Office 2016 Click-to-Run Installations: How to Customize

Microsoft distributes Office 2016 to consumers and Office 365 users using Click-To-Run, a streaming and virtualization technology that’s based on App-V.

If we need to control customise the Office installation process let’s see what steps should be done (In this case we need to distribute Office from an intranet location):

Download the Office Deployment Tool (Once you’ve downloaded the deployment tool, run it to extract the files to your PC)

Create/Edit a Custom Configuration File configuration.xml. Open configuration.xml using your lovely text editor, and add the source path for the installation files (remember to use FQDN format ;)):

We can add one or more Product ID elements in the configuration file. Here is a list of the supported Product IDs:

  • ProPlusRetail
  • ProfessionalRetail
  • HomeStudentRetail
  • HomeBusinessRetail
  • O365ProPlusRetail
  • O365HomePremRetail
  • O365BusinessRetail
  • O365SmallBusPremRetail
  • VisioProRetail
  • ProjectProRetail
  • SPDRetail

If we want to exclude applications from the installation, we have to use the ExcludeApp ID element as many times as needed:

  • Access
  • Excel
  • Groove
  • InfoPath
  • Lync
  • OneNote
  • Outlook
  • PowerPoint
  • Project
  • Publisher
  • SharePointDesigner
  • Visio
  • Word

Download Setup Files. Place setup.exe and configuration.xml into the network location we will use for distribution. Run the following command line:

Install Customized Office 2016 Click-to-Run:
I think you will be OK to do some adjustments if you would like to distribute customised Office through SCCM. If not, send me a message 😉

Written by Misha Hanin

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