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When you install the Office XP Professional Trial version, you have the option of either keeping or removing any earlier version of Office. If you choose to remove an earlier version of Office but want the option of using that version at a later time, you must have the installation source for that earlier version available (for example, the installation CD-ROMs). Before you reinstall your earlier Office version, you must uninstall the trial version.
This article outlines some of the considerations that need to be made before you install the Microsoft Office XP Trial version.
Office XP Installation Removes Earlier Version by DefaultBy default, when you install the Office XP Trial version, the Upgrade Now option is selected in the Choose the type of installation you need dialog box. If you use the Upgrade Now option, your earlier Office installation is removed from your computer.
If you mistakenly removed your earlier Office version, do not install your earlier Office version after you install the Office XP Trial version. You should always install the latest version of Office last. So, in this situation, you must do the following:
Activate the Office XP Trial VersionWhen you start any of the Office XP programs for the first time after you install Office, the Microsoft Office Activation Wizard automatically runs. You are presented with one activation option, or you can choose to activate Office at a later time:
Activate by using the InternetIf you select the Activate by using the Internet option, the Office Activation Wizard automatically contacts the Microsoft licensing servers through your Internet connection. If you are using a valid product key that has not been used previously, your product is activated immediately.
After you activate your product, you have a license to use Office XP for a period of 30 days.
You can run Office up to five times without activating it. If you fail to activate the product, the programs begin running in reduced-functionality mode. In reduced-functionality mode, you cannot save modifications to documents or create a new document, and additional functionality may be reduced.
For more information about how to activate an Office XP Trial license, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
828958For more information about the Office Activation Wizard and reduced-functionality mode, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/828958/ )How to activate a license in Office programs
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/293151/ )Description of the Office Activation Wizard
Keep an Earlier Office Version Along with Office XPIf you want to keep your earlier Office version installed when you install the Office XP Trial version, follow these steps:
Office Shortcuts on the Programs MenuBecause Office XP creates shortcuts on the Programs menu whose names are the same as those for earlier Office versions, you must manually re-create the shortcuts for your earlier Office version.
The following steps outline this procedure for Office 2000 programs:
Uninstall the Office XP Trial VersionThe Office XP Trial version license is only valid for approximately 30 days from the date of activation. Therefore, you must uninstall the Trial version at some time. The method that you use to uninstall the Office XP Trial version depends on the version of Office that you plan to install after the Trial version is removed from your computer.
Reinstall the Earlier Office Version That Was Removed During the Office XP Trial InstallationIf your earlier Office version was removed during the Office XP Trial version installation, you must uninstall the Trial version before you install your earlier Office version. To do this, follow these steps:
Repair an Earlier Office Version That Was Not Removed During the Office XP Trial InstallationIf you chose to keep your earlier Office version installed when you installed the Office XP Trial version, you may have to repair your earlier Office version installation.
For Office 2000, follow these steps:
System Files UpdateWhen you install a trial version of an Office XP product on either Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), the System Files Update installation may automatically run during the Office installation. In this situation, after you uninstall the Office XP Trial version, the System Files Update is still listed in the Add/Remove Programs Properties dialog box. This is not a problem, and you can uninstall the System Files Update if you want to. However, if you uninstall the System Files Update, many of the files included with the System Files Update installation are not removed from your computer. The files included with the System Files Update are permanent system files and cannot be uninstalled.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/286399/ )Description of the System Files Update
Install a Non-Trial Office XP VersionIf you run Setup with a non-trial version of Office XP, and the Office XP trial version is still installed on your computer, you do not have to uninstall the Trial version before you install the non-trial version. When you run Setup with the non-trial version, you receive the following message:
Setup has detected pre-release or trial versions of Microsoft Office XP products on this computer. To continue installation, setup must remove these products.If you click OK in the dialog box that displays this message, all pre-release or trial versions of Office XP will be uninstalled. When the pre-release versions or trial versions are uninstalled, the non-trial version of Office XP is automatically started.
Click OK to uninstall your pre-release or trial versions, or click Cancel to exit setup.
NOTE: After the initial activation, this product cannot be reinstalled on the same computer or installed to another computer. Only one activation of the trial version is allowed.
Article ID: 295167 - Last Review: December 4, 2007 - Revision: 1.10