What does office detect and repair do?

I have office xp sp3.  A third party program does not work correctly in outlook and the tech support suggestion is to run office detect and repair.

What does office detect and repair do?  What files are modified.  Do I lose sp3?
seanlenihanAsked:
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sunray_2003Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Technically you should not lose SP3 doing detect and repair.
i have seen some cases here though where user said they lost data so it is better to backup data before doing.

my understanding of detect and repair is the application has got some kind of database which checks for common errors (detects) and repairs it using the fixes that is built in the system

you may have other options to try if detect and repair doesnot work but better to try detect and repair first
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seanlenihanAuthor Commented:
What i'm curious about is how does the detect and repair modify or undo any files associated with Office XP sp3 in essence not making my Office XP sp3 not fully sp3?

Will detect and repair undo any Office service pack?  Will I need to re-apply Office service pack?
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