software routine?


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May 15, 2015 at 09:39:05
There should be no issue keeping both versions on your computer. I have two versions installed so when someone has an issue with one version, I can use that to troubleshoot. If you are not in IT and supporting staff, there probably is no reason to have both versions installed.

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May 19, 2015 at 08:20:42
Thanks, trvir. Useful answer. Unfortunately my PC has developed a fault that will have to be remedied before I do the deed

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May 19, 2015 at 12:25:46
I've found there are conflicts when there are two different versions of Outlook installed.

My recommendation would be to remove both versions of Office and then reinstall Office 2010.

Just my humble $.02.


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May 19, 2015 at 15:34:23
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As I say I have two versions installed OK and no conflicts... However there have been occasions when two versions of Outlook have been known to conflict; albeit rare but happened nonetheless. So "beachyhbt's" comment re' possible Outlook conflicts is not without foundation

M$ usually advise to remove the one before installing another; and that can be done by simply using the Add/Remove programmes option (Control Panel). You will select the Office version and then you can select the specific Outlook version to remove (only). No need to remove the whole Office suit - unless you really want to or need the space.

If you decide to lose Office 2007 completely - again do so via Add/Remove etc. Aafterwards verify the remaining Office installation is OK; then simply empty recycle-bin and defrag the drive?

I have had two version of Office happily co-exist; and even three briefly.

As before - ensure you "export" the pst files first and perhaps check them by importing them to the another Outlook installation. Also save them both on the current hard drive (in a location not normally addressed by Outlook (i.e. a specific folder created for the purpose); and also to an external storage (dvd at least..; perhaps even a usb stick/flash drive too - although flash drives aren't the best for long term storage).


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