Deploying Office 2016, 2013 or 2010 using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

This blog was submitted by Jeremy Chapman, director on the Office team Many organizations use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to deploy Windows with Office to new computers or when re-imaging computers. You can use the tools to deploy just applications, or as part of an operating system + application deployment. If you’ve been deploying…

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How to manage the Start screen for all Microsoft Office 2013 applications

Overview Unlike earlier versions of Microsoft Office, the Microsoft Office 2013 applications, when started, show a Start screen similar to the following, rather than opening the default blank template:   More Information You can use the Office Customization Tool (OCT) or the Group Policy Management Editor to manage this Start screen.   Office Customization Tool (OCT): Note:…

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How to manage the Opt-in or First things first prompt when Microsoft Office 2013 applications are first launched

Overview Like the Office 2010 Welcome screen, Office 2013 shows the following First things first prompt, when a user launches an application for the first time: More Information Administrators can manage this prompt either via the Office Customization Tool or via Group Policy as follows: Office Customization Tool (OCT): Note: The OCT can only be used with…

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How to install Office 2010 with a MAK key and have it perform an automatic activation attempt after install (Part Deux)

In a previous Office Deployment Support Team Blog post, we explained how to automatically activate Office 2010 by using a customized config.xml file and setting element/property, AUTO_ACTIVATE. This blog post will expand on that a bit and explain how to perform the same actions using an MSP file created with the Office Customization Tool (OCT). NOTE: Adding…


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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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…


How to chain additional addins, or programs when deploying Office 2007. Chaining getting started tabs in this example.

We often have customers that want to add additional programs or addins with the Office 2007 installation. Often they will try to use the Office Customization tool to perform this function. Unfortunately the OCT function,  “add installations and run programs”, is not very good at running more than a single additional addin or program. Here…

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2007 Office system (SP2) Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool are available for download.

If your planning on deploying SP2 for Office 2007 don’t forget to update the Office Customization Tool (OCT) and use the latest group policy files. These can both be downloaded as a single package from this link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=73d955c0-da87-4bc2-bbf6-260e700519a8&displaylang=en   One you have AdminTemplates.exe downloaded follow these steps to update the OCT. 1. Double-click AdminTemplates.exe and…

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