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This is a normal function of Windows 7/8 and LO. When installing one version higher or lower, it is coded to use a central store in this hidden by default location "C:\Users\<user account name>\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice\4\user\config". So installing two versions will use the same default store and challenge and change this store of the global settings.

This link will show you how to overcome this as I have done with 4.0.42 and running simultaneously in a windows environment The web link supplied explains on how to relocate the global settings into the second version of LO installed so as not to create any conflicts.

Although I have never attempted this with AOO, I am sure a similiar process can be found on their website and done. As per above my LO version global setting are now located as such C:\Applications\LibreOffice 4.1\Data\settings\user\config.



On 24/07/2013 03:26 AM, Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote:

I think Win7 may think LO 4.x is the upgrade to 3.x and decide that to install the newer version it must uninstall the older one. I have noticed that with a lot of packages lately. Win7 deletes any previous versions of the software before the newer one is installed.

To be honest
For most users, they would want that to happen. The "average" user does not want multiple versions of a package installed on a Windows system. So, I would say that Win7 or even Win8, might thing it is a proper thing to do, uninstall old before new is installed to avoid package conflicts or mis-matched DLL files, etc., etc..

On 07/23/2013 09:01 PM, V Stuart Foote wrote:

Not sure how far down the rabbit hole you'd like to go, but the simple truth is that full installs of LibreOffice 3.x and LibreOffice 4.x use identical components of Microsoft Windows registry and system paths and are mutually exclusive.

One can happily run multiple versions of LibreOffice (or a mix of LibreOffice and OpenOffice), but they will not be fully integrated with Microsoft Windows OS--and at any given time only one can be fully integrated with the Windows OS.

Recognizing that this is the normal use case--that is how the LibreOffice installer behaves by default. If you need it to do something else you have to do more than click on the installer. And, fyi, the Apache OpenOffice installer behaves exactly the same, but is less functional in migrating user settings and supporting extensions.


From: Virgil Arrington []
Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 7:52 PM
Subject: [libreoffice-users] LO 4 install deletes 3.6

In an attempt to compare the latest LO and AOO offerings, today I installed both LO 4.0.4 and AOO 4.0 on my Win7 machine.

Until now, I have been happily using LO, having previously tried an earlier release in the LO 4 series.

When I previously installed LO 4, I noticed that it seemed to uninstall my previous version of LO 3.6. After encountering some problems with LO 4, I uninstalled it and reinstalled LO 3.6.

On the prior occasion, I just assumed that, when installing LO 4, I had inadvertently clicked some option to uninstall the old 3.6. So, today, when I installed LO 4, I was very careful to make sure that I did not check any box indicating my desire to uninstall LO

Nevertheless, LO 4 installed and, once again, my installation of LO disappeared.

Does anyone know if this is intentional behavior? It has happened to me now twice, and I’m 90% certain that it was not due to anything I did.

If it is intentional, I find it most offensive. I can’t believe the TDF developers would be so presumptuous as to decide for me that I no longer want LO 3.6 on my system. This is the type of “let us think for you” behavior I would expect from MS, not from a FOSS project.

btw, AOO 4.0 installed quite nicely *next to* AOO 3.4.1, and I am able to run both programs.

Sorry, TDF, but on this one I have to give AOO a +1.

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