Customize the 2007 Office system

Updated: November 16, 2006

Applies To: Office Resource Kit

This Office product will reach end of support on October 10, 2017. To stay supported, you will need to upgrade. For more information, see , Resources to help you upgrade your Office 2007 servers and clients.


Topic Last Modified: 2008-10-14

After you create a network installation point, but before you install the 2007 Microsoft Office system, you can use the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to create a Setup customization file to configure the installation for your users. You can use the OCT to alter the way that Setup performs the installation and to configure Office applications on the user's computer.

Using the OCT to customize Office

  1. From the root of the network installation point, run the following command line to start the Office Customization Tool: \\server\share\setup.exe /admin.

  2. In the Select Product dialog box, select a single product that you want to customize, and click OK.

  3. In the left pane, select an area of customization and customize the options available in the right pane. For example, to configure Setup to run quietly, select Licensing and user interface in the left pane, and choose None for Display level in the right pane.

  4. When you finish making your customizations, select Save As... in the File menu.

  5. Specify a unique name for the file and save the file in the Updates folder of the network installation point.

  6. Click Save.

When you run Setup.exe from the network installation point, Setup looks in the Updates folder for Setup customization files for the product that you are installing. Setup then applies your customizations to the installation.

The following topics offer more information on how to customize specific aspects of the installation:

For complete information about the OCT, see Office Customization Tool in the 2007 Office system.

The following customizations can only be made using the Config.xml file:

  • Specifying the path to the network installation point

  • Selecting which product to install

  • Customizing Setup options such as logging and the location of the Setup customization file and software updates

  • Setting installation options such as user and company name

  • Copying the local installation source (LIS) to the user's computer without installing Office

  • Adding or removing languages from the installation

For more information on how to use the Config.xml file, see Config.xml file in the 2007 Office system.