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Office Update Error 646 Are You Kidding Me?

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office' started by mb, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. mb

    mb Flightless Bird

    Forgive me if this has been covered a zillion times, but the many
    references I find on the web are conflicting and ultimately not helpful.

    I first encountered this error during a routine Windows update on my
    previous system. All the Win 7 updates were applied as normal, but the
    two latest Office 2007 updates failed due to error 646. I clean my
    registry as part of weekly maintenance, so I was dubios of those
    articles suggesting registry conflicts as the cause, not to mention the
    fact that I had no problem with Office updates in the past. In any
    case, I ended up apply the two fixes manually and all was fine.

    Flash forward to today. I built a new i7 system and installed a full
    version of Win 7 on a brand new out of the static package hard drive.
    Everything went smoothly and I installed Office 2007 Pro. It
    automatically attempted to update itself and all 19 updates, including
    service pack 2, failed due to this error! How could there be registry
    conflicts on a pristine system? No other software was even installed at
    that point. All the Win 7 updates proceeded without a hitch. I can't
    help but suspect that something is happening on Microsoft's side and the
    thought of doing 19 manual updates is not terribly appealing to me. Any
    useful information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    mb
     
  2. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    Error 646 = You need to put in your Office install CD\DVD into your machine while
    downloading and installing updates from Windows or Microsoft Updates. That solves
    the error 646 issue

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    "mb" <relax@home.net> wrote in message
    news:MPG.266ee84ecc8275d0989683@news.east.cox.net...
    > Forgive me if this has been covered a zillion times, but the many
    > references I find on the web are conflicting and ultimately not helpful.
    >
    > I first encountered this error during a routine Windows update on my
    > previous system. All the Win 7 updates were applied as normal, but the
    > two latest Office 2007 updates failed due to error 646. I clean my
    > registry as part of weekly maintenance, so I was dubios of those
    > articles suggesting registry conflicts as the cause, not to mention the
    > fact that I had no problem with Office updates in the past. In any
    > case, I ended up apply the two fixes manually and all was fine.
    >
    > Flash forward to today. I built a new i7 system and installed a full
    > version of Win 7 on a brand new out of the static package hard drive.
    > Everything went smoothly and I installed Office 2007 Pro. It
    > automatically attempted to update itself and all 19 updates, including
    > service pack 2, failed due to this error! How could there be registry
    > conflicts on a pristine system? No other software was even installed at
    > that point. All the Win 7 updates proceeded without a hitch. I can't
    > help but suspect that something is happening on Microsoft's side and the
    > thought of doing 19 manual updates is not terribly appealing to me. Any
    > useful information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    >
    > mb
    >
    >
     
  3. mb

    mb Flightless Bird

    Placing the installation disk in the drive didn't work. All 19 Office
    2007 updates failed again. Any ideas short of manually installing each
    one? Thanks.

    mb

    In article <MPG.266ee84ecc8275d0989683@news.east.cox.net>,
    relax@home.net says...
    >
    > Forgive me if this has been covered a zillion times, but the many
    > references I find on the web are conflicting and ultimately not helpful.
    >
    > I first encountered this error during a routine Windows update on my
    > previous system. All the Win 7 updates were applied as normal, but the
    > two latest Office 2007 updates failed due to error 646. I clean my
    > registry as part of weekly maintenance, so I was dubios of those
    > articles suggesting registry conflicts as the cause, not to mention the
    > fact that I had no problem with Office updates in the past. In any
    > case, I ended up apply the two fixes manually and all was fine.
    >
    > Flash forward to today. I built a new i7 system and installed a full
    > version of Win 7 on a brand new out of the static package hard drive.
    > Everything went smoothly and I installed Office 2007 Pro. It
    > automatically attempted to update itself and all 19 updates, including
    > service pack 2, failed due to this error! How could there be registry
    > conflicts on a pristine system? No other software was even installed at
    > that point. All the Win 7 updates proceeded without a hitch. I can't
    > help but suspect that something is happening on Microsoft's side and the
    > thought of doing 19 manual updates is not terribly appealing to me. Any
    > useful information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    >
    > mb
     
  4. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Perhaps this thread.
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com.../thread/15dbd830-e0ed-4995-8f20-911470915515/

    mb wrote:
    > Placing the installation disk in the drive didn't work. All 19 Office
    > 2007 updates failed again. Any ideas short of manually installing each
    > one? Thanks.
    >
    > mb
    >
    > In article <MPG.266ee84ecc8275d0989683@news.east.cox.net>,
    > relax@home.net says...
    >
    >>Forgive me if this has been covered a zillion times, but the many
    >>references I find on the web are conflicting and ultimately not helpful.
    >>
    >>I first encountered this error during a routine Windows update on my
    >>previous system. All the Win 7 updates were applied as normal, but the
    >>two latest Office 2007 updates failed due to error 646. I clean my
    >>registry as part of weekly maintenance, so I was dubios of those
    >>articles suggesting registry conflicts as the cause, not to mention the
    >>fact that I had no problem with Office updates in the past. In any
    >>case, I ended up apply the two fixes manually and all was fine.
    >>
    >>Flash forward to today. I built a new i7 system and installed a full
    >>version of Win 7 on a brand new out of the static package hard drive.
    >>Everything went smoothly and I installed Office 2007 Pro. It
    >>automatically attempted to update itself and all 19 updates, including
    >>service pack 2, failed due to this error! How could there be registry
    >>conflicts on a pristine system? No other software was even installed at
    >>that point. All the Win 7 updates proceeded without a hitch. I can't
    >>help but suspect that something is happening on Microsoft's side and the
    >>thought of doing 19 manual updates is not terribly appealing to me. Any
    >>useful information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    >>
    >>mb

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