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    MS Office 2003 SP2 (2003)

    Service Pack 2 just got released via Microsoft Update. Seems to work OK, but it might be advisable to make a Restore Point before installing it.

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    Re: MS Office 2003 SP2 (2003)

    It would be wise to download the large file if you have ANY of the other MS programs that are or were in the Office Family. I needed to insert my CD for FrontPage 2003 since I downloaded the smaller file.

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    Re: MS Office 2003 SP2 (2003)

    Thanks, for me the Microsoft Update site offered a 47.6MB download for Office 2003 SP2 and a further 30.7MB for OneNote 2003 SP2

    The full download is available from Office 2003 Service Pack 2 (104293 KB)

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    Re: MS Office 2003 SP2 (2003)

    I downloaded the full 100+Mb file, but MS Update is telling me it wants to install its own download. How do I find the file that MS Update downloaded and how do I kill the Taskbar prompt that will keep asking me to install it?

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    Re: MS Office 2003 SP2 (2003)

    Have you installed the 100+Mb update? I have, and MS Update is not prompting me to install the smaller update. It did prompt me this morning however, informing me that new updates were available. When I went to the MS Update site, the only thing that was listed was a new Junk Mail Filter for Outlook. Perhaps that is what your prompt is about as well.

    To avoid this confusion in the future, I would suggest that you set your Automatic Updates to "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them". This way, you will receive notification and then you can manually connect to the Update site and choose which updates you wish to download and install.
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    Re: MS Office 2003 SP2 (2003)

    No, I have not installed it yet, but I'm about to. I presumably now have two update patches on my system, and I wanted to know where the automatic update stored its files so that I could delete them.

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    Re: MS Office 2003 SP2 (2003)

    I'm not sure where the automatically downloaded patch is located. Perhaps someone else can jump in on this. I'm not sure, but there is a possibility that even if you do find and delete this file, you may still receive the prompts to install it. There may be a registry entry somewhere that triggers this prompt until the patch is actually installed. You can, if you wish, go ahead and install the smaller patch instead of the larger one. This patch will install all of the necessary files that are required on your system. The only difference (as Dave pointed out) is that you may be prompted for an installation CD if you have installed any additional MS Office programs.
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    Re: MS Office 2003 SP2 (2003)

    If you just go ahead and install the larger file (the 100 + MB one), you won't get prompted again. You also need to reboot and restart Office. As one of the other posters mentioned, you might want to have MS Update just notify you that updates are available. You can always tell it to hide any updates you don't need or want.

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    Re: MS Office 2003 SP2 (2003)

    For me, it was just the opposite. I donwloaded the 100MB update & it wouldn't install, saying it couldn't find some cab file. I clicked on the automatic updates (which I've set to notify only) & was able to download & update without any prompts. ]shrug[

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    Re: MS Office 2003 SP2 (2003)

    OFFICE Watch Vol 10 No 35 contains information that could be useful for those who are about to install the service pack. It details problems that some people are having installing the service pack.

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    Re: MS Office 2003 SP2 (2003)

    Phil,
    Were you by chance running Office 2003 AND FrontPage 2002 when you tried to install the 100MB update? Woody seems to have found the glitch (approx. half way down the page - 2nd & 3rd articles from October 4).
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    Re: MS Office 2003 SP2 (2003)

    Hi John:
    Thanks, but no, I don't have Front Page 2002; I have 2003. I'm not quite sure what happened, but it did update using the automatic update. Funny, when I updated previously (the first service pack), Word still updated {Numpage} fields one at a time, something SP 1 was supposed to cure. After applying this service pack, I no longer have that problem. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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