How to apply an administrative update to an Office XP administrative installation point by downloading update files

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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 installation point.

Note To apply an administrative update to Microsoft Visio, do not the follow the instructions in this article. Instead, see the following article:
310474 Visio2002: How to Obtain and Install Visio 2002 Service Release 1

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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) updates.

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.

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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 site.

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Apply an Update to an Office Administrative Installation Point

  1. 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.
  2. Connect to the server share for your administrative installation point.

    NOTE: You must have write access to the administrative installation point on the server and the appropriate permissions to carry out the task.
  3. 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 line.

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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 Installer.
  • /p - Enables Windows Installer to apply an update to an existing installation.
  • 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 error handling).
  • /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 file.

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Article ID: 307783 - Last Review: 02/27/2014 21:10:04 - Revision: 2.3

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