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Hello out there!
I finally got around to cloning my old boot drive to a new drive and it is up and running. All programs function great except for the ones engineered by microsoft (hmm, go figure!). Here, please just imagine a string of profanity!!!

Here is the issue:

When I try to open any ms office programs, I get the ms office small biz edition activation wizard (because microsoft has detected a change in hardware). It tells me to insert the ms office small biz edition disc and click next. when I do this, then i get this message

"the feature you are trying to use is on a network resource that is unavailable.
Click ok to try again, or enter an alternate path to a folder containing the installation package 511974.MainSP3ff.msp in the box below."

I have done a search on my computer and cannot find a file or folder with that name.

What should I do, download and reinstall XP service pack 3?

I am placing high points on this for a quick answer, I really want to wrap this up by tonight and get productive again!

Thanks in advance.
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brislane earned 2000 total points
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That file is in the Office XP SP3 installer, not Windows XP SP3

Create a directory C:\OfficeXPSP3

Download this from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=85AF7BFD-6F69-4289-8BD1-EB966BCDFB5E&displaylang=en

Extract this file with WinZip

Rename the file MAINSP3ff.msp to 511974.MAINSP3ff.msp
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Thank you, that portion went well, but know windows installer is asking for this "511691.VSDEBUGop.msp
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Your approach was easy to understand (thanks!) but after the initial message, I would keep getting other messages that were similar and would have to find the appropriate download and then rename the files. So after a few rounds of this, I said screw it and downloaded the windows uninstall cleanup utility, uninstalled office and then reinstalled and everything is running great.
I am giving you full points for jumping in there so quickly to help me.

Thank you!
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