Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 3 (SP3) provides the latest updates to Office Compatibility Pack. These updates include two main categories of fixes:
- Previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this service pack. In addition to general product fixes, this includes improvements in stability, performance, and security.
- All the public updates, security updates, cumulative updates, and hotfixes that were released through August 2011.
Because Office service packs are cumulative, you do not have to install Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 before you install Service Pack 3. Service Pack 3 includes all fixes which were included in Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2.
How to obtain and install the service packsMethod 1: Microsoft Update (recommended)
To download the service pack from Microsoft Update, visit the following Microsoft website: Microsoft Update
Enrolling in Microsoft Update is the recommended way to update products to SP3. Microsoft Update will detect which products that you have installed, and then apply all updates to the products.Method 2: Download the SP3 package from Microsoft Download Center
The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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Known issues and behavior changes
Known issues that you may experience when you install the 2007 Office suite SP3 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP3
You may also encounter the following issues when you try to install this update:
- The update installation fails.
- The system keeps reminding you to install this update although you already installed it.
- The desktop does not load.
If you encounter one if the issues mentioned above, you may try the following methods.
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Technical details about the 2007 Office system SP3 releases
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack SP3 does not add support for the following OpenDocument Format file types:
- ODT (Text)
- ODS (Spreadsheet)
- ODP (Presentation)
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Service pack removal
Description of Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 2
2007 Microsoft Office Service Pack 3 supports removal of client updates by using both the command line and the Microsoft Service Pack Uninstall Tool for the 2007 Microsoft Office suite. The Service Pack Uninstall Tool is available as a separate download. For more information about this tool, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:954914
Microsoft Service Pack Uninstall Tool for the 2007 Microsoft Office suite