Microsoft Office 2003 updates

Microsoft Office 2003

Microsoft have just announced Service Pack 3 for Microsoft Office 2003, which has prompted me to make sure that all my Microsoft Office applications are up-to-date.

What is a Service Pack?

A service pack (often abbreviated as SP) is a collection of updates, fixes and enhancements to a software application or operating system — such as Microsoft Office or Microsoft Windows — that can be installed at once. This makes the process easier and usually more reliable than installing a series of individual update patches, especially when you have to update more than one PC.

Service packs are usually numbered and will normally have to be installed in order, e.g. install SP1 before SP2; these are called incremental service packs, or sometimes service releases (SR). Often service packs are cumulative meaning that they also contain the contents of its predecessors, e.g. SP2 will include files from both SP1 and SP2.

Microsoft Office 2003 SP archive

Here are the service packs for Office 2003, certainly the applications that I use. The files can be downloaded directly from Microsoft (without requiring a Genuine Microsoft Software validation test).

Where offered, I recommend downloading the full file rather than the client which requires the original CD-ROM to be inserted; I find the full file is quicker to install.

Microsoft Office 2003

OneNote 2003

Project 2003

Visio 2003

Other Office 2003 Service Packs can be found by searching the Microsoft Download Center (sic).

Download and backup

My advice is to download the files (broadband is highly recommended!) and then backup the files to CD-ROM or DVD so that you have then to hand the next time you need to reinstall Office 2003.


I ran the installation files in sequence by application, starting with the Office 2003 service packs and then moving on to the other individual applications.

The installer informed me which service packs had already been installed; in my case I had SP1 and SP2 already installed for each of these applications.

Office 2003 SP3 required a reboot after installation, the other updates didn’t.

Calamateur vs Steve Lawson

Calamateur vs Steve Lawson

What could be better than the release of a new album by a good friend? I’ll tell you: the release of a new album by two good friends.

Calamateur (Andrew Howie) and Steve Lawson (erm … Steve Lawson) have collaborated on an album of nine original, beautifully eerie songs which will be officially released on Monday 1 October. The tracks are available to download now, however, on CDBaby and iTunes.

The truth

Here’s what the Autoclave Records website says about the album:

The playing is immaculate, the production gorgeous and the arrangements are achingly close to perfection. These are Calamateur songs though, which means they’re loaded with yearning, loss, ascetic sensuality and a commitment to revealing personal and universal truths. And tunes, it’s more packed with tunes that a Topic is with hazelnuts.

What more could you want from your next album purchase than yearning, loss, ascetic sensuality and both personal and universal truths? The perfect album for an enneagram type four! So many releases these days sell themselves short with a commitment to just personal truths, like the Manic Street Preachers This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours.

The album is beautiful, spacious, emotional, stark. I don’t think that I can sum it up any better than on the website:

At times deeply unsettling, and often painfully confessional (even the instrumental tracks) the overwhelming sense is of beauty in a stark place; a desolate Antarctic wilderness of songs.


Track listing in full:

  1. Wonder
  2. How Long
  3. Even After
  4. Unimagined
  5. Spring Snow Storm
  6. Endo
  7. Ripsukibuna
  8. Lie in Wait
  9. 1993

My only disappointment with the album is that it promised nine new tracks. But I’d already heard a demo of track 5 “Spring Snow Storm”! (Hardly a disappointment though: I love that track.)

Buy online

You can buy and download this album at the following outlets: