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Run Setup from a network installation point

Published: May 16, 2012

After you create a network installation point for Microsoft Office 2010, you can install Office on a user's computer by running the Setup program. Setup handles all the installation functions for Office 2010. This includes applying any customizations that you specify.

For information about how to create a network installation point, see Create a network installation point for Office 2010.

Office 2010 introduces native 64-bit versions of Office products to take advantage of the larger capacity of 64-bit processors. This lets users work with much larger data sets than they previously could and to analyze and solve large computational problems. This additional capacity is only needed by Office users who require Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that are larger than 2 gigabyte (GB), for example. The 32-bit version of Office 2010 provides the same functionality and is also compatible with 32-bit add-ins, which is why Office 2010 installs the 32-bit version by default. The 64-bit Office client installs only on 64-bit editions of Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 and 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1. For more information, see 64-bit editions of Office 2010.

For information about how to customize the installation, see the following resources:

Install an Office 2010 product

Use the following procedure to install an Office 2010 product by running Setup from a network installation point.

To install an Office product

  1. If you created a Setup customization file (.msp file) by using the Office Customization Tool (OCT), copy the file to the Updates folder that is located in the root of the network installation point. For information about how to use the OCT, see Office Customization Tool in Office 2010.

  2. To customize the Config.xml file, edit the copy of Config.xml that is located in the product folder on the network installation point. For example, the product folder for Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 is ProPlus.WW. For information about how to use the Config.xml file, see Config.xml file in Office 2010.

  3. Run Setup.exe from the root of the network installation point. Setup installs the product that resides in the network installation point and applies the customizations that you entered in the Config.xml file and in the Setup customization file.

    Important Important:

    If you want to install 64-bit Office 2010, run Setup.exe from the x64 folder. For example, navigate to the \\server\share\Office14\x64 folder in the network installation point, and then double-click Setup.exe.

    If there are multiple Office products on the network installation point, Setup prompts you to select the product that you want to install. You can also identify the product to install by using the /config command-line option to specify the Config.xml file that resides in the core product folder for that product. For example, to install Office Professional Plus 2010, run the following command: \\server\share\Office14\setup.exe /config \\server\share\Office14\ProPlus.WW\Config.xml

    Setup installs the product associated with the Config.xml file that you specify without prompting you to select the product. For information about the /config setup command-line option, see /config [path] in Setup command-line options for Office 2010.

For information about the setup process, see Setup architecture overview for Office 2010.

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