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Network installation click-to-run v.s. msi

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Hello EE,

We have limited bandwidth so all updates go through a sus server.  Users are currently on Office 2010 pro plus and I'd like to replace that with office 365 pro plus.

I am playing with the click-to-run and trying to determine what it would buy us to run it v.s. the traditional method of having users click the network share and run setup.exe.

Can click-to-run overwrite existing office?
We can turn off updates I see and let our SUS server do it?
It mentions streaming with click-to-run, is that only during install setup or ongoing if you have it checking updates or other times as well?
Given I am turning updates off am I left with pretty much an .msi?

Thanks for your input!
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by:John Hurst
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I cannot answer your question directly.

My experience is this:

1. On a new build of my own ThinkPad to Windows 8.1, I went to the office live link and it had to download Office 365/Office 2013 over the internet to install.

2. Standalone Office 2013 you can purchase (expensive) and install offline.

3. Office 365 subscription does not come offline and must be downloaded. This is true for individuals and small businesses.  I do not know about enterprise business.

4. As a matter of practice, I uninstall old and install new. I get better results this way. Can it overwrite?  Probably, but I still do not recommend it.

5. Click to run is used for install and for updates. If you turn updates off, certainly Office will not update. But I am pretty sure (for small installations) you must use Click to run in order to install.

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by:bergquistcompany
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In our corporate facility we have the user run the setup as it allows them to work around their schedule best.  We've always had them select update to go from 2007 to 2010 and would expect the same for 2013.  

I am trying to determine the advantages of click-to-run as it doesn't appear to all me to overwrite my existing office and with updates off does it buy me any advantage to use this method of installation?
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by:John Hurst
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I think Microsoft has very much changed the rules and much individualized things. In a small environment, it works like I laid out above and I have to live with it that way.

Perhaps contact Microsoft and see if volume corporate licensing can help you.

I still always recommend uninstalling Office before installing the next version. I do that no matter the licensing arrangement.

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by:bergquistcompany
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I have spoke with them and we can roll it out from a network share click to run or MSI.
I have tested the click-to-run and we have a sus server so won't utilize it for updates.  I understand the installation is faster, but without needing it for updates and requiring the users to uninstall the previous version amd wondering what the benefit is of this for my environment v.s. the MSI?
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I don't think there is any benefit to Click to Run vs. MSI; they are just different.

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So if I need the old version removed, don't need updates, would there be a reason to use click-to-run?
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@bergquistcompany - What I found (in 3 installs) is Click to Run installs a fully updated version of Office. Most recently I did this about a week ago and there have been no further updates (at least until yesterday).  

Thanks, and I was happy to help you with this.

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