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Although we do not recommend it, you can install and use more than one version of Microsoft Visio on a single computer. For example, you can install and use both Microsoft Office Visio 2003 and Microsoft Office Visio 2007 on the same computer.
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 same computer, 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:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Visio12When you install Visio 2003, the default folder for setup is the following folder:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Visio11When you install Visio 2002, the default folder for setup is the following folder:
C:\ Program Files\Microsoft Office\Visio10When you install Visio 2000, the default folder for setup is the following folder:
C:\Program Files\VisioWhen you install Visio 5.0, the default folder for setup is the following folder:
C:\Program Files\VisioNote If you install Visio 5.0 and Visio 2000 on the same computer, choose a different setup folder location for Visio 2000. For example, when you install Visio 2000, install Visio 2000 to 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
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: Then, you receive one of the following messages in another dialog box: NoteEdition is a placeholder for "Standard" or "Professional," depending on the edition of Visio that is installed on your computer.
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:
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:
For more information about how to make file associations, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/141275/ )How to open a file with other than associated program
Article ID: 298947 - Last Review: April 20, 2007 - Revision: 4.1