I have been tasked with updating our systems to the new Excel.exe 2000 patch. However, our systems need to be at service pack 3 in order to install this patch. I extracted the msp and the only thing I saw was the change to the Excel.exe version to a new version.. couldn't find any registration keys or anything else that would be changed.
I've copied this Excel.exe over to some Windows2000 and Windows XP systems running Office 2000, regardless of Service Pack version , and replaced it with the new version. The program seems to run ok, however I did not do any extensive testing. Does anyone know of any issues or problems that may arise with this method???
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Not specifically, but you may want to check the Help/About in Excel to see if the service pack level appears. If you can get your hands on one of the test cases that the SP was supposed to fix, all the better.

There is a bunch of stuff in altiris.com support forums about applying patches, so I won't get into that here. but in MSI 2.0 the usefulness of patches is pretty limited.

I'd be more inclined to do a silent installation of Microsoft's SP, and to follow the MSFT guidelines for deploying it.
Answered 11/04/2004 by: aogilmor
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At this stage I dont think MS is using the new functions in MSI 3.0 so you might get away with replacing the exe.

I would suggest getting a serious power user to test Excel for you to be sure.
Answered 11/05/2004 by: MSIMaker
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