Office Patcher

Posted on April 13, 2009. Filed under: Powerpoint Tips |

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Office Patcher can silently update admin installs of the mainstream Office CDs with the latest service pack and hotfixes.

Supported versions: Office 2000, XP/2002 and 2003.

Supported “subcategories”: Office, Frontpage, Project, Visio, OneNote and Publisher.

– allows user to create an administrative installation from CD if no admin install exists for the relevant subcategory (this part is obviously not fully automated)
– if an administrative install already exists in the relevant subfolder it isn’t created again
– by default, only the main Office CD is treated; the others need to be “unlocked” via an external answer file
– the answer file can also be used to skip certain subcategories (useful for example when you patched Visio before but don’t want or need to patch it this time)
– silently slipstream the service pack and hotfixes you provide into the admin installation(s)
– for Office 2000: overcome “destination file doesn’t exist” errors
– supports all languages

Subfolder structure:

The OFFICE folder is created by default. You should only create the others manually if needed.
The updates for these categories go in a subfolder with the same name as the one for the subcategory but with an underscore in the front. For example: updates for FRONTPAGE go in _FRONTPAGE.
The service pack for Office and Frontpage needs to be placed in _OFFICE only; no need to have it twice.

System requirements:
– Windows 2000 or higher
– Windows Installer 2.0 or higher
– administrative privileges
– enough hard disk space

Quick how-to:
1) Log on as a user with administrative privileges.
2) Extract this package into a folder of your choice.
3) Place the hotfixes (“fullfiles” only) into the relevant subfolders; create as necessary:
4) By default, only the first CD (Office) is handled; if you wish to update other CDs from the same package, create an answer file called OFFPATCH.INI and place it in the same folder in which the main script file resides. The answer file should contain the following entries:
Add “1” (without quotes) next to those you wish to see handled or “0” (without quotes) next to those you want the script to ignore.
5) If you don’t yet have an administrative installation of the package(s) you wish to update, have your installation CDs at hand; when the program asks if you want to create a particular source, insert the relevant CD and then answer the question with “y”. Doing so, the standard administrative installation wizard will show; you can pre-insert your user information at that point if you wish. If you already have administrative installations, create the needed subfolders and copy your administrative sources into them:
6) Run the program and wait till it’s finished.

Known current limitations:
1) The Office version can only be determined based on the first Office CD.
2) There’s no exclude list for unneeded *.MSP update files for Office 2000 and XP yet, so you may receive error messages for Office versions other than Office 2003. You can ignore these but it would help if you report the name of the hotfix that was being slipstreamed at that time.
3) A known issue with patching Office 2000 is that you may get errors about missing destination files. Office Patcher contains a list so it can work around that, but the list is not complete. Please report any missing destinations including the path as stated in the error messages.


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