Description of the Excel 2003 hotfix package (Excel.msp): August 26, 2008

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This article describes the Microsoft Office Excel 2003 issues that are fixed in the Excel 2003 hotfix package that is dated August 26, 2008.
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.

List of issues that this hotfix package fixes

This hotfix fixes the following issue:
  • 956835 A graphic image changes unexpectedly when you copy it from Excel 2003 to another Office 2003 program in a spanned RDP session
This hotfix fixes the following issues that were not previously documented in a Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
  • Consider the following scenario. You have an .xlsm file that contains a macro. The macro formats the data in the file when you open the .xlsm file. However, if you open the .xlsm file in Excel 2003, the macro does not run. Additionally, you receive an error message that resembles the following:
    Run-time error '-2147417848 (80010108)
    Automation error
    The object invoked has disconnected from its clients.

  • In Excel 2003, you may receive errors when you use Microsoft Visual C# or Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to access the data range of a PivotTable.
  • You have an Excel 2000 workbook or an Excel 2002 workbook that connects to a .dbf file by using the DSUM function. You open this workbook in Excel 2003. When you click Open Source to update the source file, Excel 2003 crashes.
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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.


There are no prerequisites for installing this hotfix.

Restart information

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

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix package does not replace any other hotfix packages.

Registry information

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 sizeDateTimePlatform
Microsoft Windows Installer .msp file information
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Excel.mspNot Applicable11,811,32820-Aug-200806:09Not Applicable
Excel.msp file information
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
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Article ID: 956834 - Last Review: 01/16/2015 10:34:20 - Revision: 1.0

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