Configure a silent, network installation of Office 2010 (including Office 365 version and Lync)

Configure a silent installation of Office 2010 (and Office 365 Office Professional)

Note – To create the source files from the Compressed, Single MicrosoftOffice.exe file that is downloaded in Office 365, you must extract using the procedure documented Customizing the Office Professional Plus deployment.

You can configure a silent installation of Microsoft Office 2010 by using the Config.xml file. The Config.xml file is used to configure installation tasks and is used only when you run Setup. It is not installed or cached on users’ computers. You can edit the Config.xml file to customize an installation.

By default, the Config.xml file that is stored in the core product folder, core_product_folder_name.WW, directs Setup to install that product. For example, if ProPlus.WW is the folder name, the Config.xml file in the ProPlus.WW folder installs Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010.

Modify the Config.xml file to configure a silent installation

To configure a silent installation (unattended installation) of an Office 2010 product that requires no user interaction, modify the Config.xml file for the product that you are installing and set the Display element’s Level attribute to**“none”** (Display Level=“none”), and then save the Config.xml file, as shown in the following procedure. TheDisplay element specifies the level of user interface that Setup displays to users.

To specify silent installation options in Config.xml

  1. Open the Config.xml file for the Office product (such as Office Professional Plus 2010) that you are installing by using a text editor tool, such as Notepad.
  2. Locate the line that contains the Display element, as shown in the following example:

<!-Display Level=“full” CompletionNotice=“yes” SuppressModal=“no” AcceptEula=“no” /> —>

NaN. Modify the Display element entry with the silent options that you want to use. Make sure that you remove the comment delimiters, ”<!—” and ”“. For example, use the following syntax:

Display Level=“none” CompletionNotice=“no” SuppressModal=“yes” AcceptEula=“yes”

These options will direct Setup to run silently, prevent prompting users to enter information, and prevent the installation from waiting for any user interaction. For more information about the syntax and Config.xml, seeDisplay element in Config.xml file in Office 20101.

NaN. Save the Config.xml file.

Make sure that no Office applications are running when you install Office 2010. For example, to install Office Professional Plus 2010 after you modify the Config.xml file to specify silent installation options, use the following command:

serversharesetup.exe /config servershareProPlus.WWconfig.xml


servershare is the path of the Office Professional Plus 2010 source files.

/config is a Setup command-line option that specifies the location of the Config.xml file. See Setup command-line options for Office 20102.

servershareProPlus.WWconfig.xml is the location of your modified Config.xml file for Office Professional Plus 2010.


If you use the Config.xml file to set silent installation options as in the previous example, you will also want to use the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to create a Setup customization file (.msp file) to configure additional installation customizations. For example, you can use the OCT to specify previous versions of Microsoft Office applications to keep or remove. You can also set feature installation states by using the OCT to change the default way in which Office features are installed. For a complete description of the areas that you can configure by using the OCT, see Office Customization Tool in Office 20103. The OCT is available with Volume Licensing editions of Office 2010 (and the 2007 Office system). To determine whether your Office 2010 installation is a Volume Licensing edition, check the Office 2010 installation disk to see whether it contains a folder named Admin. If the Admin folder exists, the disk is a Volume Licensing edition. If the Admin folder does not exist, the disk is a retail edition.You can also set silent installation options by using the OCT. For more information, see the Licensing and user interface4 section in Office Customization Tool in Office 20103. (The Level attribute of the Display element in the Config.xml file is equivalent to the Display Level option in the OCT). In enterprise deployments, we recommend that you set the Display Level to None if using the OCT to ensure that Setup runs silently, to prevent prompting users to enter information, and to prevent the installation from waiting for any user interaction, including when files are being used. Setting the Display Level to None assumes that the Suppress modal and Completion noticeoptions are silenced and that the I accept the terms in the License Agreement check box is selected. As noted previously, administrators must also make sure that no Office applications are running during an installation of Office 2010.

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PS - For Lync: “LyncSetup.exe /Install /Silent” will perform a silent install.

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