When Microsoft Office issues a service release, two
separate versions of the update are made available. One version is for updating
administrative installation points, and the other is for updating stand-alone
computers. This article describes how to apply an update to an administrative
To apply an administrative update to Microsoft Visio, do not the
follow the instructions in this article. Instead, see the following article:
Visio2002: How to Obtain and Install Visio 2002 Service Release 1
Deploy an Administrative Update
When you deploy an administrative update, Microsoft Windows
Installer performs a re-cache and reinstallation of the original version of
Office. This process replaces the previously cached MSI file and overwrites any
old files with the newer versions. By installing complete files, instead of
patched files, the administrative update can correctly replace any files on the
server that have been modified with Microsoft quick fix engineering (QFE)
All updates are designed to make sure that your features
retain their existing installation states, and that support files, such as
transforms, continue to work as they did before. You can continue to use
existing transforms (MST files) on an updated administrative image to reproduce
the same customizations for new client installations.
Install an Administrative Update from the Command Line
Although a standard update package provides a Setup program with
dialog boxes and other interface support, you must install an administrative
update from the command line. On the command line, you run Windows Installer
and options to specify the path to the updated MSI file and the name of the
updated MSP file.
- The MSI file is the Windows Installer package file from
your original administrative image.
- The MSP file is the Office administrative update file that
contains information about the changes in the update.
The update instructs Windows Installer to add, update, or
remove files in the administrative image. Administrative update files for
Office XP are made available on the Microsoft Office Resource Kit Web
Apply an Update to an Office Administrative Installation Point
- Download the self-extracting executable file for the update
from the Microsoft Office Resource Kit Web site, and then double-click the file
name to extract the MSP file.
- Connect to the server share for your administrative
NOTE: You must have write access to the administrative installation
point on the server and the appropriate permissions to carry out the
- ClickStart, click Run, and then type the command line for Windows Installer with the
appropriate options for your installation.
Use the following syntax:
<start> msiexec /p path\name of update MSP file /a path\name of MSI file SHORTFILENAMES=TRUE /qb /L* path\name of log file If an update contains multiple MSP files, you must run the
command line separately for each MSP file that you apply to the administrative
installation point. You cannot reference multiple MSP files on the same command
Description of the Command-Line Option
- <start> - Required only for Microsoft Windows 98 systems where Msiexec is
not directly in the path.
- Msiexec - Executable file name for Microsoft Windows
- /p - Enables Windows Installer to apply an update to an existing
- path\name of update MSP file - Path and file name of the MSP file for the update.
- /a - Enables Windows Installer to perform an administrative
installation of a product on a network share.
- path\name of MSI file - Path and file name of the Windows Installer package for your
original administrative image.
- SHORTFILENAMES=TRUE - Directs Windows Installer to create all file names and folders
with MS-DOS-compatible file names. Required when you run Windows Installer from
the command line.
- /qb - Sets the user interface to the basic level (simple progress and
- /L* - Turns on logging and sets a path for the log file. The * flag
causes the switch to log all information.
- path\name of log file - Path and file name of the Windows Installer log