Re: Office Update Site
From: Susan Ramlet (susan_at_mvps-dot-org)
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 15:30:09 -0600
See if one of the following helps:
You could try going directly to the downloads site, download the updates
manually and install them directly. That has been a successful workaround
for some folks.
Here are some other things that have been suggested:
1. Deleting IE Cache.
In cases where the temporary Internet explorer cache folder is running out
of allotted space, you may be not be able to download the Office Update
control. You can free up space by deleting the Temporary Internet Files
cache using the "Delete Files" button in the "General" tab under "Tools |
Internet options" menu.
2. Check IE's security settings.
Ensure that your IE browser allows / prompts registering of signed Active X
controls. Follow the steps below to add http://office.microsoft.com to the
list of Trusted Sites so that the Office Update ActiveX control can load
a. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options and then click the
b. In the list of Web content zones, click the Trusted sites icon.
c. Click Sites.
d. Clear the Require Server verification (https) for all sites in this
zone check box .
e. In the Add this Website to the zone box, enter the Internet address
f. Click Add.
g. Click OK, and then click OK again.
3. Deleting Office Update detection folder.
Also try deleting the C:\Program Files\OfficeUpdate11 folder which contains
the detection catalog and downloaded patch files used by the site.
4. Deleting ActiveX control.
The Office Update ActiveX control can get into a bad state in certain
conditions and should be reinstalled. First close IE. Then delete the file
c:\Windows\opuc.dll for Windows 9X and Windows XP and c:\Winnt\opuc.dll for
Try going back to http://office.microsoft.com/OfficeUpdate/ to perform
detection again. If it still fails, follow the steps below.
5. Temporarily turn off Personal Firewall, Download Manager, Pop-up
blockers and Web Acceleration products
If there are Personal Firewall, Download Manager, Pop-up blockers, or Web
Accelerator products installed, temporarily turn off these products and try
detection again. Popular products include:
· Get Right (Download Manager)
· Download Accelerator
· Zone Labs (Personal Firewall)
· Norton Personal Firewall
· McAfee Personal firewall
And finally, if that doesn't work, here's something else to try:
1) Use a utility to clean out the Windows Installer data,
290301 - Description of the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility:
2) Reinstall Office
3) Apply your updates
If one of these solutions works for you, please post back.
-- Susan Ramlet MVP - Microsoft Office ---------------------------------------------- Please post replies to the newsgroup where all may benefit. "CRay" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:email@example.com... > I have never been able to run the auto-update from the > office update website. I get the error: > The Office Update Catalog cannot be displayed Help > > The Office Update site is currently experiencing some > technical difficulties and is unable to check for > updates. > > Click the Try Again link below to try loading the site > again (do not use the Refresh button on your browser to > reload the site). > > If problems persist, please contact Microsoft Support for > assistance. You can also search for Office updates in the > Download Catalog. > > > Try Again > >