Mixing Microsoft Office Versions

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On my PC I have a fully Licensed Version MS Office 2002

When I bought a laptop recently I bought a three user version of MS Office 2010

I want to Load MS Excel 2010 onto my PC but will it delete my 2002 programs not on my version of MS Office 2010 particularly MS Publisher.

If someone has experience of this and can tell me I would be very grateful

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The new version should not interfere with the old, it will install in a separate folder. But you might want to modify the old version to remove Excel 2002 so it will not conflict with the newer Excel.
 

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Fin-Man is not correct. You cannot install multiple versions of Office on the same computer. Publisher is probably an exception, but I can't be sure without verifying it. You definitely will have problems with the other applications like Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
 
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You can install multiple copies over each other, but you shouldn't. It makes for a headache. I've done it and I know a lot of people who have done it, but it's problemmatic.
 
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Definitely don't do it unless you can find or make a portable version of one of them. Office installs components throughout the operating system and registry. It envelops most every function on the machine. The idea that a program installs into a folder in Program Files and that's it is completely false for any but the very simplest of programs. Office is a definite example of one that does not.

LibreOffice (which is compatible with almost all Microsoft formats and free) has a portable version you can run from a folder or USB stick.
 
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I have had, successfully, Excel 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2007 installed on one machine. There are some things which don't work as they should when you have multiple versions open, i.e. personal.xls. I can't speak to the rest of the Office applications however. I do certainly agree with the others in that it is not recommended. If you're going to do that, I would highly recommend utilizing some kind of virtual drive(s).
 
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What would be the point of a virtual drive? How would Windows deal with the multiple context menu entries? What would the file associations work out to be? Are you willing to help the OP solve all of these problems, and more?
 
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Install a new OS on a virtual drive. Share hardware resources but different OS's. You shouldn't have those problems. I didn't when I ran them anyway.
 
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It's impossible not to have those problems. Both programs create context menus, some very similar. Both programs require file associations since they can't both open any individual file. All references in other Windows components would need to be determined as to which installation they referred.

But, if it were installed in a virtual machine, there would be no interaction between them. But that would mean buying a new copy of Windows since the main one cannot be installed to a VM without a new license.
 
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I thought that's what I said? But yes, you would need another OS (license). Or look at using Unbuntu, or something similar, but I don't think that's supported.
 

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Well thanks to everybody who has contributed to this debate.

Unfortunately, it seems I need to buy a further Version of MS Office with all of the constituent programs so that I can continue to use Publisher.

The alternative is to use Excel on my laptop solely and but that was never my intention the laptop being primarily for use away from home only.

I need to weigh up the pros and cons but I am very grateful for the input from such knowledgeable practitioners.

Thank You

Malcolm Vasey.
 
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Publisher is issued as a stand-alone program. In the past I have leapfrogged my other Office programs with a new Publisher, and then back ahead with the other Office programs at the next instance. Never had a problem.
 

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If you're running Windows 7 professional or ultimate you can run XP in virtual mode and isntall 2002 there.
I used to have two versions running 2003 and 2007 with no real issues but now I removed all, installed 2010 and in the XP mode I have 2003 installed.
Works a charm
 
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I'm not versed with using virtual mode in Windows 7. Does it share resources I wonder? Or is it a true virtual drive?
 
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