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  • How stable will a windows 2003 server be if all the workstation were upgraded to windows 7-64 bit? On top of that ,what if all the workstation were using office 2003 and not office 2007 or 2010? Will there be connection issues? In addition, how stable will office 2003 run on windows 7?
    Thursday, April 8, 2010 1:31 AM

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  • There is no relationship between running a 64-bit OS on a workstation and runnign Windows Sever 2003.  So there is nothing to worry about there.

    You can run Office 2003, 2007, or 2010 just fine on Windows 7.  There will be no difference in stability. 

    If you decide to go with Office 2010, you will have the choice of running Office 2010 32-bit or 64-bit.  Both 32-bit and 64-bit will work fine on Windows 7 64-bit, but you can't install 64-bit Office on 32-bit Windows.

    Also, if you are going to use Office 2010 64-bit, be aware that you may be using add-ins or other plug-ins that don't yet have 64-bit versions.  The Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT) is a free tool you can use to help with this.  "OEAT is designed to help you determine the kinds of add-ins and the extent to which add-ins for Microsoft Office applications are used in your environment."  This will help find the addins that are out there, and let you then contact the vendors to see if they have 64-bit versions available.  Here's where you can get the OEAT: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee683865(office.14).aspx

    The only real reason to go 64-bit Office are if you are doing some serious number-crunching in Excel.  Personally, I've also seen an improvement in start-up time of Outlook 2010 64-bit (I have a VERY large mailbox).  Other than that, we think most people will stick with 32-bit.  There will be no price difference between the two.

    Hope this helps,

    Kevin


    Kevin Remde US IT Evangelism - Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Sunday, April 11, 2010 1:17 PM
    • Edited by Kevin Remde Sunday, April 11, 2010 1:26 PM added details
    Sunday, April 11, 2010 1:17 PM

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  • There is no relationship between running a 64-bit OS on a workstation and runnign Windows Sever 2003.  So there is nothing to worry about there.

    You can run Office 2003, 2007, or 2010 just fine on Windows 7.  There will be no difference in stability. 

    If you decide to go with Office 2010, you will have the choice of running Office 2010 32-bit or 64-bit.  Both 32-bit and 64-bit will work fine on Windows 7 64-bit, but you can't install 64-bit Office on 32-bit Windows.

    Also, if you are going to use Office 2010 64-bit, be aware that you may be using add-ins or other plug-ins that don't yet have 64-bit versions.  The Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT) is a free tool you can use to help with this.  "OEAT is designed to help you determine the kinds of add-ins and the extent to which add-ins for Microsoft Office applications are used in your environment."  This will help find the addins that are out there, and let you then contact the vendors to see if they have 64-bit versions available.  Here's where you can get the OEAT: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee683865(office.14).aspx

    The only real reason to go 64-bit Office are if you are doing some serious number-crunching in Excel.  Personally, I've also seen an improvement in start-up time of Outlook 2010 64-bit (I have a VERY large mailbox).  Other than that, we think most people will stick with 32-bit.  There will be no price difference between the two.

    Hope this helps,

    Kevin


    Kevin Remde US IT Evangelism - Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Sunday, April 11, 2010 1:17 PM
    • Edited by Kevin Remde Sunday, April 11, 2010 1:26 PM added details
    Sunday, April 11, 2010 1:17 PM
  • Thank you Kevin for your comment. Have you heard if anyone has had any issues or problems doing this? I know the company I am working for is talking about doing a complete upgrade to the server because of these but I am trying to convience themthey dont have to. On the other hand they might not doing anything because they think they have to do an upgrade and they dont have the budget for it. This whole thing has started because we wanted to run a 64 bit software on window 7-64 bit. I think the best way to learn if every thing will work fine is to use a test workstaion. We would install the 64 bit software with window 7-64 bit, uninstall office that comes with it and install Office 2003. Then place that workstation on the network. Hopefully outlook will work fine without any issues. So where I can I find more information such videos, webast or articles about Office 2003 and Windows 7?
    Monday, April 12, 2010 3:24 AM
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