I just have one simple question, here we go:

Let's say I have a computer installed with Office 2003 from a CD or a network share.

Then I have built an MSI-package which I want to deploy to this computer.

Do I have to uninstall the already installed Office Software and then "re-deploy" using my MSI-package?

The user have (up til now) admin-rights and it is very likely that he has installed a number of updates already which is not in my original MSI.

I have stated in a discussion regarding this scenario that we have to uninstall the office suite in order to avoid future conflicts and some people say it's not necessary... so what is correct?

A LARGE thanks in advance...

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What have you created an MSI package of? Surely not Office 2003?
Answered 06/02/2005 by: WiseUser
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No no... this was maybe a bad example...

Let me refrase, I HAVE an msi on my sms-share which I want to deploy and my computers allready have an installation from a CD...

Do I have to uninstall the manually installed package before deploying or will it work anyhow (the question relates to all software installations we have).


Answered 06/02/2005 by: linda75
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Yes, generally speaking your current installations will have to be removed before installing the package.

There are some vendor provided MSI's that will remove old versions when installed, but typically the software is either removed manually or remotely via script (depending on your method of deployment.)

If you're using SMS (sms-share), you can create an uninstall script and make your new package dependent on that script so that it always runs first.
Answered 06/02/2005 by: Bladerun
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