Unattended Office 97 pro Installation onto Windows XP
Posted on 2004-10-21
Firstly, I know nothing about scripting or packaging but had a general question about installing Office 97 onto XP. Due to a license issue we are going to install Office 97 onto XP.
The problem relates to security. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but if I installed office manually onto a machine be it 2000 or XP as an administrator I also need to 'initialise' office by opeing the applications etc. When thats done, a normal domain user can run office as per normal. Something must write to the registry under the administrative privilege when Office starts the very first time.
Now the guy who is packaging office XP (we operate an enterprise software delivery mechanism - msi format) wants the whole of the registry essentialty open to accomdate this 'initialisation' sequence. I don't want to do this as its a huge security risk.
So my question is there must surely be a way to deliver office 97 as an MSI, so that it gets delivered to the users workstation and the domain user can use it straight away without having to break the whole security structure of the XP machine.
Apologies if I'm not clear but hopefully you get the gist of what I am saying.