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    Office Update Woes (Various)

    Today, like many I suppose, I received notice from MS that several updates were ready to install. Being the "trust but verify" type. I NEVER set Windows Update to automatically install, only to download and notify me. Today is a perfect example why.

    My PC is brand new - and very old. I got it in 1993 from the Gateway factory. Since then, it has been upgraded several times and through several migrations; through several motherboards, CPUs, power supplies, and cases; DOS6.22/Windows3.11 up through XPP; MS Word 2.0 through Office 2003. The only thing that is original is the Gateway 3.5 inch floppy drive (revolutionary at the time!), that will keep migrating until it dies - for sentimental sake! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Oh, and my "My Documents" folder (and all subs) and my Outlook .pst file migrates too. As do most of the applications, which I keep on separate drive(s) from the boot drive - currently on a RAID1.

    Obviously, traces of earlier versions remain after upgrades as today, WU, after scanning my system, sent notice of the following updates:

    <UL>Security Update for Excel 2002 (KB905755)
    Security Update for Excel 2003 (KB905756)

    Security Update for Outlook 2002 (KB905649)
    Update for Outlook 2003 (KB913807)[/list]The "Details" is usually generic - along the lines of "A security vulnerability exists in Microsoft [insert Office product name here] that could allow arbitrary code to run when opening a malicious document. This update addresses that vulnerability."

    Following the "More Information" link to the actual KB would lead you to believe you need it.

    The software makers would have us believe that updates never go bad - we all know that to be false. It sure seems to me that installing an update for Ver 2 of a particular product when you have already upgraded a couple times to Ver 4 could be asking for trouble.

    In the past, when upgrades for multi-versions come in, I have reluctantly installed them, emitting a sigh of relief when all went well. But sometimes I sure feel like I am pushing my luck. I actually do backups of all my critical data regularly, so I could recover fairly easy - but having to spend my time restoring a system is never something I look forward to.

    I am sure I am not the only one with a "new but old" PC. What do you do?
    Bill (AFE7Ret)
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    Re: Office Update Woes (Various)

    Personally, I always have a look at AskWoody in these kinds of circumstances. (He also keeps a dedicated Patch Watch page on that site.) HTH
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    Re: Office Update Woes (Various)

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    My PC is brand new - and very old. I got it in 1993 from the Gateway factory. Since then, it has been upgraded several times and through several migrations; through several motherboards, CPUs, power supplies, and cases; DOS6.22/Windows3.11 up through XPP; MS Word 2.0 through Office 2003. The only thing that is original is the Gateway 3.5 inch floppy drive (revolutionary at the time!), that will keep migrating until it dies - for sentimental sake! grin Oh, and my <hr>

    This ax has been around since the Revolutionary War. It's had four new handles and the head has been replaced three times, but it's the same ax! <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Office Update Woes (Various)

    And I bet it still chops wood too! And probably with fewer swings with that fiberglass handle, and precision ground edge! lol

    Now where's my hydraulic splitter?
    Bill (AFE7Ret)
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