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How to prevent Office 2003 sp3 update?

Posted on 2009-04-01
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Hello - one of my clients accidentally allowed the Office 2003 sp3 update to happen at their office yesterday, affecting about 50 pc's, and they are having problems with my Access application now.

I have 2 questions:

1) what's the best way to recover from this? They said they couldn't just back off the sp3; they are going to un- and re-install Office 2003 on every machine

2) I seem to remember a little tweak you could run on your pc that would prevent the install of one of their other wonderful updates in the past that broke something on everyone's pc's; is there something similar out there that will prevent Office sp3?

I can't believe, as long as sp3 has been floating around, M$ hasn't fixed the problems with it...

Thanks

Mark
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by:GRayL
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Interesting take!  Soo many tings need SP3.
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by:Kelvin Sparks
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There are some post SP3 patches that are supposed to fix the Access issues. A search of the MS knowledgebase should turn them up (or the Office 2003 site).

BUT I still won't use SP3 - and neither will any clients I have


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by:mlagrange
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Here's the utility I was thinking about - IntelliAdmin IE 7 Remote Blocking Tool.
It has since grown: http://www.intelliadmin.com/NetworkAdministrator.htm

I looked; they don't seem to have anything to block specific updates, but I sent them the question



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by:mlagrange
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Here's the response (they replied in 2 hours; I am just slow getting back to this question):

From: IntelliAdmin Support [mailto:support@intelliadmin.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 10:20 PM
To: Mark LaGrange
Subject: Re: Prevent update of selected MS updates?

Unfortunately we are able to block this update because Microsoft allows it to happen. The update can only be blocked if a MS patch looks for the blocking reg key. The only patches/apps that do this right now are major service pack releases, and new versions of IE - and that is it.

The best way to manage this would be to stop having your machines go to update.microsoft.com and point them to your own update server. And then manage which patches are allowed through.

You can do this using the free Windows Update Services software from MS:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/wsus/default.aspx

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Thanks again Cap - I relayed this onto the admin guys

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