Unattended MS-Office Installation

The Definitive How-to guide for preparing an unattended installer for Office 2003

Note that previous Office versions recommended installing from an administrative install point, however from Office 2003 Microsoft now recommends using the Office Local Cache for deployment. Although this takes up an additional 290MB of local disk space and you cannot slipstream patches to the source, it will save a lot of time and headaches later if you manage a lot of desktop and laptop computers. See here

Since slipstreaming is no longer recommended, you can use a batch file to add hotfixes

Alternatively, you can build a slipstreamed All-In-One (5 Office CDs compressed into one 600MB CD) which uses local cache by following the instructions at Note that you should read the whole thread before starting this project as there are a few corrections in later posts.

There are links to a utility that helps make an AIO CD here

If you want to install Office 2003 at T-12, you need an AutoIt script to click Ignore to skip the error message from Dr Watson. Get the script here

There is a detailed guide on slipstreaming service packs and hotfixes into Office 2003 at

Download the latest service packs and hotfixes from Office 2003 Administrative Updates

Keep your Office installation up to date by visiting the Microsoft Office Update site at

You can also install the Office Update Installation Engine using the method at

If you need to install Multilanguage User Interfaces to your Office installations, theres a great guide here but note that Office 2003 MUI packs are available only for volume license customers.

To reinstall a PC or migrate to a new PC you can copy users Office settings using the Office Save My Settings Wizard described here

Reduce the size of your Office 2003 installation source with Office Shrinker. The installation source with just Word and Excel can be reduced to under 40MB

Keep up to date with Microsofts Office Admin Update Center

If you ever get an unattended Office 2003 CD completed, make it look professional by printing CD labels for it from




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