Earlier versions of Office are removed when you run the 2007 Office Setup program

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SYMPTOMS

When you run the 2007 Microsoft Office Setup program on a computer on which earlier versions of Microsoft Office are installed, the earlier versions of Office are removed. Additionally, you may not receive a message that states that this has occurred.

Note When you click Upgrade in the Microsoft Office suite_name 2007 Setup program dialog box, you may see the following description:
Install Microsoft Office based on your current Office configuration, and remove previous versions of Office from your computer.

CAUSE

This issue occurs because earlier versions of Office are automatically removed when you click Upgrade in the Microsoft Office suite_name 2007 Setup program dialog box. This automatic removal occurs by default.

MORE INFORMATION

When you click Custom in the Microsoft Office suite_name 2007 Setup program dialog box, the Custom setup dialog box opens. When you click the Upgrade tab, you see the following options:
  • Remove all previous versions
  • Keep all previous versions
  • Remove only the following applications
Also, each installed program from an earlier version of Office is listed in the Upgrade tab. There is a check box next to each program name. When you upgrade to the 2007 Office suite, the Office Setup program targets the following versions of Office programs for removal:
  • All versions of Microsoft Office 2000
  • All versions of Microsoft Office XP
  • All versions of Microsoft Office 2003
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2000
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2001
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2002
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2003
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2004
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2005
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2006
Versions of Office, of Works, and of Works Suite that are not listed must be removed by using the Add or Remove Programs feature in Control Panel.

Note Although we do not recommend this configuration, you can install and use more than one version of Office on a single computer. For example, you can install and use both Office 2003 and the 2007 Office suite on the same computer.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
828956 Information about running multiple versions of Office with Office 2003

How to remove earlier versions of Office programs

When you install Office, the Setup program verifies whether any components from earlier Office versions are installed on your computer. If the Setup program detects these earlier components, and if you select any option except Upgrade in the Microsoft Office suite_name 2007 Setup program dialog box, the Setup program displays the Upgrade tab. If you select Remove all previous versions, the Setup program removes all earlier Office programs that are installed. This helps prevent unnecessary files from occupying disk space on your computer.

You can also selectively remove programs from earlier versions of Office. To do this, select the Remove only the following applications option in the Microsoft Office suite_name 2007 Setup program dialog box. Then, select each program that you want to remove.

Note If you remove older Office components, other programs that use these older components may not work correctly.

For example, assume that you want to install the 2007 Office suite. You previously developed a custom program that will work only in Microsoft Access 2002. To use the custom program, Access 2002 must be available after you install the 2007 Office suite. Therefore, you must click Custom in the Microsoft Office suite_name 2007 Setup program dialog box, click the Upgrade tab, and then click to clear the check box next to Access 2002 (and any other programs that you want to keep).

How to keep earlier versions of Office programs

To set up the 2007 Office suite and to keep earlier versions of Office programs on the same computer, use either of the following methods.

Note You can have only one version of Microsoft Outlook installed on your computer. If you decide to keep an earlier version of Outlook, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 will not be installed.

Method 1: Select the "Keep All Previous Versions" option

To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Run the 2007 Office Setup program, and then click Custom.
  2. On the Upgrade tab, select Keep all previous versions.
  3. When the Setup program is completed, the earlier Office programs will be available.

Method 2: Select the "Remove Only the Following Applications" option

To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Run the 2007 Office Setup program, and then click Custom.
  2. On the Upgrade tab, select Remove only the following applications, and then click to clear the check boxes next to the programs that you want to keep.

How to reinstall earlier versions of Office programs after you install the 2007 Office suite

If you unintentionally remove earlier versions of Office programs that you wanted to keep, you must reinstall those programs. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Remove the 2007 Office suite.
  2. Run the Setup program for each earlier program, and then reinstall the earlier programs.

    Note Start with the oldest version first, and then continue to the newest version. Verify that the older programs work correctly.
  3. Run the 2007 Office Setup program again, and then click Custom.
  4. On the Upgrade tab, perform one of the following actions, as appropriate for your situation:
    • Select Keep all previous versions.
    • Select Remove only the following applications, and then click to clear the check boxes of the programs that you want to keep.
After you complete these steps, the earlier Office programs and the 2007 Office programs are available.

How to remove earlier Office programs after you install the 2007 Office suite

To remove earlier versions of Office programs after you install the 2007 Office suite, run the Setup program for each earlier Office program, and then click Remove All. After doing this, it may be necessary to perform a repair of the 2007 Office system product. To perform a repair of the 2007 Office system product in Windows XP, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Locate the 2007 Office system product in the listing of installed products, and then click it.
  4. Click Change.
  5. In the 2007 Office Setup dialog box, click Repair, and then click Continue.
To perform a repair of the 2007 Office system product in Windows Vista, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Programs.
  3. Click Programs and Features.
  4. Locate the 2007 Office system product in the listing of installed products, and then click it.
  5. Click Change.
  6. In the 2007 Office Setup dialog box, click Repair, and then click Continue.

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Article ID: 924618 - Last Review: April 15, 2008 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007
  • Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007
  • Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2007
  • Microsoft Office Standard 2007
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
  • Microsoft Office Basic 2007
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