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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Office 2003 SP3 error on Windows XP SP3

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Office 2003 SP3 installation error on Windows XP SP3
Last updated on: 30th May 2008

This the most frustrating error message here on Office 2003 installation.
See this figure below:
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The error message reads as:

The system cannot read from the specified device.
With Retry and Cancel buttons.

Error details:
This error occurred while installing Office 2003 package with Office 2003 Service Pack 3 integrated on Windows XP professional with Service pack 3 build 3244 integrated. In both the packages the service packs are integrated with the installation file. Note: Please note that Windows Service Pack 3 comes with Windows Installer 3.1(KB893803), so no need to install it before installing Office.

[See here for office/windows service pack integration methods.]

Results:
Cannot install this office package with this Windows version. (XP SP3 build 3244)

Proof:
This office package is installing successfully on other windows versions i.e. XP sp2, Windows 2003 versions etc.

Corrections:
See the solution section section to see the solution.
Another possibility is that this problem may not occure in the latest builds of the service pack 3 for Windows XP, but there is no guarantee for this particular problem, if Microsoft will not think it as a serious problem.

Solution:
As the latest information this problem: The error happened due to wrong or faulty integration of Office service pack to the office installation files, but not because of Windows XP Service Pack 3. to integrate office service packs with office installation correctly read the article here or download the article now.

To know more about/download the latest version of Windows XP Service Pack read the article here.

Reported by: bcdalai
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4 comments:

vitamin b12 said...

The error is seen as the system cannot read from the specified device. I had downloaded the article. This article helped me to install the office 2003 in Xp.

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