Office Update Approval

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, Windows Server Update Services, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

If you use WSUS to update Microsoft Office on your network computers, consider the following:

  • You must use an original baseline source for Microsoft Office Administrative Install Points (AIP) to use WSUS to update Office XP and Office 2003 on client computers. If you are applying updates to the AIP, you cannot use WSUS. The two methods of applying updates are mutually exclusive. If you have applied an update to an AIP and want to roll back the AIP to an original baseline source, follow the instructions in article 902349 in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.


Administrative Install Points are relevant only to Office XP and Office 2003. They are not used with Office 2007.

  • If you have installed Microsoft Office per user, WSUS will not update Office.

  • Users can access the public Microsoft Office Online website to look for updates to their Office installation through the Microsoft Office Update wizard. By using Group Policy, you can create policies that prevent users from getting Office updates from Microsoft Office Online.

For more information and troubleshooting advice, see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

  • If updates are offered to a user even though it has already been installed, see Article 903775 .

  • If no applicable Microsoft Office updates are displayed when you use Microsoft Update or Windows Server Update Services, see Article 903773

  • For information on how to change an administrative installation point, see Article 902349