Nobby, I cut and pasted this from an earlier thread, it does work, I have done this a couple of times.
Office Service Pack Install
I just happened to cut and paste for future use..................
Follow all of these instructions to the letter and you can apply SP1.
If you tried to apply the Office XP SP1 patch to your copy of the Corporate version and keep getting an error message like "Error applying patch to C:\config.msi\PT121A.tmp" here is what you need to do to successfully apply the patch.
NOTE: I assume your boot drive is C:. Change drive letter if necessary.
i use windows web site and......... i dont have a problem i did at first till i releised if u update office by another app or by a diff web site it corupts the office sp1 instalation so if u use big fix i think its called DONT USE IT TO UPDATE OFFICE XP
ok iam gonner come clean about my office xp pro and frontpage express, i installed the Sp1 from a cd that came with a pc mag and it installed find i guess some builds of office XP are locked out of the sp there was an artical about ths on the net some time ago.
btw my 1st *cough* office xp didnt update but microsoft seem to think iam a legal user because ages ago the gave 30day trials out to the public i regestered my copy and they didnt evern say that it was a 30day trial
I guess I wasn't very clear before but those are not my instructions, I just copied them from an earlier thread on this forum because I thought it would be easier for Nobby than linking to the earlier post. The credit for the instructions should go to SunbeamHigh who originally posted them. I would think that as long as the version says SR1 then the patch was installed properly.
BTW, there were alot of users with legal versions of Office XP that got the same error message trying to install the service pack as some people did with a non-legal version. There were also alot of people with non-legal versions that had no problem installing the service pack from the Microsoft site.
Burn the contents of your c:\office directory to a 700MB CD-R. Once it burns, run the setup on the disc. It will detect an older version of Office XP and ask you if you would like to upgrade. Hit Yes or OK and it will update it.
The link that was given for the install does not work all the time on some systems.
As for the lockout of Office XP, there was no lockout. When Office XP Pro "Upgrade" came out, it had a different build version than the Office XP Pro Full that is sold now. Due to the version difference, Office XP running the old version will not update using the Office.net online update. This was a flaw with Microsoft, not the software. The administrative install works fine on those versions (the install you just performed).
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS