A – Run the SP2 patches for Office 97 first. These are also known as the ‘y2k’ fixes. There are big problems with installing Office 97 on XP SP1/SP2 for core DLL conflicts.
1 – Setup clean system – install XP and SP2 no network
2 – install anti-virus/anti-spyware no network
3 – attach to network load patches
4 – Install Office 97 SR-1
5 – Install Office97 SP2
6 – check and update windows for patches.
7 – should be good
B – spell check will not work for both at the same time.
The incomplete install, spell check conflicts, all are reminders that Office 97 is off life support and every patch, every new program is a chance to lose function.
If the corporate office is ‘stuck’ on 97, then look at OpenOffice as it is ‘Document’ compatible. It works well on XP.