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    Office 2003 SP 3 (Office 2003 XP2)

    Has anyone download and installed Office XP Service Pack 3 - Microsoft says it is available. If so, are there any concerns I should be aware of, problems/bugs/holes, follow-up mini releases, etc.

    Any insight that anyone can offer is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: Office 2003 SP 3 (Office 2003 XP2)

    Did that in mid-September, completely forgotten - it must have been good.
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    Re: Office 2003 SP 3 (Office 2003 XP2)

    The subject says Office 2003, the body of your question Office XP (=2002). Office 2002 SP3 has been released quite a while ago, so I assume you meant Office 2003.

    There were some initial problems with Access 2003 in SP3, but they have been solved with later updates, so make sure that you install all updates, not just SP3.
    Also read Information about certain file types that are blocked after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3. The is no reason to avoid SP3, but it's good to be aware of it.

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    Re: Office 2003 SP 3 (Office 2003 XP2)

    Yes Hans, I did mean Office 2003 - thanks for the clarifiaction and the heads up on file types.

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    Re: Office 2003 SP 3 (Office 2003 XP2)

    Just checked Office Update and it lists SP3 with a 9/18/07 release date. There are no subsequent releases. Where are the later updates?

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    Re: Office 2003 SP 3 (Office 2003 XP2)

    There is no later release (i.e. no SP4), but there have been updates to various Office 2003 applications during the monthly round of Microsoft updates on the 2nd Tuesday of the month; these updates are offered either through automatic updates or by visiting the Microsoft Update website.

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    Re: Office 2003 SP 3 (Office 2003 XP2)

    MS Update lists only two updates for Office:
    Update for Outlook 2003 (KB938127) and update for Outlook Junk email filter.
    I just installed Office on a clean machine, then installed SP3. Where are those post-SP3 updates hiding?
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    Re: Office 2003 SP 3 (Office 2003 XP2)

    Go to Microsoft Update and select the Custom option. Look at all categories, not just the critical security updates.
    If you don't see more than the ones you mentioned, you should be OK.

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    Re: Office 2003 SP 3 (Office 2003 XP2)

    Did that and I'm OK. I don't want to beat a dead horse but I am curious about the post-SP3 "updates". I looked at the update history in Add/Remove Programs and it lists only SP3 and the two Outlook updates I mentioned above. There are no other updates or hot fixes for Office. Did MS slip them into the SP3 update, but not modify the Sept '07 date?
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    Re: Office 2003 SP 3 (Office 2003 XP2)

    I really don't know if they have been incorporated retroactively into SP3.

    All I know is that I installed SP3 almost immediately after it was released and experienced some of the problems that have been reported with Access 2003 SP3. Early this year I noticed that these problems had disappeared, so I assumed that one of the later updates had fixed the problems. But exactly which update, I don't know.

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    Re: Office 2003 SP 3 (Office 2003 XP2)

    I had forgotten to mention this one: Access 2003 post-Service Pack 3 hotfix package: December 18, 2007 - I think that must be the one that solved most of the problems with SP3.

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