This page covers the details of undertaking an Access installation without removing your current version of Access from your computer.
Keeping Your Old Version Of Access
If you have any intention of continuing to use your old versions of software, you simple must select the Custom Install on the Type of Install Page shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1 - Choose Custom Install If You Want To Keep Old Versions Of Office/Access on your computer
Now I recommend that you select the Advanced Customisation check box as shown in Figure 2. Unless you never backup your whole computer, this option gives you a chance to shave a few megabytes and then a few minutes of the time it takes to fully backup your computer. It also is a useful first review of the features of the software.
Figure 2 - Advanced Customisation Is Possible
Then we get to the remove previous versions of Office page where incredibly we are faced with the default option that will delete the old versions of Office. In figure 3, I illustrate these scary default options and in Figure 4, I show you the way to setup the page so that you can keep the old versions of Access on your computer. Please take care on this page.
Interesting after this page that the wizard also includes the old versions of office when it calculates the amount of space to be consumed by Office. Surprisingly there is no mention of this but I guess that it is yet another attempt to persuade you to dump your old Office software and install the new software. And guess what, the amount of space that Access 2003 takes up on the machine, 360 megabytes. And that is after shaving a few megabytes from the custom install. According to the wizard, my old versions of everything in Office XP and some of Office 97 consumed 170 megabytes of space. Read on...
Once you have completed the installation, all is revealed about why so much disc space has been consumed (as shown in Figure 5). The entire installation setup has been copied to a hidden folder on your computer. This occupies 272 megabytes of space. This will allow you do to installs of Office 2003 without going hunting for the CD-Rom. Obviously this is great little timesaver, especially early in the piece and you should probably leave this on a local drive. Read more at the following address
Before you click the Finish button, remember to select the Check for updates button as there could be some important security patches for Office that you will need to download from the web.
Figure 5 - The final page after the installation is complete