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Setup properties in Office 2010

Published: May 12, 2010

Most of Windows Installer properties that were previously used to customize and control Office installations were replaced in the 2007 Microsoft Office system by options in the Office Customization Tool (OCT) or elements in the Config.xml file. The following information also applies to Microsoft Office 2010.

In versions of Microsoft Office earlier than the 2007 Microsoft Office system, you used Windows Installer properties to customize and control the Office installation. The Setup process was redesigned in the 2007 Microsoft Office system release, and most of these functions were replaced by options in the Office Customization Tool (OCT) or elements in the Config.xml file. The following information also applies to Microsoft Office 2010.

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Property quick reference

The following table summarizes the recognized Windows Installer properties that you might have used in versions of Office earlier than the 2007 Office system. The table shows if the functionality of that property is blocked and replaced by options in the OCT or Config.xml, or if the property is available for use. More detail is provided in the following sections.

Property Use in Office 2010

ADDDEFAULT

Replaced

ADDLOCAL

Replaced

ADDSOURCE

Replaced

ADVERTISE

Replaced

ALLUSERS

Blocked

ARPAUTHORIZEDCDFPREFIX

Replaced

ARPCOMMENTS

Replaced

ARPCONTACTS

Replaced

ARPHELPLINK

Replaced

ARPHELPTELEPHONE

Replaced

ARPINSTALLLOCATION

Replaced

ARPNOMODIFY

Replaced

ARPNOREMOVE

Replaced

ARPNOREPAIR

Replaced

ARPPRODUCTICON

Replaced

ARPREADME

Replaced

ARPSIZE

Replaced

ARPSYSTEMCOMPONENT

Replaced

ARPURLINFOABOUT

Replaced

ARPURLUPDATEINFO

Replaced

CCP_DRIVE

Replaced

COMPADDLOCAL

Replaced

COMPADDSOURCE

Replaced

COMPANYNAME

Replaced

DISABLEROLLBACK

Blocked

EXECUTEACTION

Blocked

EXECUTEMODE

Blocked

FILEADDDEFAULT

Replaced

FILEADDLOCAL

Replaced

FILEADDSOURCE

Replaced

HIDEUPDATEUI

Available

INSTALLLEVEL

Blocked

INSTALLLOCATION

Replaced

LIMITUI

Replaced

LOGACTION

Blocked

MEDIAPACKAGEPATH

Blocked

NOCOMPANYNAME

Replaced

NOUSERNAME

Replaced

PIDKEY

Replaced

PRIMARYFOLDER

Available

PROMPTROLLBACKCOST

Blocked

REBOOTPROMPT

Blocked

REINSTALL

Blocked

REMOVE

Replaced

ROOTDRIVE

Available

SEQUENCE

Blocked

SETUP_REBOOT

Available

SOURCELIST

Replaced

TARGETDIR

Replaced

UNINSTALL

Blocked

USERNAME

Replaced

Available properties

The following properties can be used when you install Office 2010 (and the 2007 Office system):

  • HIDEUPDATEUI – If set to True, hides the Check for Updates button on the completion dialog box. This property is ignored if the completion dialog box is not displayed. The default value is False.

  • PRIMARYFOLDER – Designates a primary folder for the installation.

  • ROOTDRIVE – Specifies the default drive for the destination folder of the installation. The value for this property must end with '\'.

  • SETUP_REBOOT – Determines how Setup restarts the computer after installation. You must use all uppercase letters, SETUP_REBOOT.

    • AutoAlways – Always initiate a restart. Do not prompt the user.

    • Always – Always prompt for a restart at the end of Setup.

    • IfNeeded – Prompt for a restart at the end of Setup, if Setup requires a restart. (Default)

    • AutoIfNeeded – Initiate a restart, if Setup requires a restart. Do not prompt the user.

    • Never – Never initiate or prompt for a restart.

You set these properties in the Modify Setup properties page of the OCT, or the Setting element in the Config.xml file.

Replaced properties

A number of Windows Installer properties are replaced by options in the OCT or in the Config.xml file. Some properties are not applicable in Office 2010 (or in the 2007 Office system) because of Setup design changes that were introduced in the 2007 version of the product. All of these properties are blocked by Setup. That is, if you specify any of these properties in the OCT Modify Setup properties page, or with the Config.xml Setting element, Setup will end the installation.

The following table lists blocked properties whose functions are replaced by options in the OCT or by elements in the Config.xml file.

Property Replacement OCT option Replacement Config.xml element

SOURCELIST (in LIS element)

Additional network sources

SOURCELIST attribute in LIS element

COMPANYNAME

Installation location and organization name

COMPANYNAME element

INSTALLLOCATION

Installation location and organization name

INSTALLLOCATION element

TARGETDIR

Installation location and organization name

INSTALLLOCATION element

LIMITUI

Licensing and user interface

Display element

PIDKEY

Licensing and user interface

PIDKEY element

ARPAUTHORIZEDCDFPREFIX

None

ARP element

ARPCOMMENTS

None

ARP element

ARPCONTACTS

None

ARP element

ARPHELPLINK

None

ARP element

ARPHELPTELEPHONE

None

ARP element

ARPINSTALLLOCATION

None

ARP element

ARPNOMODIFY

None

ARP element

ARPNOREMOVE

None

ARP element

ARPNOREPAIR

None

ARP element

ARPPRODUCTICON

None

ARP element

ARPREADME

None

ARP element

ARPSIZE

None

ARP element

ARPSYSTEMCOMPONENT

None

ARP element

ARPURLINFOABOUT

None

ARP element

ARPURLUPDATEINFO

None

ARP element

NOCOMPANYNAME

None

None

NOUSERNAME

None

None

USERNAME

None

USERNAME element

ADDDEFAULT

Set feature installation states

OptionState element

ADDLOCAL

Set feature installation states

OptionState element

ADDSOURCE

Set feature installation states

OptionState element

ADVERTISE

Set feature installation states

OptionState element

COMPADDLOCAL

Set feature installation states

OptionState element

COMPADDSOURCE

Set feature installation states

OptionState element

FILEADDDEFAULT

Set feature installation states

OptionState element

FILEADDLOCAL

Set feature installation states

OptionState element

FILEADDSOURCE

Set feature installation states

OptionState element

REMOVE

Set feature installation states

OptionState element

The following properties are replaced by Setup command-line options for Office 2010:

  • REINSTALL – Use the Setup /repair command-line option.

  • UNINSTALL – Use the Setup /uninstall command-line option.

Blocked properties

The following properties are no longer applicable in Office 2010 (and in the 2007 Office system) and are blocked. That is, if you specify these properties in the OCT Modify Setup properties page, or with the Config.xml Setting element, Setup will end the installation.

  • ALLUSERS (All installations of Office 2010 and the 2007 Office system are per-computer.)

  • DISABLEROLLBACK

  • EXECUTEACTION

  • EXECUTEMODE

  • INSTALLLEVEL

  • LOGACTION

  • MEDIAPACKAGEPATH

  • PROMPTROLLBACKCOST

  • REBOOTPROMPT

  • SEQUENCE

Office activation

The Microsoft policy for Office 2010 requires the activation of all editions of Office 2010, including those obtained through a Volume Licensing program. This requirement applies to Office 2010 running on both physical computers and virtual computers. Activation is not required for any Office 2010 server products, including Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Project Server 2010, or for any version of Microsoft Exchange Server.

Office Activation Technologies provide the following methods for activating products licensed under Microsoft Volume Licensing programs:

  • Key Management Service (KMS) – KMS uses a KMS host key to activate a KMS host computer and establish a local activation service in your environment. Office 2010 connects to the local KMS host for activation.

  • Multiple Activation Key (MAK) – With a MAK, clients activate Office 2010 online by using the Microsoft hosted activation servers or by telephone.

  • A combination of KMS and MAK.

For more information about the licensing options in Office 2010, including instructions for configuring the KMS host and port number, see the Volume activation overview for Office 2010 and Volume activation quick start guide for Office 2010.

For information about Office 2010 product activation via the Internet or phone for non-volume licensed versions of Office 2010 products, see “Activate Microsoft Office programs” on the Office Online Web site.

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