Paranoia in Redmond has triggered paranoia in my office.
Earlier this year I purchased a new computer and requested that it come with XP Pro SP2 installed.
I reasoned that my copy of MS Office 2000 Small Business Edition which I purchased with my previous, now reduced to parts, Dell computer would serve me just fine. Over time I've grown accustomed to Word 2000 and Excel 2000; I don't use much else from the package. Mozilla SeaMonkey works for me as a browser and tracks contacts for me just fine.
My copy of Secunia PSI RC-3 warned me that I should update my copies of Word, Excel, and Outlook. When I run Help>About in Word it tells me that I have Word 2000 (9.0.3821 SR-1). I used the link on the Secunia report and found myself on the Microsoft Download Page for "Office2000-KB950250-FullFile-ENU.exe" I downloaded it and ran it and was told "The expected version of the product was not found on your system." Is this because I need to run an SP-2 update (and probably some others as well) for the installer to recognize the software?
I got confused as I navigated around the MS website. I even pulled up my socks and opened IE and went to "Office Online" to have MS check my system for updates. I gathered that they wanted me to download an "Office WGA ActiveX" file, but suggested that it was not wise to do it twice. I can't remember if I've done it. I assume there is a WGA ActiveX for the XPPro; it was professionally installed in March 2008.
1) Am I correct that if I installed Office from a Genuine Copy of Office 2000 SBE I probably need to run a whole set of updates to make my software secure?
2) Is it straightforward to find a complete list of the updates I need to install without surrendering access to my machine to Redmond?
3) Can anyone reassure me that my copy of Office is seen as legitimate my Microsoft? I have a product key for it. I no longer recall if I registered it when I installed it on this new machine. I'm pretty sure I did so on the Dell(s) (there were two because one failed so miserably that they eventually gave up and replaced the original Dimension XPS-R with an Optiplex GX200.)