Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2013 8:16 AM (in response to Turtlewiz)
Many updates to Office are only incremental, yes. Microsoft doesn't generally provide "rollup" or "service pack" updates that include a number of incremental updates in a single package. So you probably do need to download each one in turn. Auto Update will download what you need, and if it demands each update in turn, then that's the only route available.
For more information, contact Microsoft support or ask in Microsoft's own forums, Office being their product.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2013 2:52 PM (in response to Turtlewiz)
Use the menu in any open Office app to check for updates. It will determine which updates you need as you apply them, and skip any that are covered in later, minor point releases.
What it should do is update the updater itself, the main Service Pack update, and then 12.3.6, skipping all other minor numbers since 12.3.6 is cumulative (after the Service Pack).
Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2013 6:57 PM (in response to Kurt Lang)
Thanks, Kurt--I understand now.
One reason I was alarmed was that evidently when the tech installed Office 2008, something went awry with either the key installer or the key code, because when I finished the first two updates (12.1 and 12.2), I tried to open Entourage to see if the problem I'd been having was resolved. Instead of opening, Office gave me a message that my product key was invalid! I did find the product key, and called the tech, who will come by to see what's wrong (he's an honest guy, so I'm sure it's a legitimate error of some kind, not a pirated copy). But the thought of installing two pages of updates and maybe running into the same glitch every time made me blanch. So I'm glad to know that Microsoft is still doing Service Packs for 2008!