Description of the behavior changes that occur after you install post-Office 2003 Service Pack 3 updates

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INTRODUCTION

Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) contains changes to the behavior of Office. These changes are contained in post-Service Pack 3 security updates and hotfixes.

This means that if you are using Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2 and if you install a security update that was released after Office 2003 SP3, these changes will be applied to your installation of Office for the program that is updated.

For information about which programs or files are updated, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/default.mspx
This article describes the behavior changes that occur after you install post-SP3 updates to certain files and programs.

MORE INFORMATION

The following lists describe the changes that you will see if you install post-SP3 updates to certain files and programs.

Mso.dll

If you install an update to the Mso.dll file, you will see the following behavior changes:
  • You can now configure Office 2003 to enable or to deny specific COM components.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938815 How to enable or to disable the instantiation point of a specific COM category in an Office 2003 Service Pack 3 program
  • Some COM components that have unusual characteristics may not function as expected.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938814 The functionality of an add-in, an ActiveX control, or a COM add-in is reduced, or the functionality is blocked after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3
  • Changes have been made to the behavior of Microsoft Office Document Imaging.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938813 You may experience issues when you run the Microsoft Office Document Imaging program after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3
  • Documents that are saved in certain formats no longer contain the version number of Office.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938807 Office files that are saved in certain formats no longer contain the version number of Office after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

Microsoft Office Excel 2003, Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003, and the Cdrimp32.flt file

If you install an update to Excel 2003, to Word 2003, to PowerPoint 2003, or to the Cdrimp32.flt file, you will see the following behavior change:
  • Office 2003 can no longer open or save certain file formats.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938810 Information about certain file types that are blocked after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

Microsoft Office Access 2003

If you install an update to Access 2003, you will see the following behavior change:
  • You can no longer configure Access add-ins for all users to use.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938809 Error message when you try to install an Access 2003 add-in for all users by using the Add-In Manager on a Windows Vista-based computer: "There was an error adding to the registry"

Microsoft Office Excel 2003

If you install an update to Excel 2003, you will see the following behavior change:
  • Certain macros in older Excel workbook formats have increased security.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938806 You cannot open Microsoft Excel 5.0/95 Workbook files that contain Visual Basic for Applications macros in Excel 2003 after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

Microsoft Office Outlook 2003

If you install an update to Outlook 2003, you will see the following behavior changes:
  • MAPI forms do not run in public folders or in user folders.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938816 Error message when you try to create a new MAPI form in Outlook 2003: "contact the administrator"
  • Attachments that use the .gadget extension can no longer be opened in Outlook.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938811 Some attachments cannot be opened in Outlook 2003 after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

Microsoft Office Project 2003

If you install an update to Project 2003, such as security update 950183, you will see the following behavior change:
  • Documents that are saved in certain formats no longer contain the version number of Office.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938807 Office files that are saved in certain formats no longer contain the version number of Office after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

Microsoft Office Word 2003

If you install an update to Word 2003, you will see the following behavior change:
  • The Fast Saves setting in Word has been removed.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938808 Error message when you try to install an Access 2003 add-in for all users by using the Add-In Manager on a Windows Vista-based computer: "There was an error adding to the registry"

REFERENCES

For more information, visit the following Microsoft Security Central Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/default.mspx
For more information about Office 2003 Service Pack 3, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
923618 Description of Office 2003 Service Pack 3

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Article ID: 951646 - Last Review: June 14, 2008 - Revision: 2.5
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Students and Teachers Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Basic Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Access 2003
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2003
  • Microsoft Office OneNote 2003
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
  • Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003
  • Microsoft Office Project Standard 2003
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2003
  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2003
  • Microsoft Office Visio Standard 2003
  • Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 Viewer
  • Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003
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