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Description of the update for Office 2003: November 8, 2005

Support for Office 2003 has ended

Microsoft ended support for Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Office 2003. This article contains information about how to obtain the update, issues that are fixed by the update, issues that you may experience after the update is installed, and how to determine whether the update is installed.
Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Office Excel 2003 and for Microsoft Office Word 2003. This update corrects a potential problem in which an add-in, a smart tag, or a smart document may not load if the add-in, smart tag, or smart document uses the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.

Note This fix is not included in Office 2003 Service Pack 2 or in Office 2003 Service Pack 3.

Note for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 developers

This update fixes a problem that may prevent managed add-ins, smart documents, and smart tags that are created by using Visual Studio 2005 from working in Office 2003.

For more information about this problem and about how to distribute a fix with Visual Studio 2005 solutions for Office 2003 to enable the solutions to work, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
908002 Add-ins, smart documents, or smart tags that you create by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 do not run in Office

Update information

List of issues that the update fixes

The update for Office 2003 (KB907417) fixes the following issue that was not previously documented in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
Custom Office 2003 solution does not run after you install Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office 2003
When you try to run a custom Microsoft Office 2003 solution that was created by using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, the solution does not run. This issue may occur because the Microsoft .NET policy that enables the custom solution to run is not loaded after you install Visual Studio Tools for Office 2003.

Known issues

Known issues that may occur after the update is installed

After this update is installed, some Word 2003 or Excel 2003 solutions that were created in Visual Studio Tools for Office 2003 may unexpectedly quit (crash) under certain conditions. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
908003 FIX: Office 2003 crashes when you try to close a Word document or an Excel spreadsheet from a WinForm control in a Visual Studio 2003 Tools for the Microsoft Office System solution

How to remove the update

After you install the update, you cannot remove it. To revert to a previous installation that does not include the update, remove Office 2003. Then, install Office 2003 again from the original CD or from the original installation location.

For more information about how to remove Office updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
903771 Information about the ability to uninstall Office updates

Installation details

How to obtain and install the update

The client and administrative updates, together with installation instructions and deployment strategies, are located at the Microsoft Download Center. To download this update from the Microsoft Download Center, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

How to determine whether the update is installed

The update contains files that have the versions that are listed in the following table.
File nameVersion
You do not have to install this update if you have a later version of the files that are listed in the table.

To search for the Otkloadr.dll file, search the hard disk drive. To do this, follow these steps.

Note Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
  1. Click Start, and then click Search.
  2. In the Search Results pane, click All files and folders under Search Companion.
  3. In the All or part of the file name box, type Otkloadr.dll, and then click Search.
  4. In the resulting list of files, right-click the found file, and then click Properties.
  5. On the Version tab, determine the version of the file that is installed on your computer.

Information for administrators about .msp files

The administrative update consists of a full-file Microsoft Windows Installer file (.msp file) that is packaged in a self-extracting executable file. The following .msp file is distributed in this update:

Features for reinstalling specific components for administrators

If you update your administrative installation point and recache and reinstall Office 2003 on client computers, you can run a command line that includes the REINSTALL=[list of features] property. The REINSTALL=[list of features] property specifies whether you want to reinstall specific components of Office 2003 from the administrative image. For the update for Office 2003 (KB907417), the value for [list of features] is as follows.
Optionally, you can substitute the parameter REINSTALL=ALL to reinstall all Microsoft Office components on the client computer.

For detailed procedures that explain how to update an administrative image and how to update client computers, see the "Updating clients from a patched administrative image" section in the "Distributing Office 2003 product updates" topic. To view the "Distributing Office 2003 product updates" topic, visit the following Microsoft Web site:The Office Admin Update Center for Office IT professionals contains the latest administrative updates and strategic deployment resources for all versions of Office. For more information about the Office Admin Update Center, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
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