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    Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Update)

    I have been running Office 2003 Pro since it first became available, and have applied patches as they became available. The other day I went to the Office Update site, and it told me I had 1 update available. Just before clicking INSTALL, I noticed it was the update for Office XP and did not install. I really did click on the "check for updates for Office 2003" (tried it several times, days apart) link, and it scanned my PC, then kept offering me the XP SP3 patch. Any one else have this happen to them? Any suggestions on what to do? I did leave a "comment" on the site (3 times), but of course there was no response.

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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    Did you perhaps upgrade from Office XP?
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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    Yes I did. The thought occurred to me that the scan was finding remnants of XP. But a few months ago (because of another unresolved 2003 problem), I totally uninstalled Office. I then did a new install from my Office 2003 upgrade CD, and just had to insert my Office XP CD for verifivation.

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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    This is not the first time that the site is treating all upgrades from XP as being candidates for an XP patch. It seems that since all your individual apps are 2003 you are not offered patches for individual apps. HTH
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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    Does that mean that SP3 for XP is OK for 2003? I would assume thousands of other 2003 owners are getting the same response that I am. If it is not a valid SP for 2003, would that not royally screw up the Office installaton?

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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    If I were you, I would not install SP3. Given your configuration, the chances of your missing out on a Security fix would seem very small indeed. Woody has some reasoned analysis on SP3 in general in the latest issue of Office Watch. (If you're not a subscriber, follow the W*W link at the foot of this page.) HTH
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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    What other MS products such as FrontPage, Publisher and etc do you have on your machine?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    Actually I read it earlier today, which is what brought this whole issue up for me. Thanks for mentioning though. I've been hoping that MS will come out with a patch that will fix a long standing problem I'm having with Word as the editor and Outlook. Tech support closed my case as "unresolved", and I just keep waiting for a patch that may "accidentally" fix my problem.

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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    I have the latest Publisher. The only "non-current" product is FrontPage. Not home now so I'm not sure of the version, but I bought it about 2 years ago, same time I got Office XP. Otherwise all the MS stuff I have is the latest and "greatest".

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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    If it is the XP version, then this may be the issue <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    Dave's assumption is correct. I currently have an XP (2002) version of Front Page as well as a complete version of 2003 (including Front Page & Publisher). When Office Update sees any evidence of a previous version, and there are updates for that version, it offers the update. I had the same 'problem' when I had Office XP and Access 2000. I have had no problems with applying updates to multiple versions from the Office Update site.
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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    I think you're right, I guess MS gets more money from me.

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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    I hate it to possibly trash my whole 2003 (hearing all the negatives about SP3), because of FrontPage. But I'll probably set a restore point and give it a shot.

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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    It hasn't trashed my system Tom. But if you are really concerned, you can look at this article and then get the Office XP Service Pack 3
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    Re: Office 2003 Update Site (Office 2003 Pro Updat

    Got the Changes file, but the SP download would stall about half way through. With Woody's article today, I suspect a lot of folks are downloading it, I'll wait til later in the night.

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