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How can I get Office 2003 updates and service packs as files, not over-the-web installations?


When you choose Help, Check for Updates in Office 2003 or go to the Office Update site, software on the MS site checks your system and determines what updates you need, then offers to install them for you.

That's convenient some of the time and impossible at other times.

For example, if you're on a slow dialup connection and MS thinks you need a 70mb service pack, you might not live long enough to see the end of the download. Your friend next door has a cable connection and would happily download the files for you ... if only you knew which files they were and where to find them.

Or maybe you've got a fast connection, but you've also got 20 computers to update. 70mb even over a big pipe is still going to take some time. Why can't you download the file once, put it on a network drive or CD and then deploy it to each of your computers?


You can do it. It just takes a few more clicks to get to the right place. Here's what you need to do:

If you have a dialup connection, you want to go to your friend's house at this point. We'll wait.

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How can I get Office 2003 updates and service packs as files, not over-the-web installations?
Last update 07 June, 2011