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I currently have Office 2003 on my laptop and I'd like to load Office 2010 and be able to use either version. My O.S. is Windows 7 home premium 64 Bit, 4Gb Ram, 360Gb free on hard drive and Service pack 1.



Having spent some time searching for options, I propose partitioning the hard drive using the "Shrink Volume" method and installing Office 2010 on the new drive. My concerns are:

1. Is Windows automatically on the new partition or do I have to install it?
2. Office 2003 is 32 bit, and I know I'd need the 32 bit version of Office 2010 if it was on the same drive, but can I use the 64 bit version on the new drive?
3. I can only have one version of Outlook if on the same drive. Does this still apply with a separate drive?
4. Any other comment or advice please - other than upgrading to later versions of Windows or Office.
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There is no need for separate partitions - which wouldn't address the situation anyway. You can run Office 2003 and Office 2010 on the same Windows installation. Preferably, you'd install Office 2003 first. As you've observed, though, only one version of Outlook can be used. The official Word from MS was that Office 2010 should be installed as a 32-bit app unless you really its enhanced capacity to work with exceptionally large Excel workbooks that 64-bit installations provide.
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In addition to Paul's advice, I have Office 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 all running on the same partition. I use Outlook 2016, though Outlook 2010 is file compatible, but cannot be run at the same time.

Microsoft's recommendations are incomplete regarding Word - see Use different Word versions together for further recommendations with regard to shared resources that are better not shared.
Excel works better also if its startup folder is not shared.

In the case of Excel I would relocate the contents of the (Excel 2003) XLSTART folder to a new sub folder of the existing XLSTART -The start-up folder location is stored in the registry at
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\C ommon\Xlstart

Set the value to match the sub new folder name e.g. Office11XLSTART. That should sort out Excel 2003. Create similar sub folders and registry entries for each Office version i.e. Office12XLSTART & Office14XLSTART as appropriate.

I only use Word, Outlook and Excel so cannot comment on compatibility issues with other elements.
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