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  • Blog Post: How to view output from the Office Customization Tool

    The Office Resource Kit includes a sample Microsoft Visual Basic script that administrators can use to view the settings stored in Office Customization Tool (OCT) MSP files . The OCT is the primary tool that administrators use to customize an installation of the 2007 Microsoft Office system. The customizations...
  • Blog Post: Cumulative update packages available for the 2007 Microsoft Office core suite applications and 2007 Microsoft Office servers: December, 2008

    The following cumulative update was released on December 16, 2008. For more information, see Cumulative update packages for the 2007 Microsoft Office core suite applications and for 2007 Microsoft Office servers: December 16, 2008 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960709). For more information about...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Office Customization Tool and Windows Installer version

    We've had some questions about the Windows Installer version required by the Office 2010 Office Customization Tool (OCT) and would like to clarify the requirements. In Office 2010, there are two architecture-specific versions of the OCT, one for 32-bit Office 2010 and one for 64-bit Office 2010. The...
  • Blog Post: SP1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 officially released

    Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 is officially released. SP1 contains new fixes for areas of each product as well as all Cumulative Updates and Public Updates that have already shipped . The fixes are contained in a downloadable spreadsheet that is useful to those testing or evaluating...
  • Blog Post: How to customize a configuration for users by using a separate installation folder

    To create a custom configuration for users with specific requirements, you can use the Config.xml file and Setup customization files (MSP files created with the Office Customization Tool), and create a separate installation folder that contains the Setup program and customizations for that group’s configuration...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Group Policy Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool download available

    Microsoft has released Group Policy Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool (OCT) for Office 2010. You can download the files from the Microsoft Download Center: Office 2010 Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool (http://go...
  • Blog Post: Deploying a custom dictionary

    We've had some questions about how to deploy a custom dictionary in an organization. To deploy a custom dictionary, administrators can use the following approach: Create a Visual Basic script to copy the custom dictionary file to the local computer. Update registry settings to use the custom...
  • Blog Post: Customize the 2007 Office system to work with a non-Microsoft e-mail application

    On the off chance that you are considering deploying the 2007 Microsoft Office system to work with a non-Microsoft e-mail application, you’ll want to check out a brand new article that will (hopefully) be published the end of next week: Customize the 2007 Office system to work with a non-Microsoft e...
  • Blog Post: Office Customization Tool: FAQs

    The OCT is the main client customization tool for Office 2010 (and Office 2007). This tool is part of the Setup program and is included only in volume license versions of Office, such as Office 2010 Professional Plus. You use the OCT to configure settings in these areas: Setup Install...
  • Blog Post: How to install Office 2010 applications for a subset of users in your organization

    We have received questions about how to install Microsoft Access 2010 only for some, but not all users in an organization. For example, some enterprises that are deploying Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 may want to deploy Access 2010 only to a subset of users. In such cases, administrators...
  • Blog Post: Using the Office Customization Tool to install a KMS key for Visio 2010

    We've had questions about whether the Office Customization Tool can be used to install a Key Management Service (KMS) key for a volume licensed version of Visio 2010 Standard. The short answer is yes. Here are the details: The Enter another product key option in the Licensing and user interface section...
  • Blog Post: Updated Group Policy and OCT settings reference for Office 2010

    The Group Policy and OCT settings reference (Office2010GroupPolicyAndOCTSettings_Reference.xls ), part of the Office 2010 Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool ( http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=189316 ) download package, has been updated to include information...
  • Blog Post: Office Customization Tool changes in Office 2010

    The Office Customization Tool is part of the Setup program and is the primary tool that administrators use to customize an Office 2010 (and 2007 Office system) client installation. The OCT is included in Volume License versions of Office 2010 such as Office 2010 Professional Plus. Office 2010 includes...
  • Blog Post: Hiding the Ribbon in Office 2010

    Brought to you by our compatibility expert Curtis Sawin Helping users get used to the ribbon is a challenge for IT organizations that are migrating their Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003 environments to Office 2010. Although customer feedback strongly demonstrates that the ribbon is a much better...
  • Blog Post: Using the Updates folder to deploy software updates during an Office 2010 installation

    We've had some questions about deploying Office 2010 software updates by using the Updates folder. The Updates folder is used to store Office Customization Tool (OCT) .msp files (setup customization files) and any Office 2010 software updates that you want to deploy together with an initial installation...
  • Blog Post: Part 2: Customize the 2007 Office system to work with a non-Microsoft e-mail application

    Update April 6th: The full article is finally available on TechNet - Customize the 2007 Office system to work with a non-Microsoft e-mail application . >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>...
  • Blog Post: How to create and deploy custom 2007 Office configurations

    To deploy a custom configuration, perform the following tasks. 1. Create a network installation point · Copy all the files and folders from the 2007 Office system CD to a folder on the network or on your computer. For example, copy the files to \\server\share\Office12. · Copy all language...
  • Blog Post: New Group Policy Administrative Template files available for download

    Updates to the Group Policy Administrative Template files for the 2007 Office system are here! For more information about how to download and use the files, see Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool updates . The download includes the following: Office2007GroupPolicyAndOCTSettings...
  • Blog Post: Office 2013 Preview Administrative Templates and Office Customization Tool download available

    The Office 2013 Preview release includes Administrative Templates (ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool (OCT) files which administrators can download here: Office 2013 Preview Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool . Included in this download is an Excel spreadsheet...
  • Blog Post: Quick tips for the Office Customization Tool (OCT)

    For those of you not familiar with the Office Customization Tool (OCT), it is your main tool for unified setup, customization, and maintenance of the Office 2007 system. It's free and comes with the volume licensed version of the 2007 Office system. It's not in the Office Resource Kit…because the 2007...
  • Blog Post: New articles in the Office Resource Kit

    The Office Resource Kit team has recently published the following articles: Deploying 2007 Office software updates with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc872848.aspx ). Learn about how to use System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to create and...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 deployment scripts

    I received a question about deployment scripts for Office 2007. I’m not one of The Scripting Guys , but I think I can at least point you in the right direction. If you are automating a deployment of Office 2007 with scripts, see our ORK article, Setup command-line options for the 2007 Office system...
  • Blog Post: Updated 2007 Office system Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool available

    Microsoft has released updated Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool for the 2007 Office system. You can download the updates from the Microsoft Download Center: 2007 Office system (SP2) Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool...