OFF97: Microsoft Imager Removed by Microsoft Office 97 Install

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry.Before you edit the registry, you should first make a backup copy of theregistry files (System.dat and User.dat). Both are hidden files in theWindows folder.
If Microsoft Imager is installed on your computer and you run the MicrosoftOffice 97 Setup program, Microsoft Imager 2.0 is removed.

In addition, tagged image file format (.tif) files and bitmap (.bmp) filesremain associated with Imager even though it does not exist on thecomputer.
Microsoft Office 97 Setup removes Microsoft Imager regardless of whetheryou click Yes or No when you are prompted to remove all older versions ofMicrosoft Office.
To work around this behavior, use either of the following two methods.

Method 1: Reinstall Microsoft Imager

If you want to continue using Microsoft Imager, reinstall it by usingthe following steps:
  1. After Microsoft Office 97 Setup is completed successfully, insert the Microsoft Office 7.0 compact disc into the CD-ROM drive.

    If the Microsoft Office for Windows 95 screen appears, click Browse CD Contents.
  2. If the Microsoft Office for Windows 95 screen does not appear, double- click My Computer and right-click the CD-ROM drive. Click Open on the shortcut menu. Locate the Valupack folder on the compact disc and double-click the folder to open it.
  3. Double-click the Imager folder.
  4. In the Imager folder, double-click Setup.exe to run the Microsoft Imager Setup program.

Method 2: Use Microsoft Photo Editor

The Microsoft Office 97 compact disc includes a program called MicrosoftPhoto Editor. This program is not installed as part of a Typicalinstallation. Photo Editor is one of the Office Tools that you can installduring a Custom installation of the Microsoft Office 97.

If you want to use Microsoft Photo Editor instead of Microsoft Imager,install Photo Editor by using the following steps:
  1. Run the Microsoft Office 97 Setup program and click Add/Remove.
  2. Click Office Tools, click Change Options, and then click to select the Photo Editor check box.
  3. Click Continue to complete the Setup program.
To reassociate the *.bmp and *.tif files with Microsoft Photo Editor orMicrosoft Paint, please see the following article in the MicrosoftKnowledge Base:
129050 How to Change Existing File Type Associations to New Programs
141275 How to Open a File with Other Than Associated Program
133217 How to Create Multiple Associations for One File Extension
We are researching this problem and will post new information here in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.
Microsoft Imager is included on the Microsoft Office 7.0 compact disc andcan be installed from the Valupack folder. Microsoft Imager does notrequire that Microsoft Office 7.0 be installed on your computer.

Microsoft Photo Editor is included on the Microsoft Office 97 compact discand can be installed as part of a Custom installation.

NOTE: Microsoft Imager 2.0 is removed by installing Microsoft Office 97.However, if you do not remove earlier versions of Microsoft Office when youare prompted by Setup, Microsoft Imager 2.0 is not removed from theprograms in the Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel. If you clickMicrosoft Imager 2.0 in the Add/Remove Programs dialog box and you clickAdd/Remove, you receive the following error message:
An error occurred while trying to remove Microsoft Imager 2.0. Uninstallation has been canceled.
To remove Microsoft Imager 2.0 from the Add/Remove programs, you can editthe Windows 95 registry.

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems thatmay require you to reinstall Windows 95. Microsoft cannot guarantee thatproblems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved.Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the Changing Keys AndValues online Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe). Note that youshould make a backup copy of the registry files (System.dat and User.dat)before you edit the registry.

To remove Microsoft Imager 2.0 from the Add/Remove programs, follow thesesteps:
  1. Click Start and click Run. In the Run box, type regedit. This step opens the Registry Editor.
  2. Locate and delete the following Registry key:
          HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current VersionUninstall\Imager32						
  3. On the Registry menu, click Exit to close the Registry Editor.
  4. Restart your computer.

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