After reading the above and knowing I've commented before on AutoPatcher and Office the following is what I just finished as a test:
Ran APUP to verify updates/patches/fixes/etc are updated as of today 12 April 2008 1400 hours Pacific DST.
Ran Microsfoft Update > Custom: No updates listed as missing/required on system - WinXP Pro w/SP2 and ALL updates or Office 2003 w/SP3
Ran Office Update: Required Updates - No updates: "Your Office products are up-to-date"
Microsoft Windows - Critical Updates: None (all blue)
Microsoft Windows - Recommended updates: Group Policy Preference Client Side Extension for Windows XP (KB943729) - only one in black - put check mark in box
Microsoft Windows - Updated Components: Windows Defender v1.1.1593.21; Internet Explorer 7 for WinXP; Windows PowerShell 1.0 for WinXP SP2 (KB926139); and Windows Desktop Search 3.01 for WinXP (KB917013) all in black - not selected, items not wanted on system.
Microsft Windows Genuine Advantage - None (both blue)
Microsoft Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) - One black, one blue: Item description is the same for both, selected the one listed in black, check mark in box.
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack 2007 - Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 1 is black - selected with check mark; Security Update for the 2007 Microsoft Office System )KB947801) is blue.
Microsoft Office 2003 - all items blue except for: Update for Outlook 2003 (KB943649), item selected with check mark in box.
Microsoft Office 2003 Viewers - one item, blue.
Microsoft Office Addons -
Access Addons - one - blue.
Agent 2.0 Characters and Utilities - all blue.
Excel Addons - MSN Money Stock Quotes is blue; three others black - selected.
Outlook Addons - Personal Folders Backup for Outlook is blue; four others black - selected.
PowerPoint Addons - all blue.
Visio Addons - one - blue.
Word Addons - all blue.
Desktop Language Settings Addon - black - not selected, not needed.
Office Update Runtime - black - selected.
Live Meeting Add-in Pack - black - selected.
Microsoft Captions Language Interface Pack (CLIP) - black - not selected, not needed.
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 - black - selected.
Windows Addons -
Microsoft PowerToys for WinXP - all blue
Tweakui - Tweakui 2.10 - black - not selected because - see next
Tweakui Control Panel Shortcut - blue - Tweakui IS installed as a PowerToys download; not from within AutoPatcher. AutoPatcher fails to identify because?
BLUE items: DirectX 9.0c Control Panel; Internet Explorer Spellcheck Tool v2.5.1; Microsoft Silverlight; Macromedia (Adobe) Flash Player 188.8.131.52 for I.E.; Macromedia (Adobe) Shockwave Palyer 184.108.40.2069.
Black items: not selected, not needed, not listed.
Registry Tweaks - not listed here.
Ran AutoPatcher with items selected as indicated above; system rebooted upon completion; started AutoPatcher - none of the items selected above are shown in blue - all are still black. So, what is the problem with AutoPatcher?
Also, I should mention that this was probably the tenth time I opted to let AutoPatcher try to update most of the above listed (black) items.