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Two Words (two versions of MS Word) - can they coexist peacefully?
Thread poster: Vladimir Dubisskiy

Vladimir Dubisskiy  Identity Verified
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Nov 5, 2004

I have Windows XP and MS Office XP with Word 2002. I installed Trados 5.0 and as it supports only Word 2000, I have installed Word 2000 as well.
However, when opening either of Words, the other Word goes through installation procedure every time.
To get rid of macro dangers with Office 2000 (but I have only Word 2000 installed from all products) I installed relevant patches, and now when opening Word 2000 the system asks me to put the Office 2000 disl in.
Is it possible to make both Words coexist peacefully without any hussle?
What should I do?
Thank you!

[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2004-11-05 06:15]

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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Moving the thread... Nov 5, 2004 Office applications.

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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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I don't think so Nov 5, 2004

Vladimir Dubisskiy wrote:
...can they coexist peacefully?

I had similar problems with Word 97 and Word 2000 on Win XP.
My workaround is installing, deinstalling and reinstalling of the needed version.
If you make backups of your Trados .dot files (found in diverse subdirectories), you won't have to reinstall Trados, at least.
If any program often asks you to insert a CD, the solution is to copy the CD to your hard disk and install from there.
Have fun,

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Multiple office installs Nov 5, 2004

Hmmm... ok, 1st is the "Please insert your Office CD" prompt when patching. This is a known problem when patching Office 2000 or XP, there's documentation about it in Microsoft's knowledge base,but basically there's no real alternative to providing the cd. It arises from the Windows Installer, which is also what is running each time you start Word.

If I were trying to do what you did I would try;
(starting with no Office of any kind)
1. install Word 2000 to "...\Program Files\Microsoft Office 2000"
2. open Word, use it a bit, install Trados, use it, install all Office 2000 patches.
3. Install Office 2002/XP to "...\Program Files\Microsoft Office"
The idea here is that your default Office installation will be the 2nd, XP version, but you should still be able to launch Word 2000, which is still in its own directory, if you need to.

It might work to install Office XP first, then install Word 2000 to a 2nd location, but it feels wrong, and relies on the Office XP installation to protect/replace any files which are rolled back to earlier versions.

If you don't mind losing Word 2002, you could always;
1. Install Word 2000 to it's default ...\Program Files\Microsoft Office
2. install Trados, patches.
3. upgrade to Office XP, but de-select Word during installation, that is leave the old version in place.

All of this assumes you're prepared to remove all traces of any Office install before you begin (rebuild the pc is even better). I guess it depends what you use the PC for.

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More information here... Nov 5, 2004

Here's the official advice on supporting multiple Office versions on a single PC;

Information about running multiple versions of Office with Office 2003 (Article ID : 828956);en-us;828956

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could sometimes be also dangerous Nov 5, 2004

Hi especially if you have to work in tight time frame. For example, word 97 uses different colors (document markers) than 2000 or xp. Now I had an issue sometime back, where the source file was finished in 97 and I was working in 2003. The color marking which was blue in the outsourcer´s word which is 97, red need be neglected. In word 2003 it the reflection is exactly the opposite, it was showing the source red in 97 as blue in source file on 2003 so I was neglecting.I have almost lost that project. So I had developed a habit of asking in such situations to ask the version or the year number of the source file word issue.

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Mikhail Yanchenko
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old Words live in peace Nov 5, 2004

I have 2 words - Word 6 and Office 97, and also 2 PowerPoints - 97 and 2000. They coexist in peace without reinstallation. I have installed from previous version to the latest, in different directories, (Powerpoints even on different disks on C and D). The main feature while installation - on suggestion while installation to delete the old files - I said "no".

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