Office 2007 installation using OCT or config.xlm
Posted on 2009-12-22
I need advice on the best way to proceed with Office 2007 deployment for my company. I recently upgrade all computers to Outlook 2007 and left the rest of Office 2003 intact. In the coming months I need to upgrade the rest of the suite. I created a custom .msp file using the OCT to deploy Outlook. All went well. One snag is that on the Remove Previous Version section of the OCT, I didn't accept the default behavior and instead told it to only remove Outlook. I created a new .msp to enables the rest of the suite but when I deploy that it doesn't remove 2003. I understand this to be by design and I can get around it by running the uninstall msiexec command. The new .msp enables the rest of the suite but when I try to open Word or another program for the first time it proceeds to finish the install. In the .msp I selected 'run all from my computer'. How can I get around this so that the users don't have to install on first use? Is modifying the config.xml file a better route at this point?