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Installing Outlook 2003
Office 2003 requires Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or higher or Windows XP or later
operating system. Although Outlook will install on an older computer with a CPU of at
least a Pentium 133 and as little as 64MB of RAM, it will be very slow.
You'll have a much better experience if you install Outlook on a computer with a Pentium
III 400 or greater CPU and at least 256MB of RAM. (Adding more memory is usually
cheaper than getting a new computer, although not nearly as fun. Memory is also easy
enough to install that you can do it yourself.)
You'll need at least 245MB of free hard disk space on your computer, with at least
115MB free on the same disk that Windows is installed on.
Before installing Office 2003, create a system restore point in
After accepting the licensing agreement in the Installation Wizard dialog, you have three
• Complete Install— All features are installed for each application. This is the best
choice if you are installing Office or Outlook on a laptop and travel a lot. All
features are installed and you don't need the CD to install them later. This choice is
the most convenient, if you have plenty of free space on your hard drive.
• Minimal Install— Only the basic features are installed. Many features are installed
on first run and you might need the CD to install the features you need. Choose
this option if you don't have a lot of free hard drive space.
• Custom Install— Choose the features you want to install (see Figure A.1).
Figure A.1. Use the Custom Install option so that you can choose the
applications and features you want to install. The options installed with a
minimal install are selected when you choose Custom.
- To show you the options you can choose from, we're going to choose
The next screen lists the Office applications and includes a check box for Choose
Advanced Customization of Applications (see Figure A.2). Add a check to this option to
see the installation options for a minimal installation and to add options. Uncheck any
applications you don't want installed and choose Next.
Figure A.2. Click on the features you want to install to access the installation
options. Your options are Run from My Computer, Run All from My Computer,
Installed on First Use, and Not Available.
- When you aren't sure what a feature does, select it and look in the Description field
(shown in Figure A.2), where you'll see a short description of each feature.
The wizard displays the list of applications from which you can choose.
The icons indicate what the installation settings are.
• White drive icon— The feature (or features included on submenus) will be
• Gray drive icon— Some features listed on the submenus will be installed, but not
• Yellow number 1— The item will be installed the first time you need the feature
(Run on First Use).
• Red X— This item or group of items is not going to be installed and will not be
Install all options available for Outlook by clicking on the Microsoft Outlook for
Windows item and choose Run All from My Computer. The dialog shows you how much
space the selected options require; installing all of Outlook's options requires a grand
total of 4MB additional disk space. However, the default selections are suitable for most
- users, with the exception that you may want to install Collaboration Data Objects (CDO)
or set it to First Run; by default, it's unavailable.
CDO is used by many third-party applications to access information in your mailbox.
When it's set to first run, Outlook warns you when an application needs CDO and you
have to provide the installation CD at that time.
Browse the Office Shared Features and Office Tools sections and choose the features you
need. Installing all the Office shared features requires nearly 200MB of disk space, and
installing all the Office Tools requires about 30MB.
Choose Next after selecting all the options you want to install. Choose Install from the
review dialog when you're ready to begin installing Office or choose Back if you want to
make changes to your installation.
Sit back and have a cup of tea while you wait for the installation to complete. It can take
30 minutes or more to complete the installation if you have an older, slow computer.
After Office is installed, the final screen offers to check for updates online and remove
cached installation files. If you have Internet connectivity, you should enable the Check
the Web for Updates and Additional Downloads check box to check the Office update
site for updates.
Check for updates at any time by choosing Help, Check for updates
while using any Office program.
If you have plenty of free space on your hard drive, you should leave the cached
installation files installed. These files are used when you need to install a Use on First
Run feature or when you need to repair the installation. The cached installation files are
stored in the MSOCache folder on your hard drive. If you have more than one drive,
these files are placed on the drive with the most free space.
Choose Finish to close the wizard and begin using Outlook.
You don't have to reboot after completing the installation, but it's good practice to reboot
at your earliest convenience.
That's all there is to it. Office is installed and Outlook is ready for you to configure your
profile. See Hour 2 to learn how to setup an Outlook profile.
The first time any Office program is used, you'll be reminded that you need to activate it.
- Activation is an anti-piracy measure to prevent users from installing their copy on more
computers than the EULA permits. Office 2003 includes a 50-use grace period before
activation is required. If you don't activate after that period expires, the programs drop
into reduced functionality mode and you can read documents but not edit, save, or send
I recommend waiting until you have used Office about 40 times before activating to
ensure that it works correctly and doesn't need to be reinstalled.
While you are activating your copy, you'll have a chance to register your copy with
Microsoft. It's up to you if you want to register it. If you choose to, you'll need to give
them your name and address during registration.
Microsoft stores the activation information for Office in a hidden file:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft OFFICE\DATA\opa11.dat. Make a copy of this file and restore it if you
need to reinstall Office. This file is tied to the computer hardware and
the installation key (CD key) used to install Office. You can't use this
file to activate Office on another computer.
If you need to reinstall or have other problems, you'll be able to activate
Office after installing it by placing a copy of this file back in the folder
without completing the Activation Wizard. If you replace several pieces
of your computer hardware or use a different installation key, you'll
have to reactivate.
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