Boot PowerPoint 2003 by default when 2003 and 2007 are installed
Posted on 2008-10-22
I run an academic convention where hundreds of presenters come together to give panels. Due to the variety of presenters (over 1200), we use laptops with both PowerPoint 2003 and PowerPoint 2007 installed. In this way, we are prepared to accommodate both types of users whether they have upgraded or not.
We know that (a) you can download a patch that will allow PowerPoint 2003 to run on PowerPoint 2007, and (b) you can save PowerPoint 2007 files in PowerPoint 2003 format. However, both have some known errors that can prevent presentations from rendering correctly.
By default, we recommend that everyone save their presentations as PowerPoint 2003 to get as many people as possible working on a common format. Then, 2007 is there for those who have used some of the upgraded graphics formats that dont convert well. Because the vast majority will be using 2003, we want to set our computers to start up PowerPoint 2003 by default when a PowerPoint presentation is opened.
However, the default appears to be for them to open with whatever version was last running, regardless of the native format of the presentation being opened. Is there a way to set the default to 2003 regardless of the last version used?
Please advise, and thank you one and all.