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Article ID: 307841 - Last Review: December 4, 2007 - Revision: 2.6

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SUMMARY

This article describes how to obtain the latest Microsoft Office XP service pack.

INTRODUCTION

Office XP service packs provide the latest updates to Office XP. Service packs contain security enhancements and improvements in stability and performance. Additionally, service packs include fixes that have been released previously in separate updates.

This article describes the methods that you can use to obtain the latest Office XP service pack.

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Methods for obtaining the latest Office XP service pack

This following is a list of methods that you can use to obtain the latest Office XP service pack:
  • Microsoft Update (recommended) or Office Update
  • Microsoft Download Center
  • CD-ROM

from Microsoft Update (recommended) or from Office Update

We recommend the following methods if you have access to the Internet on the computer that you want to update. The Microsoft Update and the Office Update Web sites prompt you to automatically install the appropriate Office XP service pack for the computer.
  • Microsoft Update (recommended)

    To obtain the latest Office XP service pack from Microsoft Office Update, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
    http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate (http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate)
    Note If you experience issues when you install the latest Office XP service pack from Microsoft Office Update, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
    http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/troubleshoot.aspx (http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/troubleshoot.aspx)
  • Office Update

    To obtain the latest Office XP service pack from Office Update, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/FX101321101033.aspx (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/FX101321101033.aspx)
    Note If you experience issues when you install the latest Office XP service pack from Microsoft Update, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    304498   (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304498/ ) How to troubleshoot failures updating your Office installation from the Office Update Web site

from the Microsoft Download Center

We recommend this method when you want to download the service pack but not install it immediately. Use this method when you want to download the service pack and then transfer the service pack to a computer that is not connected to the Intranet or to a computer that has a show Internet connection.

on a CD-ROM

To obtain the latest Office XP service pack on a CD-ROM, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/office/orkarchive/oxpsp3cd.htm (http://www.microsoft.com/office/orkarchive/oxpsp3cd.htm)

How to obtain more information about the latest Office XP service pack

The following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles describe how to obtain a list of issues that are fixed by the latest Office XP service pack. Additionally, the articles contain information about the known issues with the latest Office XP service pack.
  • Office XP SP3 - Release date: March 9, 2004 For more information about Office XP SP3, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    832671   (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/832671/ ) Description of Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3
  • Office XP SP2 - Release date: August 20, 2002 For more information about Office XP SP2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    325671  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325671/ ) Description of Office XP Service Pack 2 (S)
  • Office XP SP1 - Release date: December 13, 2001 For more information about Office XP SP1, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    307843   (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307843/ ) Description of the Office XP Service Pack 1

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office XP Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Office XP Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Office XP Professional with FrontPage
  • Microsoft Office XP Standard Edition
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