You receive an error message when you try to install or run an Office program: "This patch package could not be opened" or "The installation source for the product is not available"

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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.

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How to troubleshoot problems that may occur when you install, uninstall, or upgrade a program on a Windows-based computer
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Please see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article for steps to troubleshoot uninstallation issues with products that use Windows Installer:

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Summary
When you try to install a Microsoft Office program or run an Office program for the first time, you may receive an error message. This article lists common error messages that you may receive, and it contains step-by-step methods that may help you install and run an Office program.

This article is intended for a beginning to intermediate computer user.
You may find it easier to follow the steps if you print this article first.
Symptoms of the problem
When you try to install an Office program or run an Office program for the first time, you may receive one of the following error messages:
  • This patch package could not be opened. Contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid Windows Installer patch package.
  • The installation source for the product is not available. Verify that the source exists and that you can access it.
  • This patch package could not be opened. Verify that the patch package exists and that you can access it, or contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid Windows Installer patch package.
  • The feature you are trying to use is on a CD-ROM or other removable disk that is not available. Insert the Office programdisk and click OK.
    NoteIn this error message, Office programis a placeholder for the name of the specific Office program that you are using.
If you are signed on to the computer by using an administrative account, you may receive the following error message:
Fatal error during installation
Steps to resolve the problem
Step 1: Download and run Microsoft Fixit 50123 from the following article:
  1. How to fix MSI software update registration corruption issues
 Step 2: Repair or reinstall Microsoft Office
Similar problems and solutions
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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How do I uninstall Office 2003, Office 2007 or Office 2010 suites if I cannot uninstall it from Control Panel?
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