Microsoft Service Pack Numbering

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August 9, 2010 at 08:58:41
Specs: Windows XP
I have XP SP3 installed with all the latest Windows Updates.

Question 1:
When dowloading the latest Windows security updates do these security updates also fix
any MS Office Software that is installed or do I need to download these for each application?

I still use MS Office 97 which included Outlook Express 6.

Under Help, About Outlook Express this number appears:

6.00.2900.5512 (xpsp 080413-2105)

What do these numbers mean and how do I interpret them. For example I know that I have Win XP. SP3 installed, but nowhere is SP3 mention, just (xpsp 080413-2105)?

Again referring to MS Office 97, Outlook Express 6, Under Help, About Outlook Express

There is a listbox with a list of dll's. Are these dlls the ones used just by Outlook Express?

Several of the dlls show Version Unknown.
Since -- I assume -- these were loaded by outlook when installed or revised with a security, why is there not a version number and should I be concerned?


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August 9, 2010 at 09:05:29
Office 97 is no longer supported by MS so you won't get any updates for it.

6.00.2900.5512 is the build number of your version of outlook express.

I can't speak to the version unknown issue.

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August 9, 2010 at 10:38:09
Most DLL's contain a version resource, but some don't. There is no cause for concern. In many cases these DLLs are from the original installation and have never been updated by a service pack or other update.
There isn't any direct relationship between version numbers and service pack level. A file may or may not be updated by a service pack or by a subsequent update.

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August 9, 2010 at 11:01:21
Thanks for responses so far.

Was hoping for answer to all four questions especially how I make sense out the number
(xpsp 080413-2105)

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August 9, 2010 at 11:26:27
Be aware that "Outlook" and "Outlook Express" are two different programs. As Outlook Express is mostly mentioned I assume that is what you mean.

I don't know the precise answer to your question about xpsp 080413-2105 but both IE and OE are subject to Windows Updates - although they don't normally change the main version package (just add security updates). As Windows Service Packs incorporate all the updates up to the time of issue then I would suggest the xpsp 080413-2105 relates to just that.

Long Range Golfer

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August 9, 2010 at 11:28:36
5512 is the build number for SP3. XPServicePack 13th day of april 2008 at 9:05 PM (2105 military time)

I am guessing at part of this. I KNOW that 5512 is the SP3 build. Microsoft uses that format for dates and I am guessing at the 2105.

What difference does any of that make?

If you right click on My Computer and choose properties you will find SP3 listed.

Download SIW to learn more about the installed software and everything else about your computer. You can Google the update for an explanation of what is was for. Get SIW at the link below.

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August 9, 2010 at 16:12:04
Thanks for responses to date.

The reason for the post is that for years I've been using a number of MS Applications and always wondered about these issues. Search of the Net didn't yield anything and I have a lot of respect fo this forum.

Stated differently:
1) What is being updated with "Automatic Updates"
2) Is there anyway to tell for MS Applications
what is the latest update installed and how do you differentiate between the old and the new
to know you have the latest.
3) Where do you find this information on your computer?

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August 9, 2010 at 17:52:40
If you go to Control Panel> add/remove programs. You can view all installed programs and updates. You may need to check the box to SHOW updates.

Once the updates are listed you can sort by date by simply clicking on the top of the date column. Once or twice to get the order you want.

You can Google every update using the KB number to learn what they were for. This works for Windows and Office.

Third party programs may or may not show anything there.

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August 12, 2010 at 05:28:27
Thanks all.
Will keep this thread open in the hopes that more detail about MS Schema can be posted in the future.

Have a nice day.

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