Troubleshooting Office installation failures

  This blog will cover techniques on how to identify and resolve Office installation failures. The techniques described can be applied to the installation of Office 2003-2010, and Office patches. ENABLE VERBOSE LOGGING The first thing to do when troubleshooting Office install failures is to ensure that MSI verbose logging is enabled. In Office 2007/2010…

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Volume License editions of Visio 2010 install Premium edition by default

  KMS host key = This key is obtained from the VLSC. This is the key that you would use during the install of the KMS host when setting up a Office 2010 KMS server KMS Client Key = This is a generic key that is hardcoded into all of the Office 2010 client products….

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Office 2010 Deployment Workshops and experts coming soon to a city near you…

Thinking about deploying Microsoft Office 2010 in your environment? Curious about the how, when, and whys of a customized deployment of Office? Do you want your installation of Office to go as easily and smoothly as possible? If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, you should consider attending one of the…


Understanding 64-bit versions of Office 2010 and related deployment considerations, advantages, and disadvantages

If you are considering the deployment of a 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010, it is important to understand the differences between the 32 and 64-bit versions, and be aware of the deployment considerations. See the following blog posts and TechNet articles for related information: Microsoft Office Product Development Group blog post, Understanding 64-Bit Office…


Office 2010 Activation errors – 0xC004F074 "…No Key Management Service (KMS) could be contacted" and 0xc004f050 "The Software Licensing service reported that the product key is invalid"

When launching Office 2010 applications, a message appears indicating that Office is not activated. Attempts to activate Office may result in the following error:   “Error 0xC004F074: The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer could not be activated. No Key Management Service (KMS) could be contacted. Please see the Application Event Log for additional…


How to check the activation type and status of Office 2010 installations

Use the following steps to see detailed information about what type of activation your Office 2010 installation us using and what the status of your activation is. Open an administrative level command prompt. Navigate to the Office14 folder: 32bit Office on 64bit OS – “cd \Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14” 32bit Office on 32bit OS and…

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Multiple Exchange accounts created in Outlook 2010 with existing Outlook profiles after upgrading from an earlier Office version using a custom MSP

  7/19/2011 UPDATE: This issue has been addressed in the Service Pack 1 (SP1) version of the Office Customization Tool (OCT).   To prevent multiple Exchange accounts from being created in one profile when you upgrade users to Outlook 2010, you must download and use the Service Pack 1 (SP1) version of the OCT, which…


Managing Office 2010 Activations using the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT 2.0)

If you are deploying volume editions of Office 2010 using KMS or MAK activation, the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 2.0 can be used to manage activation for these products. In this video I walk you through using VAMT 2.0 to activate Office 2010 installations and manage Office 2010 product keys. If you haven’t already…

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