How can i get windows 10 to stop trying to run an office 2003 update?

I have a user that has an upgraded Win10 machine and still uses Office 2003 Excel.  Everyday windows tells her that it has failed to install an update for Office 2003.  I would like to get Windows 10 to stop trying to install the update.  I'm sure there is some incompatibility which prevents the update.  How can I get Windows to quit trying to do the update?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
I have a user that has an upgraded Win10 machine and still uses Office 2003 Excel.

why not upgrade office at the same time?
office 2003 has been out of support over 3 years and is not supported on windows 10
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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Only if you use a WSUS server you can prevent that Update. else Windows 10 doesn't have an option to select which update you want to install or stop a specific update..
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
Uncheck this option, to disable updates for other Microsoft products except Windows Updates

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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
It will probably enable again by Windows.  restart and check if that checkbox is still cleared..
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Download Office 2003 SP3, install it and try updating from within Office.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=8
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James BunchSystems AnalystCommented:
Another option, which I strongly recommend NOT doing unless critical to stop updates, is to go to your Services location and disable the Windows updater service to prevent it.

In windows search bar / run bar type: Services.msc right click and run as administrator.
When the window appears scroll down until you see the service "Windows Update"
services1.JPGDrill into this location and in the middle is a drop down listed for startup type. You can choose "Disable" here to prevent all windows updates until you see fit to install them.
services2.JPGAfter this, just hit Apply and you can even restart to just be sure the changes are in effect. Even if you attempt to run Windows Update manually you will not be able too without turning this back on.

Again, this is not recommended because it prevents hot-fixes and patches to known issues and over time will leave this system vulnerable. However doing this temporarily will give you a little time to find a solution otherwise.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes, I would certainly upgrade to Office 2016 Subscription. Very inexpensive.
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Just out of curiosity, why are you still on excel 2003.
I did not know they even supported updates anymore?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can still get SP3 download and if running XP, Office 2003 was doing some security updates if it has the Office 2007 compatibility pack.

Nonetheless, the user should upgrade. Windows 10 will not know about Office 2003 updates.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
I did not know they even supported updates anymore?

the updates are still available to download; just nothing new for some 3+ years which makes it insecure
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
Or hide the update, should work
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mvpharmAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone for your suggestions.  My user really dislikes later versions of Excel.  I won't be able to try your suggestions until next week, but I will return to let you know what worked.  Thanks.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Newer versions of Office have ribbons now to handle more icons. That feature is here to stay for at least the next while now so the user needs to acquaint themselves with the features.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
My user really dislikes later versions of Excel.

too bad
outdated, no longer supported, insecure...clearly outweighs the end user's opinion
she needs to adjust
who will take the blame if something malicious occurs due to the vulnerable application?
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