Service Pack 3???


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Stephen Blakley

Recently, my computer downloaded Service Pack 3. Then I noticed that
when I go to use a program I purchased (a golf handicap system) that a
window would come up which wanted me to install Microsoft Excel 2003. I
was not able to access this program. HOWEVER, if I access mu 2000
installed Mircosoft Excel, I have no problem opening spreadsheets.

I did a system restore to before Service Pack 3 was installed and my
golf handicap system is working just fine now.

Can anyone give me some direction or hints? Do I have to update my
Microsoft office (finally?) Seems unfair to me....

Many thanks in Advance.....
 
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Unknown

You should have been updating Microsoft office all along. Another option is
to install the golf handicap program AFTER Sp3.
 
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Thee Chicago Wolf

You should have been updating Microsoft office all along. Another option is
to install the golf handicap program AFTER Sp3.

Have you been to Office Update to make sure all your Office apps are
fully up to date? That's strange for it to ask for something Excel
related when SP3 for XP is installed.

- Thee Chicago Wolf
 
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PA Bear [MS MVP]

Is Excel/Office 2003 SP3 installed?
==========================
WinXP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation
http://msmvps.com/blogs/harrywaldro...requisites-for-a-successful-installation.aspx

Steps to take before you install WinXP SP3
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950717

Free unlimited installation and compatibility support is available for
Windows XP, but only for Service Pack 3 (SP3), until 14 Apr-09. Chat and
e-mail support is available only in the United States and Canada.

.. US:
http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?ln=en-us&prid=11273&gprid=522131

.. CA:
http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?ln=en-ca&prid=11273&gprid=522131

.. UK:
http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?ln=en-gb&prid=11273&gprid=522131

.. AU:
http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?ln=en-au&prid=11273&gprid=522131

.. Other: http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?gprid=1173 | select
Windows XP | select Windows XP Service Pack 3
 
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Stephen Blakley

OK, now I am getting a bit ticked off.....even thought I did a system
restore to a point BEFORE my Service Pack 3 was installed, the computer
automatically reinstalled it after being booted up. (I do have the
automatic updates on, so I can't complain about that).

BUT

Now I cannot open a Power Point file directly from my emails any longer.
The service pack apparently tells the computer to look for a 2003
program, just like in the Excel. I have to save the Power Point file to
my hard drive and then open it in my 2000 version.

In response all of your generous responses to the original post seen
below (and I thank you so much in advance):
1) It cant be just the Golf Handicap Program because it now happens in
Power Point.
2) I guess I could have been updating MS Office all along, but
everything still worked so there was no reason. I guess they are now
FORCING me to do this...but in my opinion, that is just another
Microsoft's way of doing things. It does not leave a good taste in my
mouth.
3) No, Excel 2003 is not installed because I never upgraded it, but as I
type this, I am simultaneously in chat with the people on the site you
provided,
http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?ln=en-us&prid=11273&gprid=522131


I will keep you informed...

Thanks.
 
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PA Bear [MS MVP]

Please start a new thread about this. Keep in mind that users who did NOT
have any problems installing or after installing SP3 (i.e., the majority of
WinXP users) have no reason to post to these newsgroups.

The only prerequisite for SP3 is having WinXP SP1 or WinXP SP2 installed.
You should always keep your drivers, etc., updated anyway.

Support for WinXP SP2 ends in July 2010: After that, you'll need SP3
installed to be offered any further Windows Updates and to qualify for
continuing WinXP Support (which ends 08 April 2014).
 
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PA Bear [MS MVP]

Did I say Office/Excel SP3 should be installed prior to installing WinXP
SP3?? No, I just asked if it was installed.
 
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PA Bear [MS MVP]

Please do not change or edit the subject when replying to your thread,
Stephen.
 
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MedRxman

Mr. Bear...

I as ONE always try to read all details prior to updates, however I believe
that the update product should also check to make sure that the system has
the prerequisites prior to allowing the update to continue.

There has been so many issues with SP3 that I do not think I will update to
SP3 for fear of one of my other programs not working or the possibility of
something not working because of an updated driver needed.

Why fix what ain't broke?

BL
 
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MedRxman

Please show me the link where Office/Excel SP3 should be installed prior to
Windows XP SP3.

Thanks
 
M

MedRxman

why not undo the last restore thus having SP3 installed, then remove SP3 via
add/remove programs?
 
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Thee Chicago Wolf

Yes! But, who is this response for? I haven't had a problem.

That's weird, I was responding to the OP, not you. Not sure what
happened.

- Thee Chicago Wolf
 
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PA Bear [MS MVP]

Why is this any concern of yours?
I feel that if you, a MVP, asked that question it would imply that
Office/Excel SP3 should be installed.
Otherwise, why would you ask that question?

BL
 
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MedRxman

I feel that if you, a MVP, asked that question it would imply that
Office/Excel SP3 should be installed.
Otherwise, why would you ask that question?

BL
 
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