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What is the optimal way to install Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same computer?

I have two versions of Office (2003 and 2007) installed on one of my computers. Every time I switch versions it goes through a long reconfiguration process. Is there a way to turn off this reconfiguration process every time I switch versions of Office. Thanks
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I would never do such a thing, although some people will tell you it can be done. It normally leads to problems such as you are having.

Now on my computer I have all the following running: Office 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, 2000, 97 and 95.

How do I do this optimally and in a completely troublefree manner?  I have each version in its own virtual machine. This works a treat.

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PDSWSSAuthor Commented:
Still waiting for a solution.
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PDSWSSAuthor Commented:
Thinkpads_User

Can I set up a virtual machine in Windows XP?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes. You can use VMware Workstation (best) or VMware Player (free) on an XP Pro machine and from there install XP as a Virtual Machine. Then run one copy of Office in the VM and the other copy in the host.

... Thinkpads_User
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you. Virtual Machines is a very good way to do all this, so good luck going forward.

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PDSWSSAuthor Commented:
Is XP Pro the only version of XP that is compatible with virtual machines? Thanks
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes, I think you need XP Pro (vs Home) to install VMware. The documentation (that I looked up) is not explicit, so it might run on XP Home.  You can get a trial version so there is no harm in trying.

Also, XP is dying out, so another option is to get a Windows 7 Pro computer which can come with XP Mode. Then there is no need for VMware Workstation or Player. XP Mode will run the other Office Copy.

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PDSWSSAuthor Commented:
Essentially Windows 7 Pro comes with two OS?  XP and Windows 7?  thanks
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you buy a computer with Windows 7 it will normally ask you if you want XP Mode with it. Even if you have Windows 7 Pro without XP Mode, you can download and install it for free. For what you are doing, Windows 7 Pro with XP Mode (free) is a very good idea.

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PDSWSSAuthor Commented:
Thanks. Yes - sounds like a good solution.
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