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Step 1: Run Office 97 Version Checker, which assesses the current status of your Office 97 programs and then recommends the necessary steps you need to take to install Office 97 SR-2b successfully.
See the Service Release 2b FAQ for complete details on the version checker and its results.
Step 2: If instructed by the version checker, Get Microsoft Office Service Release 1.
Step 3: When you have Service Release 1, Download SR-2b Now!
Service Release 2b Download Instructions: Office 97 Service Release 2b (SR-2b) is an update to Office 97 that delivers all of the Year 2000 product fixes developed since the release of Office 97 Service Release 2 (SR-2). For a complete list of product updates in SR-2, read the Knowledge Base article OFF97: List of Fixed Problems in Office 97 for Windows, SR-2.
IMPORTANT: If you have previously installed Office 97 SR-2, you should only install the following two Year 2000 updates for Outlook and Microsoft Jet 3.5:
The Outlook update is explained and available for download in the Knowledge Base article OL97: Year 2000 Dates Are Imported and Exported Incorrectly. The Microsoft Jet 3.5 Service Pack 2 can be obtained via the Knowledge Base article Updated Version of Microsoft Jet 3.5 Available on MSL.