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Description of the Word 2003 hotfix package (Winword.msp): December 16, 2008

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This article describes the Microsoft Office Word 2003 issues that are fixed in the hotfix package that is dated December 16, 2008.

Issues that this hotfix package fixes

This hotfix fixes the following issues that were not previously documented in a Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
  • You have the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack installed. You open a Word 2007 document in Word 2003. If the document includes an XML node attribute that has more than 256 characters, the attribute value is truncated to 256 characters.

  • After you apply Word 2003 Service Pack 3, Word 2003 cannot reconvert Japanese characters. This problem occurs when a Word 2003 document has more than 100 double-byte character set (DBCS) characters.

  • When you try to print a Word 2003 document in Normal view, and this document contains tracked revisions in a table, you may experience one of the following problems:
    • Word 2003 crashes.
    • You receive the following error message:
      You have exceeded the maximum number of pages supported by Microsoft Office Word.
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Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problems that are described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problems described in this article. 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 requirement

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

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released 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 package uses a Microsoft Windows Installer package to install the hotfix package. 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
Winword.mspNot Applicable7,675,39212-Dec-200801:11Not Applicable
Winword.msp information
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
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824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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