How to run multiple versions of Visio
This article describes the problems that you may experience when you do this. Additionally, this article offers advice on how to prevent different versions of Visio from conflicting with one another.
Order of installationIf you want to install and use more than one version of Visio on the samecomputer, install the earliest version first.
For example, if you want to use both Visio 2003 and Visio 2007 on the same computer, install Visio 2003 first. This order is required because of the way that Visio manages registry keys, file name extensions, and other settings for each version.
The rest of this article assumes that you have installed the versions of Visio in the correct order.
Visio folder locationsWhen you install Visio 2007, the default folder for setup is the following folder:
Shortcuts on the Start menuVisio 2007 and Visio 2003 use different shortcut names on the Microsoft Office menu. However, Visio 2002 and Visio 2000 use the same shortcut names on the Start menu to start programs. Because of this behavior, the Setup program overwrites the shortcuts for the earlier versions of Visio when you install Visio 2002.
Notes about the shortcuts for Visio 2002 and Visio 2000
- The Microsoft Visio shortcut on the Start menu always points to the Visio 2000 or Visio 2002 product that you most recently installed or repaired.
- If you rename the shortcuts for the earlier versions of Visio before you install Visio 2002, you can use the shortcuts for all sets of programs on the Start menu.
To avoid confusion, we suggest that you add the version number to each renamed shortcut. For example, rename the shortcut that points to Visio 2000 as "Microsoft Visio 2000" before you install Visio 2002. Additionally, you can move the Visio 2000 shortcuts to a subfolder on the Start menu.
- If you manually move the shortcuts for either Visio 2002 or Visio 2000 and then reinstall the product or repair the shortcuts, the shortcuts will be re-created on the Programs submenu on the Start menu.
Error message when you start VisioIf you run an earlier version of Visio and then start a later version of Visio on the same computer, you may receive a message that resembles the following message in a Windows Installer dialog box:
This behavior occurs because Visio must reregister itself in the Microsoft Windows registry. When you start Visio, its resiliency features check the appropriate registry entries. If the appropriate version is not the associated program for the .vsd file type, Visio starts the Windows Installer to correct the registry keys.
If you do not want to receive these error messages every time that you start Visio 2002, create a new shortcut for Visio 2002 that manually registers the product. To do this, follow these steps:
- Exit Visio.
- Right-click an empty area of the Windows desktop, click New, and then click Shortcut.
- Click Browse.
- Locate the folder where you installed Visio. Click the Visio.exe file, and then click OK.
- In the Type the location of the item box, you see the complete path of the Visio.exe file in quotation marks. The path resembles one of the following paths:
- "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Visio12\Visio.exe"
- "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Visio11\Visio.exe"
- "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Visio10\Visio.exe"
Your entry now resembles one of the following paths:
- "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Visio12\Visio.exe" /r
- "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Visio11\Visio.exe" /r
- "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Visio10\Visio.exe" /r
- Click Next.
- In the Type a name for this shortcut box, type a name, and then click Finish.
- Run Visio by using the new shortcut on the Windows desktop to manually reregister Visio every time that it is run.
What occurs when you double-click a drawing file in Windows ExplorerWhen you double-click a Visio drawing in Windows Explorer, or when you click a drawing from the recent documents folder in Windows, the following rules apply:
- If a version of the program is running, the drawing opens in that version.
- If no version of the program is running, the drawing opens in the version of the program that you most recently installed.
Alternatively, the drawing opens in the last version of the program that was running. Every time that you start the Visio program, it registers itself as the version to use to load a drawing.
For more information about how to make file associations, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Article ID: 298947 - Last Review: 04/20/2007 23:22:00 - Revision: 4.1
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