I will have to uninstall the older version of office and install a new one, say I want to uninstall 2003 and install 2010 on users machine. How can I proceed with it. Will the users have to wait for an hour to get office back on their machines, half hour for un install and hlf hour for install. Is there a way to install without interrupting the users from using office.

 

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You can directly upgrade to 2010 if your hardware supports it. When you run OCT which is embedded in Office 2010 to customize it, it has an option to upgrade previous versions. Also it gives individual features which can be left to be upgraded like Access 2003 if you do not want to upgrade it.

setup.exe /admin will give you the OCT wizard.

Answered 04/10/2012 by: piyushnasa
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  • This is probably the best answer, but users will have to be out of existing Office programs and it will take about an hour for the uninstall and reinstall to complete if your hardware will support the upgrade. There is a required reboot at the end of the install of Office 2010 after upgrading from Office 2003 or Office 2007.
  • You can suppress the REboot as well with REBOOT=ReallySuppress Property.
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Here is an article that goes over upgrading from 2003 to 2010

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/17342/upgrade-office-2003-to-2010-on-xp-or-run-them-side-by-side/

I did it by using the offscrub03 /clientall following up with the install of Office 2010

Answered 04/19/2012 by: elgoosea
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I'd guess no. There's no way (what I know) to uninstall/install without interrupting users from using Office.

It would at least require a reboot somewhere in the middle where the locked files is replaced.

Depending on what you use to deploy your applications with, there might be some features that allow you to deploy this during non-office hours, which is what I'd go for to avoid interrupts during office hours.

Answered 04/10/2012 by: andemats
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Microsfot offers a "fix it" that wipe everything from the install. If you run their MSI it'll extract a VBS to the temp folder. You can copy the VBS and use that to uninstall. There's one for each version.

Answered 04/10/2012 by: dchristian
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Firstly, you'll need to check your machines hardware requirements if it's possible for them to run Office 2010 as CPU & RAM requirements approx. doubled between 2003-2007-2010. Why not just do an upgrade from 2003 - 2010? 

Answered 04/10/2012 by: Aaron Cool
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