Migrating User Pref in Microsoft Office

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  1. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    Ok, hot shot:

    You've got a Windows 2000 system running with Office 2000. I have several user pref changes in Office (from toolbars to clipboards to general pref). I would like to migrate to an new install of 2000 or XP without losing these settings. Where are these settings stored, how do I copy them over (just overwrite or is there an importing function)?

    What do you do?? What do you do?

    Bonus: Is it possible to migrate these settings to office Xp on the new install. Best answer wins a $20 gift certificate for custom cabling from Maskeeper Cables.

    -V
     
  2. Rob Gillespie

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    Office XP includes a 'Keep my settings' feature which lets you do exactly what you're after, but I don't believe it's in Office 2000.

    There may be a third-party app that can do what you want but otheriwse I think you're going to be stuck.
     
  3. Vince Maskeeper

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    Yep, that's where I am so far. I think the normal.dot file has some settings for word, but dunno if it's all of them or if it's all for the office suite.

    I know XP now has an export settings feature, but i have to figure this out for 2000.
     
  4. Rob Gillespie

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    Normal.dot is the just the default document template. It wont keep any user prefs other than margins, page size etc.
     
  5. Keith Outhouse

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    Try looking here, substituting the correct user name.
    C:Documents and SettingsouthokApplication DataMicrosoft
     
  6. John Wilson

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    If your new install of XP is on another computer, you can use the built-in Files and Settings Transfer wizard (FaST) included with XP. Just initiate it from the XP system and use a floppy to start it up on the 2000 system. It "should" transfer your settings/preferences from your Office 2000 to Office XP as well as other settings on other MS applications.

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, please.:b
     
  7. Vince Maskeeper

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    This is for 2 different machines: The 2000 machine is an old laptop, and the XP is the new one.

    I will try to find some info on FaST-- but I'm curious how I woulld "initiate" it from XP and have it look to the 2000 install-- I would assume the FaST engine would e run on the OLD machine first, generates and output file, which the new machine would read--- starting with the new machine, i'm not sure how that would work.

    Any ideas?
     
  8. John Wilson

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    Vince,
    Check out THIS link for some info on FaST. It doesn't specifically say anything about Office files/settings but it does save time migrating to a new system.

    Good Luck.[​IMG] What kind of cables do you make/sell?[​IMG]
     
  9. Vince Maskeeper

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    Well, the edit control is gone, so I'll post again:



    Since this is not present in 2000, I'm guessing I'm SOL.
     
  11. Vince Maskeeper

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    Ah-ha- can be run from XP CD.... Hmmmmm, now I'm onto something.

    -Vince
     
  12. John Wilson

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    Vince,
    The FaST Wizard can be initiated from either computer. In your case, start it up on your XP computer and follow the directions. It will instruct you to create a floppy that can then be run on the old computer to gather up the files and settings. If the computers are networked, that is even better as it will allow you to tranfer directly from one computer to the other rather than collecting all of the data on multiple floppies.

    I'll look for a detailed explanation and email you the link.
     
  13. John Wilson

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    Hey Vince.
    Did you ever get your settings migrated? Curious people want to know![​IMG]
     

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