I need to reinstall Windows XP on a PC, but would like to keep Microsoft Office 2003 that is already installed, complete with the all the settings, styles and templates that are currently set up on Office.
ALOT of time was spent creating paragraph styles for various medical documents, and whilst they could be recreated on a clean install of Office, that would take weeks to do, and the specialist that uses the PC doesn't have the time to do so. Normally, I just back up the data, format the drive, install a fresh copy of Windows, then reinstall Office, and away you go. For the vast majority of users, the styles included with Word are sufficent, but this user has 100+ paragraph styles that he has created over a period of 3 years.
The purpose of the Windows re-install is to remove ALOT of rubbish that has built up over the years, returning Windows to the "new" clean version will remove all the startup programs that are unnecessary, remove the traces of Nortons that still tie up system resources, and all the other rubbish, etc etc.
I could use the repair windows function, but I have never trusted that to remove ALL the rubbish from the startup, and I am unsure if after repairing Windows would you still need to reinstall Office anyway?
Can anybody out there give me some advice on a way to keep the current install of Office intact after a Windows reinstall, or alternatively, a way to copy all the styles, templates etc to a safe place, then reload them onto the new install of Office if that is the simpler way to go.
Thank you for your advice in advance.
Edited by PCHH, 13 November 2008 - 08:26 PM.