Switching from office 2003 to Office 2007

We have 600 users who are using office 2003 on our network .But i want every one to slowly switch on to office 2007.I dont know how to plan this move smoothly and efficiently. Any ideas appreciated.

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I have mixed machines running both 2007 and 2003 both connecting to my 2003 server. You can swap them out at will and plan the migration by however is most comfortable to your crew. You should have no problems except the vast differences in 03 and 07 may cause some complaints from the floor.
Nenad RajsicCommented:
do it through Group policy. the best way to do it is to roll it out to a selected few users first. When you are happy that your upgrade works properly then continue doing other ou's. making sure that everything works well before rolling it out to everyone else.
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Office 2007 is very different from office 2003 so some training wil be required. Rolw out the new version in stages eg department by department so that you can support users during the changeover properly.
Make sure that you install the office compatibility pack on all Office 2003 machines so that they can read Office 2007 files and/or configure new office 2007 installations to default to the 2003 file formats.

Finally, consider delaying, skip office 2007 and jump to office 2010 (due next month for corporates)

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We recently did this in our environment.

The basic outline of how our Rollout went is as following:
Office 2007 Migration Team. (Users who would support any issues with the users using Office 2007.)
Office 2007 Users (we picked a few top departments and individuals who use Office a lot)

If any of these users were experiencing issues, they would call our helpdesk, advise that there part of the Office 2007 test group and a ticket would get assigned to the Office 2007 Migration team to troubleshoot. This helped us address and fix macro issues, templates issues, local and terminal services issues before the full roll out took place. Also make sure that there office compatibility pack is installed.

Stick with Office 2003. Office 2007 is doing almost almost everything you did in Office 2003 with 10 times the steps, 100 the complexity and 1000 times the frustrations. In any case... if you have to install Office 2007, do it alongside Office 2003 (without uninstalling the 2003), the only thing you'll need to uninstall from the 2003 package is OUTLOOK 2003, and you can select that from the Office 2007 installation dialog box. Additionally... for smooth transition between one suite and the other  (no "installation" dialog boxes each time you run an app from either suite)... create and execute batch (.bat or .cmd) file with the following code....

 reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1
 reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

 reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1
 reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

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lianne143Author Commented:
After creating the batch file with the below code.
 reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1
 reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

Do i need to just execute from desktop or do i need to put it on any specific locataion.

No need to put in any particular folder. Just execute wherever you created it. Additionally you can edit shortcuts to the apps that cause annoyances and append " /noreg" switch to the target executable.
lianne143Author Commented:

From the above post you say  
Additionally you can edit shortcuts to the apps that cause annoyances and append " /noreg" switch to the target executable.
Can you please let me know as how to do this, any tutorials appreciated
The TARGET field in the Office 2003 and 2007 shortcuts is not editable so therefore you have to manually create new links.

After testing, I realized that you probably only need to create new shortcuts for Word 2003 and Visio 2003.

All you need to do is:

1. Navigate to the installation folder of office 2003 (generally "Program Files\Microsoft Office")...

(This reminds me, when you install Office 2007, customize the installation and use a different folder from the one being used by Office 2003. You can always install it under "Program Files\Microsoft Office 2007"... it is not necessary, but due to the fact that it will be coexisting alongside Office 2003, it's probably better to keep them in separate folders)

...as I was saying...

2. Navigate to the OFFICE11 folder under the "Program Files\Microsoft Office" folder...

3. Locate and right click on the WINWORD.EXE file

4. Select the "Create Shortcut" option from the menu that pops up. This will create a new shortcut (possibly called "Shortcut to WINWORD.EXE").

5. Rename "Shortcut to WINWORD.EXE" to something more familiar... such as "Microsoft Office Word 2003"

6. Right click on the shortcut and select "Properties" from the menu that pops up..

7. In the "Target" field of the "Shortcut" tab of the "Microsoft Office Word 2003 Properties" dialog box, append " /noreg" to the existing text... in other words... change:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\WINWORD.EXE"


"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\WINWORD.EXE" /noreg

8. Now copy your newly created and edited shortcut to your start menu. You can do this by dragging the shortcut and dropping it on the "START" menu!.

9. Do the same for every other office pogram that shows the installation dialog box when it's starting up... like "Visio" for example... one thing though... VISIO.EXE is probably located in "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\VISIO11"
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