MS08-013: Description of the security update for Office 2003: February 12, 2008

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 security bulletin MS08-013. The security bulletin contains all the relevant information about the security update. This information includes file manifest information and deployment options. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites, depending on whether you are a home user or an IT professional:


You must have Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed to apply this security update.

For more information, 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

Removal information

After you install this update, you cannot remove it. To revert to an installation of the Office 2003 suite before the update was installed, you must remove the Office 2003 suite. Then, install the suite again by using the original installation method.

This update cannot be removed because an issue exists in Office 2003 that causes Office 2003 to be partially uninstalled when updates to certain components are installed or uninstalled. This update fixes this issue. However, if you remove this update, the issue occurs again and Office is partially uninstalled. To prevent this behavior, you cannot uninstall this update.
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Article ID: 945185 - Last Review: 02/12/2008 19:20:13 - Revision: 2.2

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