To curb piracy and assure that people own the Office product, Microsoft put code into the updates to require the CD to do the update. Without the CD, you may lose the function until you satisfy Microsoft's demands.
Ever feel like you were being held at gunpoint over this? Even if you feel badly about this, there is a workaround which I use if a person is on the road and needs to fix this without running to some store and buying a new Office with CDs. Here it is:
Go to http://www.openoffice.org and download and install Open Office. For most, the SpreadSheet, Word processor and presenter (a powerpoint compatible) will work just fine.
Sorry to see you step into this issue, but you'll need that CD to get out of this trap.
Hello, my work computer has office 2000 sr-1 on it, and I tried downloading something off microsoft(i don't remember what). Now excel won't open without my office 2000 sr-1 CD(which I do not have). My outlook and word work fine, but my toolbar won't open as well. Is there anyway to fix this without the cd(if there is a way), but you can't post it IM me at email@example.com you.