multiple versions of office?

  1. Posts : 87
    win 10 enterprise - Build 19044.1706

    multiple versions of office?

    i have wreaked havoc on my system by trying to have multiple versions of office installed.

    i would like:
    word 2003, word 2016
    excel 2016
    powerpoint 2016
    outlook 2007

    for most of it, i'm ok, but outlook gives me problems. outlook 2016 search does not work at all, and on ol 2007 only the contact search works. further, if i use the nk2 editor, it always opens the file for 2016, not the 2007 that i'd like to use. reinstalling ol 2007 from a standalone file doesn't help.

    are the office 2016 programs available separately, not the whole office?

    win10 version 10.0.18363 Build 18363.
    Last edited by zdoe; 27 Mar 2021 at 10:39.
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  2. Posts : 14,140
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint

    Can't give you much but will say I have Office 2013 on my main Desktop and a Notebook, Office 2010 on another Desktop and another Notebook plus Office 2000 on another couple of Notebooks. Office 2007 change the file formats and previous versions can't open them, 2003, 2002/XP and 2000 needed the addition of a Compatibility Pack to open the files that have the x added to the extension such as .docx, .xlsx, etc. Used to be the individual programs were available, this link has the new Outlook but may have to shop around to find the older:
    If having the software/disc with Product Key for the older might be able to do a Custom install choosing only Outlook. The only time I installed Outlook by itself was when Microsoft released Outlook 98 to replace Outlook 97 [due to problems]. With Office 2000 I do the Custom leaving out Outlook [have seen some compatibility issues with Win10].

    I did run into issues when the 64-bit version of Office 2010 came out, in upgrading from 2003 had to remove FrontPage as there was an incompatibility between 32-bit and 64-bit.
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  3. Posts : 17,039
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170

    This is the current MS advice on the subject
    Install and use different versions of Office on the same PC - MSSupport [note the links near the end that take you to corresponding guidance that includes Office 2007]
    and there might be some useful comments in Running mixed Office versions - TenForums

    Does Control panel, Progs & features, Office 2016, right-click allow you to 'change'? If so you might be able to uninstall Outlook 2016.
    Uninstall Office from a PC - Office Support
    Manually uninstall Office, Apps - OfficeSupport

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  4. Posts : 87
    win 10 enterprise - Build 19044.1706
    Thread Starter

    yes, i do have the compatibility pack that makes office 2003 able to open ___x-extension files.

    control panel does not have options to alter office 2016 - seems it's all or nothing. revo uninstaller doesn't seem to be able to distinguish individual office programs either. even though outlook 2007 is better than the 2016 version i would switch if the search on 2016 worked. so maybe i should try to troubleshoot that instead?
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  5. Posts : 14,140
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint

    Didn't mention this but it may be necessary with programs to alter Preferences or Options in them to point their default storage locations to a different folder from others that can use the same files, to use a distasteful term in this day and age of segregating them.
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  6. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Hi there
    If you really want to use different versions of Office I'd suggest just running a tiny Virtual Machine. I know back ages ago you could run Office 2003 and Office 2010 concurrently but I don't think newer versions will work at all like that.
    A small VM will load and run any version of office (assuming the correct OS is installed) really fast especially if you don't need to add other stuff.

    Also good if you need Office in different languages without having to mess around with your main machine !!!.

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  7. Posts : 87
    win 10 enterprise - Build 19044.1706
    Thread Starter

    yes - virtual machine would undoubtedly solve my problem, but i'm looking to not to have to resort to it. not much luck so far, i have to admit...
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