Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3)

Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3)

Released on September 18, 2007
More Information: Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) Update

Warning / Caution
There exist a possibility that Installing the new Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) may prevent XLEcom from either running or functioning properly. This update disables many features of the entire Office 2003 suite. Carefully review the following information to make sure you need to install the Office 2003 Service Pack 3 update.

Remember, there is no uninstall feature for Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3).

Feedback Appreciated - Please post your experience:
If you installed Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) and either experienced problems or no problems running XLEcom, then please let us know. Thanks.

My Thoughts: I will not install Service Pack 3 because is disables too many Office 2003 features. Microsoft sometimes gets too paranoid, and in turn to relieve its technical support system of overburden, it disables features within their programs. This makes life easier for them, but the long run, users end up with crippled software and less features.

From Microsoft's Website:

Brief Description
Office 2003 Service Pack 3 provides the latest updates to Microsoft Office 2003.

Some of the changes in Service Pack 3 modify the behavior of Office 2003, including changes that disable some features by default and increase control for computer administrators. Changes include:

  • Office 2003 can no longer open or save certain file formats. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 938810.
  • MAPI forms do not run in public folders and user folders. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 938816.
  • Office 2003 can now be configured to allow or deny specific COM components. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 938815.
  • Some COM components with unusual characteristics may not function as expected. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 938814.
  • Changes have been made to the behavior of Microsoft Office Document Imaging. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 938813.
  • Attachments with the .gadget extension can no longer be opened in Outlook. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 938811.
  • Access add-ins can no longer be configured for use by all users. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 938809.
  • The Fast Save setting in Microsoft Office Word has been removed. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 938808.
  • Documents saved in certain formats no longer contain the version number of Office. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 938807.
  • Certain macros in older Excel file formats have increased security. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 938806.

This Update Cannot Be Removed
There is no uninstall feature for this download. For more information, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article (873125): You cannot remove Service Packs for Office 2003 products.

Sam Raheb
XLEcom Program Developer