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  • Hi

    One of my friends says Yes. He says "only" Outlook has troubles with two versions on same PC.

    But get this message now on a customers computer:

    "Error accessing the system registry, Office Shared [vblr6.chm1032796]

    Hi there! You have landed on one of our F1 Help redirector pages. Please select the topic you were looking for below.

    Error accessing the system registry"


    Best // Peter Forss Stockholm and Sigtuna GMT +1.00

    Monday, January 23, 2017 2:01 PM

Answers

  • No, a side-by-side installation of multiple Office versions is not supported by Microsoft.

    Paul ~~~~ Microsoft MVP (Visual Basic)

    Monday, January 23, 2017 2:18 PM
  • Yes, you can and I know many developers (including MVPs) that have multiple versions all installed on the same machine.  That said, the preferred/recommended setup is to use virtual machines (VMs) to segregate each installation from one another.

    Daniel Pineault, 2010-2016 Microsoft MVP
    Professional Support: http://www.cardaconsultants.com
    MS Access Tips and Code Samples: http://www.devhut.net


    Monday, January 23, 2017 3:44 PM

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  • No, a side-by-side installation of multiple Office versions is not supported by Microsoft.

    Paul ~~~~ Microsoft MVP (Visual Basic)

    Monday, January 23, 2017 2:18 PM
  • Yes, you can and I know many developers (including MVPs) that have multiple versions all installed on the same machine.  That said, the preferred/recommended setup is to use virtual machines (VMs) to segregate each installation from one another.

    Daniel Pineault, 2010-2016 Microsoft MVP
    Professional Support: http://www.cardaconsultants.com
    MS Access Tips and Code Samples: http://www.devhut.net


    Monday, January 23, 2017 3:44 PM
  • I kind of operate under the principal of if Microsoft doesn't recommend it then there are probably some issues, and I know there are from my experience with developing Office automation code over the past 20 years, not to mention the infamous installer dialogs that pop-up from time to time.

    But I would agree that the best way to do it would be to use a separate VM.


    Paul ~~~~ Microsoft MVP (Visual Basic)

    Monday, January 23, 2017 5:29 PM
  • I currently vote No.  In the old days it seems one could - and I did - as I recall there was some dependency on the order they were installed.  But today it is just way too messy that attempting it is a productivity drain.  It really is an Office question, and not just Access per se. 

    I keep every version going back to 2007 - my rule of thumb is 10 years max.  Windows PCs are so cheap - particularly used ones - that I don't even bother with VM... I just install each on a separate machine so I can develop in my client's version. 

    Monday, January 23, 2017 6:37 PM
  • Oracle Virtual Box is free.  No need for things to be expensive.  The only thing you need to pay for is the windows and office licenses as required (same as with any PC).

    If you want a paid one, VMware is excellent.


    Daniel Pineault, 2010-2016 Microsoft MVP Professional Support: http://www.cardaconsultants.com MS Access Tips and Code Samples: http://www.devhut.net

    Monday, January 23, 2017 6:45 PM
  • No. Only one version
    Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:17 PM