Upgrade from Office 2000 to 2003

I have a potential client who wants to upgrade their sales force laptops (48 units) from Office 2000 to Office 2003.  Any of you ever do this sort of thing?  

Anything to watch out for?  

Approximately how long am I looking at per PC on average?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I'd do it through group policy - the upgrade would take probably 5 minutes per machine, plus time to enter the key, if necessary.

Biggest problem I recall is Access databases - they may need to be converted and those in 2003 format will not be readable in 2000.
mentisgroupAuthor Commented:
Can't do in GP - I wish that I could.  No AD environment.
i have done it numerous times & works well -- takes about 20-30 minute.
Best to un-install existing office, before installing new -- Install is clean.

If you had access to mutiple Laptops at a time of course you could fly.

Our databases are Access 2k and they open fine & close as Access 2k --
On first opening of 2000 mdbs, you may be ask to loosen security for access which you will probably need to do to run the 2k dbs.

Outlook works fine maybe a little clunky & if connecting to Exchange a little slower.

Open all Apps on first install, then strategize from there.

Hope this helps :)

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mentisgroupAuthor Commented:
It helps but should I watch out for anything outlook related?  pst/ost/pab/etc????
No with the email personal & arcive files, etc. -- it was transparant.
Seemed to pickup the previous locations, etc.

If not, you only need to point to the files to pull them in -- the format is mostly the same.
<It helps but should I watch out for anything outlook related?  pst/ost/pab/etc????>

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