Hi,

I'm trying to upgrade outlook 2000 to outlook 2003 via group policy.
I've:

- Created OUTLS11.MSI, which works perfectly.

- Created a .mst file which uninstalls outlook 2000 and installs 2003, tested by running from the run box, again works fine.

- Added a GPO to the OU,Assigned the msi to install at logon with basic user interface using the .mst file mentioned above.

The install via gpo seems to go ok,but it doesn't remove the old version of outlook 2000.When I try to enter the customise menu I am asked for the office 2000 installation cd or the msi.Some users are asked for the office 2000 install location when outlook starts.I assume this is because outlook 2000 is still installed.

Thanks very much for any help.
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Was your initial installation a "per machine" install? Maybe part of your SOE build?

Are you assigning the new package to the user or the machine?
Answered 02/23/2005 by: WiseUser
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I think the original install was from an installation point of office 2000, which still exists on our network now.

I chose advanced and assigned the package to the user with a transform.
Answered 02/24/2005 by: babaton
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Ah, I just found this - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;821870

It talks about a remove previous versions checkbox being missing from the group policy advanced tab.

Indeed I have no such checkbox.

Further down it says Windows will only remove software if "The previous or existing installation was not installed by Group Policy-based Software Installation"


Then again my office 2000 wasn't installed via group policy but from an install point, but maybe that doesn't make any difference.

Hmm...
Answered 02/24/2005 by: babaton
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I think you should assign it to the machine.
Answered 02/24/2005 by: WiseUser
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yep that seems to have done it, works assigned to the computer
Strange though, when I assign to the computer I only get the choice to "auto install by file extension activation"

I thought this meant that if say i was upgrading word, the install would run when I opened a doc.

However my outlook 2003 ran on boot once i'd added the computer to the relevant OU.
The other pain is I now have to work out which users are on which machines.

But hey ho it works pretty well, cheers.
Answered 02/25/2005 by: babaton
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You'd probably have to uninstall the old version first in order to install the new version on a per user basis.

Do you not intend to upgrade all copies then?

Anyway, I'm glad you've got a fix.

PS: ratings have been switched on recently, so feel free.
Answered 02/25/2005 by: WiseUser
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Everyone will get the upgrade, but we're doing a dept at a time.

Its no problem to assign to machine really.

Thanks again.
Answered 02/25/2005 by: babaton
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That's it!!!

I'm starting "blacklist" of people who thank me for my help, but don't rate my posts![:D]
Answered 02/25/2005 by: WiseUser
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sorry, wasn't quite sure what you meant at first but there you go, five gold stars.

no thanks this time.
Answered 02/28/2005 by: babaton
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Thanks! I'll take you off my list.[;)]
Answered 02/28/2005 by: WiseUser
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