Best Install Procedures for Microsoft Office

Installing More Than One Version

The most common error people make when installing multiple versions of Microsoft Office is that they do a default installation. No can do. You must install multiple versions as follows:

  • Install oldest versions first. If you have already installed a newer version and want to install an older version, then you must first completely remove the newer version completely, and reinstall oldest to newest.
  • Install to different directories. It's okay to install the first (oldest) version to its default location, which is C:\Program Files. However, I currently run four versions and have each in their own folder right on my C drive, with folder names as follows: Office97, Office00, Office02, Office03.
  • When installing, choose the Custom Install option. At the top of the options, you can click on Microsoft Office, and choose "Run All From My Computer". This is the best option for optimum results. If you do not choose this option, you won't get many things installed, such as the Wizards, which are so helpful to those of us who need them! debuted on May 26, 2005. provides examples of Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. The Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures on this web site are provided "as is" and we do not guarantee that they can be used in all situations.

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