Batch Install of Software on 20 PCs

i have office 2007 with volume license key. when i start the .exe it asks first for key to continue. once i copy and paste key, and click continue, i need to check the box to agree to terms and click continue again. next, i choose custom install. i choose to keep all previous MS Office versions, and then also i choose to install Publisher 2007 ONLY. all the setup files are located in one folder, on a windows 2003 share. the 20 client pcs have access to this share which is something like \\server\share\setup.exe.

is there a way to customize this installation to do what i do above with a script? even if i could do a portion of the install with a script that would be great -- meaning, for example, a script would open the exe file and auto fill the key, and then end there or something like that...anything to make installation not so tedious.

thanks for any hints.

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You need to run "setup.exe /admin" from this folder and complete the wizard; this will create an msp file that can be used to pre-configure the installation.
Check these for details:

What's new in Setup for the 2007 Office system

Customize the 2007 Office system

Customize Setup before installing the 2007 Office system

Office Customization Tool in the 2007 Office system

Distribute product updates for the 2007 Office system

Deploying the 2007 Office system

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lukefunoAuthor Commented:
hello! i was able to create the MSP file correctly. thanks for the information. i have another challenge though. could i push my pc to the 20pc on network if i have their IPs? i mean do i physically need to be there in the computer lab, navigate to the server share, and the then double click on "setup.exe" and then click on the "Upgrade" button to do each installtion? could you help me in this area? thanks, Lf
That's basically a new question, but for starters: you have several possibilities:

* if it's in a domain, you can deploy the software using a "native" Software Installation Group Policy.
HOW TO: Use Group Policy to Remotely Install Software in Windows Server 2003

* if it's in a domain, you can deploy the software using a Group Policy Startup(!) Script in which you run the command line for an unattended install.

* Whether in domain or a workgroup, you can use PsExec ( to start it remotely.

* Or you can of course (if RDP is enabled on the client machines) logon remotely instead of logging on to the consoles.
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