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    I have 300 users at office xp level and need to upgrade them to office 2003, i have read a lot about "slipstreaming" but have not quite found out a definition of what it is or if it would do what i need to do.

    i have played around with ORK a little bit, is this slipstreaming?

    is there a definition of what slipstreaming is and would that be the best way to upgrade the users

    Regards

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    Re: upgrading office xp to 2003

    slipstreaming refers to adding service packs and patches to an office install cd.
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    • #3
      Re: upgrading office xp to 2003

      A serious look at Office 2007 may be needed.

      Office 2003 Life Cycle http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=2488

      Office XP Life Cycle http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=2533

      Office 2007 Life Cycle http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=8753

      Office 2007 is the more cost effective option at this point in time.
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        Re: upgrading office xp to 2003

        Originally posted by Richie View Post
        is there a definition of what slipstreaming is and would that be the best way to upgrade the users
        Was Office XP installed manually or via Group Policy? The easiest way would be to deploy the new version of Office using Group Policy. However, if Office XP wasn't installed via Group Policy, I don't know if a GP installation of Office 2003/2007 will overwrite it, which could be problematic. See: http://groups.google.com/group/micro...6d9f0506b19556

        You may have to deploy Office 2003/2007 over the network, and instruct the users to remove Office XP with Add/Remove Programs. Here are some other links to help you:

        http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office....mspx?mfr=true

        http://www.windowsnetworking.com/art...lications.html
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        • #5
          Re: upgrading office xp to 2003

          I was able to upgrade to office 2003 via GP, even though previously office XP was installed manually.
          I have used Microsoft Office 2003 Custom Installation Wizard to create an MST file with all of the settings that I needed ( product key, exchange server name, outlook settings etc.) and then addded to transforms along with the Office 2003 MSI file.
          The only mistake I made, was that I did the exact same thing for the remote laptop users and I shoud've deployed the installation files locally to their machines instead of pointing to the network share. I have had some issues where users are not connected to the LAN and need to add some features let's say in word app, and not able to.
          You of course need to test the installation prior to deploying to your production environment.
          Regards,
          John

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