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How To Slipstream Office 2007 SP2 on the CD

Office 2007 use the Updates folder from the installation media to install any new updates that it finds in the folder, however the updates need to be in the .msp file format for them to be recognized. Since the Office 2007 SP2 update file is delivered in the .exe format, an extra step is required before being able to proceed:

First, you should copy the contents of the Office 2007 CD/DVD to a temporary folder. For our example I'll use D:\Office2007. I have also copied (office2007sp2-kb953195-fullfile-en-us.exe) to the root of the D:\ drive.

Then, using the Run command in Windows XP/Vista (WinKey+R), or in command prompt run the following command:

D:\office2007sp2-kb953195-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract:D:\Office2007\Updates\

replacing D:\ with wherever you stored the Office 2007 SP2 update file and D:\Office2007\ with wherever you stored the Office 2007 files. 
After agreeing to the Microsoft Software License Terms, SP2 will be extracted to D:\Office2007\Updates\.

That's it! Just start the setup for Office 2007 and the updates for SP2 will then be picked up and installed during the setup. The same method applies to any other Office 2007 SP2 update.

You may also now burn the files to the DVD so you have SP2 integrated in your installation.


Sending reported error (0x80042109): 'Outlook cannot connect to your outoing (SMTP) e-mail server'

I've received the following error for all my accounts on a fresh installation of Outlook 2010.

Sending' reported error (0x80042109): 'Outlook cannot connect to your outoing (SMTP) e-mail server. If you continue to receive this message, contact your server administrator or Internet service provider (ISP).'

I've noticed that Microsoft has changed the default SMTP port in Outlook 2010 from 25 to 587 as you can see in the picture below.

Outlook 2010 setup

So, if your ISP's SMTP server does not allow port 587, you won't be able to send e-mails until you change the SMTP port to 25.


How To Change an IP address, Gateway and DNS, WINS servers using command prompt


Changing TCP/IP settings using the GUI property is fairly simple. If you have to change IP address settings using CMD to automate the process, here's how to do it:

To change an IP address and DNS server setting using the built-in utility in Windows called “Netsh” we'll do the following:

Run Netsh click on start then RUN and type CMD press ENTER.

When the command prompt comes up type Netsh, now you should be ready to execute commands. For a start, type “interface ip show config“ that will show up the TCP/IP network settings.

To change the Local Area Connection TCP/IP settings including an IP address, subnet mask and default gateway, type the following command:

interface ip set address name=”Local Area Connection” static

As you can see, we changed the network properties for “Local Area Connection”.

Changing the DNS IP address is almost identical as the procedure above, type the following command on the Netsh prompt:

interface ip set dns “Local Area Connection” static

To setup a secondary DNS type the following:

interface ip add dns "Local Area Connection"

To Setup WINS, type the following command:

interface ip set wins “Local Area Connection” static

To set the network properties to obtain the IP address from a DHCP server, type the following command:

interface ip set address “Local Area Connection” dhcp

To set DNS to obtain IP address automatically type the following:

netsh interface ip set dns “Local Area Connection” dhcp

If you want to use the batch script to automate this process you can do the following:

netsh int ip set address "Local Area Connection" static 1



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