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Installing Office 2000 Without all the Apps

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By Richard Harvey

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Posted: 20 Dec 2000

Current version: ZENworks for Desktops 3

Editor's Note: Richard posted this originally in one of the Novell Support Forums, where we found it, recognized the extreme coolness of his solution, and added it to the Q&A. Here's an updated version along with Richard's contact info, in case you have any questions you'd like to ask him about it.

We were trying to create a distribution of Office 2000 for our users, using ZENworks to kick off the MS Installer, with the customized transform file of Install Everything on First Use. This way we hoped to limit the distribution of the software to users so that up to 1000 users wouldn't be downloading the entire Office Suite at the same time. The problem was that regardless of the transform file used, it installed the entire Office application.

I have found a workaround. When creating the MST file using the Custom Installation Wizard, instead of selecting the applications to Install on First Use, set them to unavailable. I set all the applications (eg, Word, Excel, etc.) to unavailable and the 'Office Tools' and 'Converters and Filters' to Install on First Use. This resulted in only the basic Office 2K application being installed without any of the associated applications (eg, Word, Excel, etc.).

Then, when you want to make an application available to a user, create a NAL object with the command:
setup.exe ADDLOCAL="WORDFiles" /qb+

Similarly, this can be used for making the other Office applications available:

  • setup.exe ADDLOCAL="EXCELFiles" /qb+
  • setup.exe ADDLOCAL="ACCESSFiles" /qb+
  • setup.exe ADDLOCAL="PPTFiles" /qb+

This will then install only those files necessary for the Word 2000 or other specified application, which is exactly what we were looking for, with the added benefit that we can now control exactly who gets what application.

If you have any questions you may contact Richard at

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