Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3

4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 (101 votes)

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Windows 2000/Server 2003/XP / Freeware / 365,605 downloads

Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) represents a major evolution in security for Office 2003. It further hardens the Office suite against potential attacks and other security threats. This service pack also includes fixes that have been previously released as separate updates for Office 2003.

Reviews of Microsoft Office 2003

  1. 5 out of 5 stars
    dorisgodess

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Aug 16, 2011)

    I have been using this for a long time and never used other software.

  2. 4 out of 5 stars
    angelabe

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Aug 4, 2011)

    I like this software.

  3. 5 out of 5 stars
    cindytk

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Aug 3, 2011)

    I am using this software since the first time I use computer. It's classic and professional.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars
    miconac

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Oct 19, 2010)

    jweuu

  5. 5 out of 5 stars
    TheHatredProphet

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 29, 2010)

    I downloaded this program onto my PC in no time. Infact the time elapsed was 5.5 mins. Please ignore HansUpp because i went through none of the effects he/she described. I am typing up my reports already on Microsoft Office 2003, obviously HansUpp has A. a RAR converter or B. Is a terrible liar and needs to stop =].

  6. 3 out of 5 stars
    VelvetElvis

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 23, 2007)

    Office works fine, but the install reset all my folder views to "Icons". Points off for d***ing with that.

  7. 5 out of 5 stars
    JustinUT79

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 20, 2007)

    I installed this update on both my Vista computer and my XP computer without any problems.

    HansUpp, like most Microsoft haters, I think you hope for problems with Microsoft software. Karma man. Karma.

  8. 1 out of 5 stars
    HansUpp

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 20, 2007)

    Stay away, this has the Curse of Micro$haft on it.

    After installation I can't access my documents and the resolution in MicroSnot kb articles only refers to modifying registry keys which don't even exist in WinXP.
    Load of shïte I tell ye all

  9. 2 out of 5 stars
    horsecharles

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 19, 2007)

    This like windows XP sp1... either wait for next SP or just go to 2K7.

  10. 1 out of 5 stars
    DatabaseBen

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 19, 2007)

    if your software is running just fine, don't mess it up with updates, after updates, etc and etc.

    there has got to be a point in time that updates should end.

  11. 5 out of 5 stars
    mjm01010101

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 19, 2007)

    Amusing to me that MS is blocking it's own formats. MS should block ".doc" and ".xls" as well and get it over with. Watching the downfall of this company is also amusing.

  12. 5 out of 5 stars
    Bu1wink1e

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 19, 2007)

    Umm because SP2 was released over a year ago and 3 follows 2.

  13. 3 out of 5 stars
    serendipityguy

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 19, 2007)

    Known issues

    Known issues after you install the service pack

    After you install a Microsoft Office service pack, you are prompted unexpectedly to restart the computer. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    905726 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/905726/) You are unexpectedly prompted to restart the computer after you install an Office service pack or an Office update

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, an add-in, ActiveX control, or COM add-in may not work as expected in an Office 2003 program. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938814 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938814/) The functionality of an add-in, an ActiveX control, or a COM add-in is reduced, or the functionality is blocked after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, you may receive an error message when you try to create a new MAPI form in Outlook 2003. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938816 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938816/) Error message when you try to create a new MAPI form in Outlook 2003: "contact the administrator"

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, attachments that contain the .gadget extension cannot be opened in Outlook 2003. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938811 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938811/) Attachments that contain the .gadget extension cannot be opened in Outlook 2003 after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, the Fast Saves feature does not work as expected in Word 2003. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938808 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938808/) The Fast Saves feature in Word 2003 no longer functions after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, the Microsoft Office Document Imaging program may not work as expected. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938813 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938813/) You may experience issues when you run the Microsoft Office Document Imaging program after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, you may receive an error message when you try to open or to save a file. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    941636 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941636/) You receive an error message when you try to open a file or to save a file after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, you cannot open some Microsoft Excel workbooks that contain Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938806 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938806/) You cannot open Microsoft Excel 5.0/95 Workbook files that contain Visual Basic for Applications macros in Excel 2003 after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

    After you install Office 2003 SP3, the version number of Office is no longer saved in the properties of the document as expected. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    938807 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938807/) Office files that are saved in certain formats no longer contain the version number of Office after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

  14. 5 out of 5 stars
    sQin

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 19, 2007)

    updated succesfully

  15. 5 out of 5 stars
    bigmama

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 19, 2007)

    Good 2 have MsUpdates

  16. 4 out of 5 stars
    noBuddy

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 19, 2007)

    @ the artist:
    installed SP3 - no issues at all with the old files. Word, everything from PowerPoint (pot, ppt, pps..) and Excel % Access: runs fine.
    Don´t know if SP3 is really necessary, but at least it works.

    Minor issues: 2 msp files of 117 Mb in installer folder, and a few temp files - easy to delete.

  17. 5 out of 5 stars
    Project51

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 18, 2007)

    It's a 5 years old office suite and still being supported by M$.

    A company that sometimes I admire. 5 stars !!!

  18. 3 out of 5 stars
    the artist

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 18, 2007)

    Don't install it yet!!! WTF a Service pack that almost BREAKS my software!
    Read about the known issues! there's a known issue (a feature really) where you can't open nor save some rare documents made with Office 2003 SP2 and older just because of some policies, and you have to edit de registry for a workaround! Check if you use such files before diving into SP3;
    EXTENSIONS: .wk1, .wk4, .wj3, wk1 FMT, .wks, .wk3, wk3 FM3, .wj2, .wq1, .fm3, .wj1 - .dif, .slk - .ppt, .pot (whoa!), .pps, and .ppa '97
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938810

    It's no BS! if you use any of this extensions... or pps made with word 97, save again with word 2003 sp2 before installing SP3. SP3 CAN'T BE REMOVED INDIVIDUALLY.

    http://www.microsoft.com...layLang=en#Requirements

    @Project51: dear, to Microsoft, it's not "a 5 year old suite". It's the Office suit version that is massively in use today. Office 2007 has had little adoption yet. Are you as stoopid as to believe today that MS cares about you?

  19. 4 out of 5 stars
    frankwick

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 18, 2007)

    anything new, or is this just a bunch of roll-ups?

  20. 5 out of 5 stars
    coover

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 18, 2007)

    Some Guy ... there are at least 3 words in the English language that are pronounced the same as the pronunciation of the number "2". They are "to", the word you used incorrectly, "too", the word you should have used, and finally "two", which also would have been incorrect, at least in the context of the fragmented sentence you wrote.

    Please learn the difference so you don't look like a dunce next time you write.

  21. 1 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 18, 2007)

    to little to late

  22. 5 out of 5 stars
    jafo818

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 18, 2007)

    Weird that Microsoft's site still shows SP2? But when you do a Microsoft Update sure enough SP3 shows up.

  23. 5 out of 5 stars
    Paul Skinner

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 18, 2007)

    http://www.microsoft.com...f206&DisplayLang=en

    is the link.

    @jafo818: It is on Microsoft's site. Follow my link.

    @some guy: Would you like some 'o's with that?

  24. 5 out of 5 stars
    CharlieGimbert

    Reviewing Service Pack 3 (Sep 18, 2007)

    i don't use office 2003 but i'm waiting XP SP3

  25. 5 out of 5 stars
    HurricaneGame

    Reviewing Service Pack 2 (Aug 4, 2006)

    About time.

  26. 5 out of 5 stars
    Metshrine

    Reviewing Service Pack 2 (Sep 28, 2005)

    Wow, a french install wont use the english update. GO FIGURE! Thats why they make language packs. Dont download it from here if you want another language, use microsoft update and get the proper language. Worked great here.

  27. 1 out of 5 stars
    Eden7c

    Reviewing Service Pack 2 (Sep 28, 2005)

    I spent 2 hours last night trying to process it...

    English pack does not install on my French version ( In Canada) and the French pack does not install either.

    Get a message of unproper version on both packs tried the fullpack version uncovered from both US and France websites to no avail...

    Was lucky to be able to send an error report to MS... ( one for each version) hey...

    No stars for me.

  28. 4 out of 5 stars
    cowticket

    Reviewing Service Pack 2 (Sep 28, 2005)

    This worked but I think it is a little late for office 2003.

  29. 4 out of 5 stars
    surfbum4fun

    Reviewing Service Pack 2 (Sep 28, 2005)

    i tired to download this using ie browser and it was too slow.so i used firefox and it downloaded it in 4 min.

  30. 4 out of 5 stars
    lab-techie

    Reviewing Service Pack 2 (Sep 28, 2005)

    Worked fine here, shows as Office 2003 Sp2. Almost all MS Office service pack updates require the installation disc or source, especially if it wasn't a "complete" install (e.g. custom install). If your version was installed via a network drive (e.g. corporate server), make sure your connected.

  31. 1 out of 5 stars
    thezelda

    Reviewing Service Pack 2 (Sep 28, 2005)

    Outlook 2003 SP2 used up HUGE amounts of CPU doing anything. Had to un-install and go back to Outlook 2003 SP1. Can't believe MSFT doesn't test anything.

  32. 1 out of 5 stars
    slepax

    Reviewing Service Pack 2 (Sep 28, 2005)

    My instance of Microsoft Office was installed via a network drive which is not available at the moment, so I had the cancel the execution of the update.

    Now I can't open any Office at all, keep asking for the initial install directory every time I try to open MS-Excel (strange but all other applications works fine),

  33. 1 out of 5 stars
    seier

    Reviewing Service Pack 2 (Sep 28, 2005)

    I tried installing this by downloading the 100MB full install, then I tried via OfficeUpdate.com, then I tried via my Microsoft update system tray icon, all failed. I even chose the shutdown method where it closes everything and then installs one's updates. It says it can't update win.ini, I checked the file's attributes and there's no reason for it to be locked. Lame-O! I'm glad to hear it worked for others, that way I know they're not complete dumb-sh..s.
    Cheers,
    Christian

  34. 5 out of 5 stars
    zridling

    Reviewing Service Pack 2 (Sep 27, 2005)

    In the words or Monty Burns, Excellent!

  35. 5 out of 5 stars
    ServerMechanic

    Reviewing Service Pack 2 (Sep 27, 2005)

    Installed in about 6 minutes. NO problems. NO reboot required. All is well.

  36. 5 out of 5 stars
    GoodThings2Life

    Reviewing Service Pack 2 (Sep 27, 2005)

    Yaay! for Phishing Filters! Yaay! for something else to slipstream into the install source thus saving me lots of time when building system images! :)

  37. 5 out of 5 stars
    Dirk van Hoofen

    Reviewing Service Pack 1 (Jul 28, 2004)

    The GERMAN administratorpack you can download under: .... http://download.microsof...842532-fullfile-deu.exe .
    This pack you can now integrate into the original OFFICE 2003 CD.

  38. 4 out of 5 stars
    TrekMaster

    Reviewing Service Pack 1 (Jul 27, 2004)

    Other than a Slow Installation, great update set.

  39. 5 out of 5 stars
    squirrel83

    Reviewing Service Pack 1 (Jul 27, 2004)

    Includes all the security updates ~

  40. 3 out of 5 stars
    Aires

    Reviewing Service Pack 1 (Jul 27, 2004)

    You only need to download and install this if you have the full bells & whistles version of Office 2003 with InfoPath & OneNote etc. Otherwise just download the 3 updates that have been issued: Excel 2003 Update: KB834691, Office 2003 Critical Update: KB828041 & Word 2003 Update: KB830000. You can even slipstream these 3 updates into your existing copy of Office 2003 if you know how.

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