Thursday, January 24, 2008

So you want to use Excel 2003 and Excel 2007 on the same machine....

I'm blogging this so I can find it next time I need it.

Scenario: You have Excel 2003 installed (maybe as part of Office 2003). You want to install Excel 2007, and leave Excel 2003 installed. You want .xlsx files to open in Excel 2007 when you double-click 'em, and you want .xls files to open in Excel 2003.


Install Excel 2007 - customize your installation
Upgrade tab: select keep all previous versions installed
File location tab: change from the default path (c:\program files\microsoft office) to a different path (such as c:\program files\microsoft office 2007) This may not be strictly necessary but it makes me feel safer.

Then, do a repair on Office 2003 using Add/Remove Programs control panel (in W2k or XP) or the Programs control panel in Vista.

Alternately, you can run the following commands (from this usenet conversation):

1. Close Excel
2. Windows Start Button|Run, type
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\excel.exe" /unregserver 3. Windows Start Button|Run
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\excel.exe" /regserver
(If you originally installed Office 2003 in a different location you will need to change those commands to reflect the correct path to excel.exe.)

There are some other gotchas to Exchange 2003/2007 coexistence. See my bookmarks for Office 2007 for more.


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