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Description of the Office 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package: February 12, 2007

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This article describes the Microsoft Office 2003 issue that is fixed in the Office 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package that is dated February 12, 2007.

This article describes the following items about the hotfix package:
  • The issues that the hotfix package fixes.
  • The prerequisites for installing the hotfix package.
  • Whether you must restart the computer after you install the hotfix package.
  • Whether the hotfix package is replaced by any other hotfix package.
  • Whether you must make any registry changes.
  • The files that the hotfix package contains.

Issue that the hotfix package fixes

This hotfix package fixes the following issue that was not previously documented in a Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
  • When you try to insert a Microsoft Visual Basic version 6.0 Masked Edit control in an Office 2003 file, the control does not appear. Instead, you receive the following error message in the location in which you tried to insert the control:
    Error! Not a valid embedded object.
    This problem may occur on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Note This hotfix corrects only the problem that is described in this article so that it no longer occurs. If the symptoms described earlier continue to occur after you apply the hotfix, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support


This hotfix package is a post Office 2003 Service Pack 2 hotfix package. To install the hotfix package, you must have Office 2003 Service Pack 2 installed.

For more information about Office 2003 Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
870924 How to obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003

Restart information

You do not have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix is not replaced by any later hotfix.

Registry information

To use one of the hotfixes in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

File information

This hotfix may not contain all the files that you must have to fully update a product to the latest build. This hotfix contains only the files that you must have to correct the issues that are listed in this article.

The global version of this hotfix uses a Microsoft Windows Installer package to install the hotfix. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in the following table. When you view the file information, the date is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

Download information
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Microsoft Windows Installer .msp file information
File nameFile sizeDateTime
After the hotfix is installed, the global version of this hotfix has the file attributes, or a later version of the file attributes, that are listed in the following table:
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Additional notes
  • For more information about how to install this hotfix, see the Readme.txt file that is included in the hotfix package.
  • For more information about the terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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