Slipstreaming Office 2007 SP2

If you didn’t already know, Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the excellent Office 2007 was released a while ago

From Microsoft:
The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides customers with the latest updates to the 2007 Office suite (the products that are affected by this update are listed below). This download includes two types of fixes:

  • Previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this service pack. In addition to general product fixes, this includes improvements in stability, performance, and security.
  • All of the Public Updates, Security Updates, Cumulative Updates, and Hotfixes released through February 2009.
    Before installing this service pack, you are strongly encouraged to read
    953195, which describes some big improvements introduced by SP2, and also calls out some important information that you should be aware of before installing.

I just realised I haven’t yet updated our Office 2007 cd copy on the LAN.

This has become a lot simpler since Office 2003 but isn’t truly slipstreaming. All you need to do is place the service pack files in the Updates folder of the Office 2007 CD.

Like many IT departments we store a copy of all our software in a folder on our LAN. This makes it a lot easier to install across the network to any PC that requires it. We can also burn the copy back to a CD or create an ISO if necessary.

How to update your Office 2007 CD copy to Service Pack 2

  • The Basic Method

    • Run this line on a command prompt
    • <locationOfUpdate>Update.exe /extract:<cdCopyPath>Updates
  • Step by Step UI Method

    • Download the Service pack – office2007sp2-kb953195-fullfile-en-us.exe
    • Drag the exe to a command prompt window or the Run prompt and type “ /extract:c:Updates
    • It will ask you to accept the T&C and you will then see a progress bar until all the files are extracted
    • Go to C:Updates in Windows Explorer to see the extracted files
    • Drag and drop them in to the Updates folder of wherever you keep your CD copy

It really is as simple as that. When you next go to install Office 2007 the setup will run whatever is in the “Updates” after it has completed the initial setup

One extra step I did was to delete the existing SP1 files from the updates folder. One would hope the installation would be clever enough to spot the superseded SP1 update and only install the more up to date SP2 files but I didn’t have the time, disk space or inclination to put this theory to the test 😉

On a side note, SP2 for Vista and Server 2008 were released to the web (RTW) today. Slipstreaming them is a bit different and a topic for another post!

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