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    Updating Office (Any)

    Something I've been wondering about generally. If I install an Office addin, update etc. from the web, I'm sometimes asked to insert my Office CD - in my case Office Pro 2000 SP-1a. Since installing originally, I now have SP-3. How do I know if older SP-1a components are actually overwriting their newer SP-3 equivalents? I don't get any indication of this from the online MS Office update page, but could it be the case?

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    Re: Updating Office (Any)

    The way it is supposed to work is that service packs and other updates are cached in various hidden folders, the paths to which are stored in the registry. The Windows Installer then looks up the paths and reconciles everything in real time whenever you add a feature. If you deleted the hidden folders to save space, bad things probably happen. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Updating Office (Any)

    Thanks for the bad news <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>. I haven't had anything crook happen so far, but I'll remember your advice for the next (God forbid) reinstall.

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    Re: Updating Office (Any)

    Your question reminds me an old problem with versions of Office from 97 to XP(2002) - when you installed Office from CD and during the update process inserting the same CD when prompted - Office Setup often won't recognize your CD anymore. The workaround is to keep the copy of Office CD on your hard drive (or on the network drive, however in this case Installation Point is better).

    As jscher2000 said, Windows Installer keeps copies of all Office updates (in WindowsInstaller folder) as MSI (Microsoft Installer) and MSP (Microsoft Patch) files - in your case, SR-1 and SP-3 - but under different names. All consequent updates (for example, for Outlook) are saved as well.

    For Office 2003 Microsoft decided to "simplify" that workaround and released Local Installation Source Tool, that suppose to copy Office CD onto your hard drive. But the problem is, it doesn't copy all CAB files from CD but only used by your installation! Another words, if you choose "typical" installation, use LISTool to enable LIS and then decide to install SP-1, you will receive the message "Unable to find...", unless you manually copy all CAB files from CD to MSOCache folder.

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