Was there ever a solution for feuding Windows Installer messages when starting Access 2007/2010?


  • The problem is fairly infamous: when Access 2007 and 2010 are on the same system, starting each in turn will result in 10 or 15 seconds of Windows Installer action.

    The two Words actually have the same problem, but MS developed a solution for it (Google "NoReReg").

    In a good amount of searching, I don't see that anyone has cracked the Access problem yet, which is fairly remarkable.

    The problem is even referenced by MS at the end of this article, with no solution, but support articles from MS aren't always the leading edge in hacking around a problem.

    Tuesday, March 06, 2012 5:28 AM


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  • Hi,

    Actually, we do not recommend to run multiple versions of Office as we can see in the support article:

    Also, please make sure no Terminal Services is enabled.

    To run multiple versions of Office in the same machine, we have the following options:

    1. Virtualization
    2. Follow the correct installation order

    For virtualization part, that means we can install the other version of Office in a virtual machine to avoid the problem, and there are three technologies available:

    1. Windows Virtual PC

    1. Remote Desktop Services and Terminal Services

    1. Application Virtualization

    For installation order, please make sure the Office are installed as the following order:


    Installation Order

    Microsoft Office XP


    Microsoft Office 2003


    2007 Office suites and programs


    Microsoft Office 2010 suites and programs (32-bit versions only)


    You must install the earliest version of Office first. For example, if you want to use both Office 2003 and Office 2010 programs on the same computer, install Office 2003 first. You must use this order because of how registry keys, shared programs, file name extensions, and other settings are managed for each version of the Office suites and programs.

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    Jaynet Zhang

    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:26 AM
  • Right, I've been through the article that I mentioned, but given that we do need to have both versions, is there any workaround for the known issue described at the end of the article?  I don't see why only Word should have a workaround for the identical issue.
    Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:31 AM
  • As a workaround, how about Virtualization? I mean install the other version of Access in the virtual machine.

    Max Meng
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, March 08, 2012 7:51 AM