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Office XP Update -- old but valid


Office XP users who still haven't downloaded and installed the last service pack (SP3) still can and should. Like most service packs, it includes security enhancements and other improvements. Now, if you have a resident IT or computer specialist who maintains your system, you probably don’t need to worry about this—they’ll take care of downloading and installing the updates that you need. If you’re on your own, consider downloading all updates automatically.

This update is large (they usually are) and will require about forty minutes or so:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=85AF7BFD-6F69-4289-8BD1-EB966BCDFB5E&displaylang=en

If you haven’t downloaded and installed service packs 1 and 2, don’t worry—service pack 3 includes everything you need. If you don’t know whether you need this update, visit the Office Update site at

http://office.microsoft.com/OfficeUpdate

Most likely, the update’s going to ask you to insert your original Office CD’s, so have those ready before you begin. If you have the CD’s, download the smaller client version. If you don’t have the CD’s, download the full file version.

If you’re still using Access 2002, you may want to download this service pack. Read the following article for more information:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=833857

About

Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

16 comments
Mehul Bhai
Mehul Bhai

MS Office XP Service Pack 3 was released in March 2004. What is the purpose of this Blog now. Are such topics are geting uploaded on Techrepublic nowadays. What has happened to Techrepublic? Its a shame.!!!!!!

ssharkins
ssharkins

There are a lot of casual Office users still using XP and even older versions. This is a fairly new blog and while there's lots of new stuff to cover, I also feel a responsibility to keep users with older versions informed. Yes, it's an old update, but I think it's also the last update, and for that reason, still vitally important. Users with no IT support to protect their systmes don't always know about this stuff -- it's simply information and when covering the large Office audience, it certainly can't hurt.

Why Me Worry?
Why Me Worry?

Your fellow countrymen are flooding this site with stupid two word postings and blatantly asking how to hack/crack passwords, systems, and copyrighted materials. Then we have the other jackasses asking how they can get an H1-B visa to work in the USA when they can't even speak English if their lives depended on it. Perhaps you are the exception to the rest of the Indians who make asses of themselves on this site. One would only hope.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

but I suspect the SP3 is for Office 2003, not XP.

Tig2
Tig2

I am an Office XP user on some machines. While I do a lot in OO.o, I still use Powerpoint a great deal. I had no idea that there was another SP for XP. Great information! I appreciate the links and will be updating. Thanks!

TechExec2
TechExec2

. I thought your post was just fine. I'm quite sure that there are plenty of TR members who don't keep up with their updates. Your post helps to nudge them to update. "MehulBhai" is just being a rude SOB. Some "Monday morning quarterbacking" about the title: Good: "Latest Office Update" is accurate but might draw in experienced people who are put off when they discover the update is 3 years old... (*) Better: "Office XP Update -- old but valid" is certainly better. Best (IMHO): "Be sure to keep current with Microsoft Office updates" is [u]perfect[/u]! :^0 ------------------------------- (*) ...including some cocky Indian IT people who are taking many thousands of IT jobs from Americans as American companies move jobs to India. Just remember Indian friends: You're cheaper, not better. Our wealthy people are just conspiring with your wealthy people to exploit your much cheaper labor...at our worker's expense. The same point applies equally well to European operations moving to India.

Mehul Bhai
Mehul Bhai

Sorry to say that the information is not silly but the timing is silly & CONFUSING to normal users. AND MADAM it was a good and CLEVER strategy to Change the TITLE of your BLOG now. VERY GOOD!!!! But it is still SILLY.

Mehul Bhai
Mehul Bhai

There is no new service pack release for Office 2003 yet. The latest service pack for Office 2003 is SP2.

ssharkins
ssharkins

Thanks so much -- I really appreciate that response -- I'm glad it's reaching the right folks!

ssharkins
ssharkins

MehulBhai's point was valid as the original language did imply "new" and that wasn't my intent. Changing the title and intro sentence certainly makes the post more accurate, and therefore better. The reason I bothered with the post was this: While reviewing the Office Updates at microsoft's site, using "most popular" as my criteria, that update popped up second --which definitely surprised me. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have mentioned it. I'm not bothered by people who find my posts useless; that just comes with the territory. Every post will benefit someone, and some posts will benefit only a few. Occasionally, I'll pass along something that most everyone can use. Thanks for your support. I'm really enjoying this blog. :)

TechExec2
TechExec2

. That's a laugh! You entered this thread being rude, pal. [b][i]"...YOU ARE BECOMING MORE RUDER THAN ME BY TALKING ABOUT INDIANS. I call this RACISM..."[/i][/b] Racism? Surely you jest. Throwing the "racism" accusation is a lazy and dishonest attempt to silence someone who you think is fearful and unsure of himself. Wrong accusation. Wrong guy. I do [u]not[/u] believe that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities. I believe that no race is superior to another and that we are all part of the "human race". And, my own life experience over the decades makes me very confident of that. My talking about IT workers in India has absolutely nothing to do with race at all. This movement of IT jobs from America and Europe to India is about politics and money. Race is irrelevant. That you fail to understand this has nothing to do with your race. It has everything to do with you.

Tig2
Tig2

I am a strong supporter of trying to manage through cultural differences in order to work together productively. However, whether you want to see it or not, there are many in this country who consider Indians part of the problem. They feel disenfranchised and isolated in their own country. TE and WhyMe have only told you what is on the minds of many people. And there is nothing wrong with their doing so. I personally think that the more we are able to share how we are ALL impacted by the global change that has hit, not just the industry but the world, the better off we all are. No one is blaming anyone, no one is accusing anyone. But we are all frustrated. This is an international forum. We will all have different perspectives of both the problems and the potential solutions. We will get there a whole lot faster if we decide to be civil.

Mehul Bhai
Mehul Bhai

I mean to say the same thing as you but I was not RUDE. But YOU ARE BECOMING MORE RUDER THAN ME BY TALKING ABOUT INDIANS. I call this RACISM.

ssharkins
ssharkins

I'm glad you like the changes to the wording -- I didn't mean to imply new, so a change was appropriate. I shared the information because that update ranked second on the Office Updates page with "most popular" as the criteria -- it made me think that a lot of XP users were a bit behind the curve on that one, but I understand that the information isn't valuable to you.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Technically, it IS the latest update. Do you know of a newer one?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

No release date had been announced, so I thought this might be it.

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