I have 4 partitions and Office XP Pro on "E." I got Office 2003 Beta 2 because I've heard it's pretty bug free and I want to
try out some of its features, including One Note after friends said they were happy with it. I plan to put it on another
partition, but I'm worried about the same applications from two different versions of Office on one hard drive. I saw
Woody's discussions in the last three weeks in WOW (Mixing Office Versions Take 2 9 April 2003 and Tip: Mixing Office
Versions 2 April 2003). There are a couple KB's I noticed:
290576 OFFXP: Running Multiple Versions of Microsoft Office and 274289 Word 2002: Cannot Start Other Word When Multiple
Versions are Installed.
There is a simple enough work around in the second KB to get the other Word started, but I don't know about duplicate
versions of all the components, mixed with XML, One Note, and Info Path in the same equation.
Can someone give
me advice on the 'best practices' way--it might be don't--to use them both on one NTFS partitioned hard drive? Are there any
down sides? Can I do it safely without getting another hard drive? People frequently dual or multiboot OS's of course, but
I'm not sure in the cases of Office XP Pro and Office 2003.