error 25090, or: all these office updates keep failing

I’ve seen this a lot at work lately: You run automatic updates, but there’s a pile of them for Office 2003 applications that just fail every time.

Microsoft describe the problem in KB827467, and the fix is short and sweet:

  1. Put the Office 2003 CD in the drive, start setup.exe, close it.

That’s it. Cancel out of the installer at the first opportunity, and it’ll reset whatever’s broken so the updates can install.

(Thanks to dannyman, whose post I somehow found before the KB article.)

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