Things you Need to be Careful about while Installing Multiple Versions of MS Word on a Single Computer

All of you must be familiar with Microsoft Office Word (or MS Word) as a word processor from Microsoft. In fact, MS Word is one of the prominent components of MS Office suite, which not only is used at corporate level, but typical home users use it as well for their personal and professional works. Today, since different versions MS Word (i.e. MS Word 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, and a few earlier versions) are available, people upgrade to a newer version whenever it is available to them.

However, people do have more than one version of MS Word (i.e. multiple versions of MS Office) installed on their computer. It may sound awkward, but yes, it is true that you too may need to install multiple versions of MS Word on your computer. Do you wonder why? Well, suppose you prepare your college assignment on MS Word 2007, which you have to submit to your tutor via email. Likewise, some students may create their assignment on MS Word 2010, whereas one or more may use Office 2003. After all students are done submitting the assignment to the tutor, he must have at least MS Word 2010 installed on his computer so as to open them. This is because a Word document created in a later version (let’s say word 2007) can be opened in an earlier version (let’s say Word 2003) In case he has Word 2003; he will have to install Word 2007 or 2010 as well.

Is it Feasible?
Do you wonder how it is feasible to install multiple versions of MS Word simultaneously on a single computer? Well, even though it is feasible, even Microsoft does not recommend going for it, especially on computers having Terminal Services enabled.

Tip 1: Disable Terminal Services if you need to install multiple versions of MS word (or MS Office) on a single computer.

What should be the Installation Order?
Well, in case you want to go for installing multiple versions of MS Word simultaneously on a single computer, you must follow the following order of installation:

Office 2003 > Office 2007 > Office 2010 >Office 2013

According to the aforementioned order of installation, you need to install earlier version before a later one, as this is the order in which ‘registry keys’, ‘shared programs’, ‘file name extensions’, and other settings are managed for each version of the MS Office and programs.

Tip 2: In case you uninstall one of the Office suites, you will have to reinstall remaining ones to work in an intended way.

Issues with Multiple versions of MS Word
In case you have MS Word 2007 and 2003 installed on your computer, you might have experienced that Word 2007 takes a bit longer time to open. This is because Word 2007 has to auto-register itself on that particular computer. Well, you can increase its launching speed by skipping the so-called auto-registration process. However, you must be careful while doing this, as it may cause Word functioning incorrectly. In this regard, you need to follow the steps discussed underneath:

Tip: By following these steps, you can certainly skip the auto-registration process. However, any glitch during this task may cause failure of registry. Thus, make sure you back up the registry before initiating the steps to modify it.

  • With MS Word Exited, click Start menu and type regedit in the Search box, and then hit the Enter key.
    • (In Windows XP, click Start menu > Run window and proceed.)
  • Type administrator password if you are prompted.
  • In the folder than opens, locate the following registry sub key:
    • “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options”
  • With the registry sub key selected, point to Edit > New > DWORD Value
  • Type NoReReg and hit the Enter key.
  • Now, right click NoReReg and choose Modify.
  • Type 1 in the Value Data box and click OK.
  • Go to File menu and select Exit to end up registry editing.

Windows Installer Message in MS Word
Windows Installer starts automatically when you run MS Word 2007, in case of multiple versions of MS Word are installed on your computer. Besides, a message, stating Windows Installer is preparing also appears before Word 2007 is launched. If you click Cancel, the installer is exited, and Word starts.
Do you know why Windows Installer appears? Well, it appears when the version of Word you launch is not the registered one.


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