Office XP Service Pack 3 update failed - but I don't have Office XP

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  1. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (19042.906)

    Berton said:
    Microsoft Office is a suite of programs/applications. Office XP is generally the same as Office 2002, don't know why the two designations but maybe because of Windows XP at the time.
    I believe the 2002 is also the version number. Here's my disk...

    Office XP Service Pack 3 update failed - but I don't have Office XP-office-xp.jpg
    Last edited by sygnus21; 16 Dec 2020 at 23:15.
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  2. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Home

    Berton said:
    A bit of history: There was a Microsoft Works then the word processor application part of it was replaced by a version of Word, the new version was called Works Suite, both were discontinued...
    Yep, I used to use the MS Works spreadsheet. It was the only MS office kind of program I used besides Publisher, and of course Notepad for quick notes. I only ever used Word occasionally at work, but never liked it, and never used it at home.

    Anyway... back to the issue of the Office XP SvcPack 3 that doesn't wanna act right. B/c you said you had uninstalled a program that causes conflicts, I went on an uninstall spree... which included both versions of Publisher. Most of the others were just programs I wasn't even using. I went to Windows Update in Settings and that XP SvcPack that had been hung up and waiting was not there - perhaps that update happened during one of the two or three times I rebooted my computer while uninstalling stuff. I Clikked on the "Check for Updates" button and the system now claims that all is well in Uptodateville.

    But I will be reinstalling Publisher...hopefully without issue. I have yet to get used to Apache OpenOffice "Writer." OpenOffice is what I turned to when MS decided to kick MS Works to the curb.

    Thanks, Berton.
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  3. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909

    I've also use OpenOffice [before Apache] and Lotus Symphony but settled on LibreOffice because it can open the old Works files along with quite a few others. I've put LO on a number of clients' computers when they moved away from computers with Works that they had created recipes on [yeah, they were ladies]. Notepad is a plain text editor [useful for programmers as there's not much formatting in it] that comes with Windows along with WordPad that is a 'lite' version of Word, both are in Start, W section, Windows Accessories. WordPad is equivalent to the Write in Windows 3.x, putting write in the Run box brings it up.
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  4. MisterEd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v20H2

    You might try FreeOffice. It reads/write MS office documents. I liked it better that LibreOffice.
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  5. Posts : 5
    Win 10 - 2004

    I've done some small investigation myself on this issue, and this are my findings :

    I got the same error when I tried to install word and excel 2002, after I installed office 2019.
    The windows10 installer asked also for the office sp3 installation.
    Happily, I have this one off-line, and in the correct language. So I installed it manually, and it worked.
    After this upgrade the installer asked for a lot of security updates, but fails to install them.
    He gives the same error as for the sp3 upgrade.
    So, when you somehow can install this upgrade, you're not yet finished.

    Due to problems with the key-board layout in wordXP I removed the office XP package.

    On my laptop, with windows10 (originally win8.1) , I still use office XP. And I didn't install office 2019 on that machine.
    (Personally, I don't like the office 2019 menu structure and the lack of flexibility to adjust it)
    With this configuration, I never got any problem with automatic updates.

    I solved the problems with the key-board in word, by manual assigning the desired combinations.
    Like AltGr for @ , AltGr " for # , AltGr e for , ..

    Therefore, I think that the problem with the installer is due to lack of cooperation between the office 2019 package together with the office XP package. Something interfere with each other.

    When I installed "Microsoft photo Editor" on the machine with office 2019 (see somewhere else on this forum) I got the same problem again.
    I read on this forum (again), that you can exclude updates somewhere in the updater.
    I've done this as work around, and it works like a charm.

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