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Microsoft KB Archive/171749

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Article ID: 171749

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Office 97 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Outlook 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office 97 Small Business Edition
  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171749


This article explains how to determine whether Microsoft Office 97 (SR-1) is installed.

SR-1 is available as a patch, which you can download to update an existing installation of Microsoft Office 97.

NOTE: Microsoft Office 97 Service Release CD-ROMs and replacement CD-ROMs are no longer available from Microsoft. For additional information about obtaining the Microsoft Office 97 Service Release 1 (SR-1) and Microsoft Office 97 Service Release 2 (SR-2), click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

192874 OFF97: An Overview of Microsoft Office 97 Service Release 2 (SR-2)


To determine whether SR-1 is installed, use any of the following methods.

Method 1: Use the Office 97 Version Checker

Download, install, and run the Office 97 Version Checker, which tells you whether SR-1 is installed.

You can download the Microsoft Office 97 Version Checker from the following Web address:

Method 2: Check the About Dialog Box

To use this method, check the About dialog box in each Office 97 program for an updated version number. For example, to check Microsoft Excel, follow these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Excel 97.
  2. On the Help menu, click About Microsoft Excel.
  3. Determine whether the dialog box contains the following text:

    Microsoft Excel 97 SR-1

Method 3: Check the STF File (for the SR-1 Enterprise Update)

To use this method, open the STF file and check the App Version line for an updated version number. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. On the Start menu, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then click WordPad.
  2. On the File menu, click Open, and then open the following file:

    Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Setup\<filename>.stf

    NOTE: <Filename> depends on the version of Microsoft Office you installed. For example, the Professional version has the following file name:


  3. Note the version in the second line of text. This line appears similar to the following:

         App Version

    The integer 1 that follows 97 identifies SR-1. This number is 0 if SR-1 is not installed. For example, if the CD version of SR-1 is NOT installed, the number appears similar to the following:


    The string 0709 identifies the date (July 9) on which the STF file was created or the date on which Office was installed.

NOTE: The STF displays the new version number only if you use the CD version of SR-1.

Method 4: Check the Registry

The SR-1 patch setup will create a registry key when installed. Check to see if the registry key exists. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. On the Start menu, click Run. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.

    WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows 95. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

    For information about how to edit the registry, view the Changing Keys And Values online Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe). Note that you should make a backup copy of the registry files (System.dat and User.dat) before you edit the registry.
  2. Check to see if the following registry key exists:



For additional information about problems you may encounter installing SR-1, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

173990 OFF97: Troubleshooting the Microsoft Office 97 SR-1 Patch

Additional query words: detect sr1 97sr1_0.txt 97sr1_1.txt sbe

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