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I managed to get a parallel install working using the "Server Install GUI"
- all that does is install LO to a folder of your choosing, making sure
that it doesn't conflict with current version of LO you have installed.

On Monday, 25 February 2013, Tom Davies wrote:

Hi :)
My deepest apologise for that!

From where you are now, to recover, you might only need to run the 3.6.5
installer again and choose the repair option.  That should fix it.  This
link is to the 3.6.5 English (US) version

If that doesn't work and you really do need to uninstall either version
3.6.5 first then either of these links should be able to help
When i am actually on a Windows system i am usually somewhat scared to go
to even at work and i'm certain the system is properly
licensed and i can rech the key easily if i need to re-enter it.  On
people's home machines i am never quite sure if the site is going to throw
a curved-ball at me.  The other address just seems rude so normally i
wouldn't click it but it seemed fine.

If/when i recommend installing to a usb stick or other portable device
then it's using the "Portable Apps" version.  NOT the regular download.
Here is the link for the portable apps version
I probably don't make it clear enough though so i can understand why
people might have missed that.  Apparently the portable apps version can
even be installed to Cloud systems so that you can access LibreOffice on
any machine that lets you access your Cloud.  I've not tried that though.

One other problem on Miss Keating's system is that keeping OpenOffice on
your system might cause confusion for your machine.  NeoOffice, Lotus
Symphony, Go-oo, OpenOffice and LibreOffice all have the same core code and
make the same calls to components that have the same names so it can all be
a tad confusing for a system to have more than 1 version of any of those
installed.  That's why some smart people have written the guide for
installing LibreOffice in parallel
Although it only specifically talks about 2 versions of LibreOffice the
same is often true when one of the versions is one of the other forks.

Hopefully one day all mention of soffice will be replaced by  libreoffice
or something.  I just hope they don't go for the name libo because that
could cause some confusion for people familiar with unix-based systems.

Good luck with sorting the mess out!  Please start a new thread about it
and let us know how it goes!
Apols and regards from
Tom :)

From: Miss Keating < <javascript:;>>
To: edo1 < <javascript:;>>
Cc: <javascript:;>
Sent: Monday, 25 February 2013, 5:40
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] LO 3 & 4 on same machine

On 2/24/2013 6:37 PM, edo1 wrote:
I'm currently running LO ver 3 on Vista x64. Before I commit to ver 4
like to run both versions for a while. Will this work if I load ver 4
in a
separate Program Files folder?

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You may wish to take warning from my recent experience. I had LO3.5
happily operational on a Win7 system, but wanted to try 4.0. I downloaded
the files to a USB stick, my j:drive, and installed the programme there. I
seem to remember Tom Davies suggesting that procedure to some other user.
It worked just fine for 4.0, but the installation of 4.0 destroyed3.5 back
on the c: drive. I disconnected the USB stick, which of course then left me
with no working version of LO, and tried to load 3.6.5, only to be told
that a "newer version" had been detected, which must be removed to permit
installation of 3.6.5.

That is of course absurd since there is no LO at all installed on the
machine as long as the USB stick is disconnected. There are remnants, such
as 7 levels of subdirectories, all empty, under a LO3.5 subdirectory in
programs(x86), and several short-cut icons whose "properties" all show them
as inoperative.

I don't know how to remove a program which doesn't exist, so until I can
straighten this business out I am left with only OO, or LO4.0 running from
the stick. Perhaps I have to invoke a "restore point"?

By my lights, it's a very unsavoury practice to have an installer destroy
existing installations without (a) warning you that that's what it's about
to do, and, (b) asking your permission, but that's what happened to me. May
you have better luck, and if you succeed, you might tell us how you did it.



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