I need some advice on this one. What is the best way to upgrade from Access 97 to 2003 (deleting 97 from the box)? The original install of 97 used the CD when the base image was created. Now we are finally moving to Access 2003. The rest of Office 2003 is already installed. We use Wise Pkg Studio as our standard, but I've heard we can't create an MSI for this one.
Thanks in advance for the advice
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Use the original Microsoft tool (Office Resource Kit 2003) for Office installs.
With the CIW (Custom Installation Wizard) you can create your own .MST file to have the installation customized with your settings, licence key and stuff.
On one dialog box you can even define what should happen with older installations (Access 97 in your case). As far as I know the default behaviour is to uninstall older versions so you don't have to do much on this.
Answered 10/04/2005 by: rpfenninger
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You need to remember that Access is not an application. It's a feature of the "Office 2003" Application. You're not "upgrading Access" but rather "Modifying Office to include the Access feature". Dealing with the old Access 97 is easy, there's a screen specifically for that in the Office Custom Installation Wizard. Make your new transform for Office and redistribute office with that transform.
Answered 10/04/2005 by: VikingLoki
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