Slipstream of Office SP2 with WSUS - Updates reset Office settings!!!

Posted on 2006-05-02
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Hi all,

The problem we are having is that whenever Office updates
(critical/security) ones are pushed out and installed from our WSUS
server to workstations that have Office 2003 installed from a
slipstream, all of the workstations will loose their Office settings.

For example, in Outlook if you had an additional mailbox added, this
will disappear.  Or if you had a signature set, this signature will
revert back to none but if a signature was set, it still shows in the
drop down list of stored signatures.  In Excel, if you had custom
macros set, it will reset these too.

I have created a Slipstream of Office SP2 with no .mst file, just a
regular fresh slipstream.

I have pushed this out through the Software Installation in GPO.

I do include a Microsoft Office Outlook Profile Settings file (.prf)
and a registry file that contains the following:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"ImportPRF"="\\\\FILE\\Software\\Installers\\Microsoft Office 2003
Professional SP2\\Outlook.PRF"

"ImportPRF"="\\\\FILE\\Software\\Installers\\Microsoft Office 2003
Professional SP2\\Outlook.PRF"


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows
Messaging Subsystem\Profiles]
"DefaultProfile"="Exchange Settings"

I did test installing Office updates from the Microsoft Office Update
Web Site ( on workstations
with the Office Slipstream   and this DOES NOT reset the settings.

So this only happens from updates installed from our WSUS server!!!

Your help is greatly appreciated!



I have posted this on Google Groups and received 1 reply to a possible solution, seeing if there are any other ideas...

Hi Ray,

In this scenario, you might want to patch Administrative Installs of
Office (AIP) instead of approving office updates.

More information on WSUS WIKI -

Office Administrative Installs

Office Updates and WSUS support

Happy Patching,
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
Question by:raonchaudhri
    1 Comment
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    Accepted Solution

    here is a link which may be exactly what you want, a way to slipstream the updates with a fresh or new install.

    Good Luck,


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