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Using GPO to deploy Office 2007 over manually installed Office 2002

I have a base of 25 XP Pro machines in an AD domain with Office XP and Publisher 2002 installed manually at some prior point. I now want to update them to Office 2007 SB which includes Publisher. I would like to install this using GPO. Mostly for practice.  The servers are  2003 R2 .

I know I have to remove the existing Office installation manually before I do this, but I am wondering if it's really worth the trouble. I mean sure next time Office gets updated it would be worth it as the update can occur using the GPO but I have only deployed one item using GPO and it was designed specifically for that purpose so it worked perfectly.

Will Office 2007 be as kind?  I want to do this but I want to be practical too.  I welcome advise and counsel.
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There is an artical on this already with expert Exchange look for the title:

 Complete silent install of Office 2007


Use Group Policy to assign computer startup scripts for 2007 Office deployment

I recommend to use a startup script, if you have no other possibilities to deploy Office 2007. You likely have to adjust the maximum wait time of group policy scripts as described here


Otherwise the script is terminated after 10 minutes which is maybe too short for most productive computers. I used 30 minutes.

Salad-DodgerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the pointers. One would think they (MS) would make this easier to deploy than it is. I bailed on GPO, created a customized XML and went from machine to machine with my son. Took about 2 hours to update 40 machines,  it was painless except for the sneaker-wear.
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