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Multiple versions of same program installed

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#1 skittleys


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Posted 05 December 2009 - 01:55 AM

When I open up Add/Remove Programs, or even if I use Revo Uninstaller, I find that I have multiple versions of the same program installed. It's not *exactly* the same, it just seems that an older version wasn't uninstalled when the newer one was. I have read this tutorial on what to do when you didn't properly uninstall something and have "leftovers", but I'm not sure that that applies in this case. When I tried googling, I found something about why you might have multiple versions of Java installed, and that made sense, but these ones don't.

The most annoying examples are:
Microsoft Office Home & Student 2007 Trial & Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 (something to do with it being a different suite?!)
Spybot - Search & Destroy & Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.4 (that first one is version 1.6.2, so it's newer)

What I basically want to know is if I can uninstall the earlier version without it turning around and uninstalling the whole thing (especially w/ Office, as I definitely need it but that damned trial is taking up almost 800MB!!), and I want to know why this happens in the first place so I can prevent it from occurring in the future!

Then there's the gamut of Microsoft .NET Framework programs: 1.0 Hotfix, 1.1, 2.0 service pack 2, 3.0 service pack 2, 3.5SP1. Do I need any of those other than 3.5SP1 (and maybe that hotfix because it was apparently only just installed)?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

P.S. I posted in the win xp forum because I had no idea where this post belonged and that tutorial suggests that it's a Windows thing..........

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#2 Romeo29


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Posted 05 December 2009 - 06:10 AM

Some programs may detect older versions installed and ask you or automatically remove the older version before installing. But other programs do not act this way. So a better approach is when you install a new software you should check and uninstall older or different versions first. You can always go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs and uninstall the older un-needed versions.

You can uninstall the trial version of Office Student. If that changes some file opening or association behavior, then you can perform a repair install of Office Enterprise.

You need all .NET versions because you never know which software is using which version of .NET. So keep all the versions and the security fixes. Hotfixes are needed to protect you from known vulnerabilities, so do not uninstall them.

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 08:03 AM

Use Open Office instead, does everything MS Office does and it's free. http://download.openoffice.org/other.html#en-US
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