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  • I have been looking all over the 'net and cannot find an answer anywhere at all.  What my boss and I are trying to figure out is how Microsoft Office installs itself.  Does it look for a specific product key, or is it the information bundled in the Setup.exe file?  The reason I am asking this is because we have been looking to do unattended installs for Office (2007) in our building and are trying to figure out how Office determines what software to install.  The tricky part is that we have used keys in the past to install different versions of Office 2007 and the same key worked for Standard, Enterprise, and Student version.  Which is why I'm wondering if I can get any answers from anyone about what is the deciding factor for what the product being installed is.
    Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:04 PM

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  • Hello DDRDiesel,

    If this is your question, "how Microsoft Office installs itself" then you will not get an answer in this forum, as the question is off-topic.

    Maybe start here?  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905369.aspx

    Or search on "unattended installation of Office 2007" to get results like http://blogs.technet.com/office_resource_kit/archive/2009/01/29/configure-a-silent-install-of-the-2007-office-system-with-config-xml.aspx

    "we have been looking to do unattended installs for Office (2007) in our building" implies that you are in a larger business, educational, or governmental setting with a lot of computers.  Most organizations of that type would be purchasing Volume Licenses for the Office product(s) that they need.  Deployment of the product(s) would be done thru Active Directory from established shares, with users or groups getting the specific edition of Office that their jobs require (if you purchased licenses for more than one edition).
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Friday, December 11, 2009 10:06 PM
    Friday, December 11, 2009 4:34 PM

  • Please Note: The only key that can be used on multiple different editions of Office (that I'm aware of) is an Internal Microsoft key leaked to the internet some years ago.  Please follow the below steps to run a Diagnostic Report and then paste the report into Note Pad.  Look at the lower section of the report. If you see:

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 114 Blocked VLK 2


    Then it is, in fact, the leaked Microsoft Key and you should uninstall any and all Office programs which are using that key.


    To generate a Diagnostic Report download and run the Genuine Diagnostics tool (MGADiag.exe) at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012. Click "Continue", click the "Copy" button.

    Thank you,
    Darin MS 
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Friday, December 11, 2009 10:06 PM
    Friday, December 11, 2009 10:04 PM

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  • Hello DDRDiesel,

    You wrote, "the same key worked for Standard, Enterprise, and Student version."

    I find that hard to believe.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Thursday, December 10, 2009 10:29 PM
  • I never said you were forced to believe me, but it's the truth.  Can anyone give me a real answer please?
    Friday, December 11, 2009 4:12 PM
  • Hello DDRDiesel,

    If this is your question, "how Microsoft Office installs itself" then you will not get an answer in this forum, as the question is off-topic.

    Maybe start here?  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905369.aspx

    Or search on "unattended installation of Office 2007" to get results like http://blogs.technet.com/office_resource_kit/archive/2009/01/29/configure-a-silent-install-of-the-2007-office-system-with-config-xml.aspx

    "we have been looking to do unattended installs for Office (2007) in our building" implies that you are in a larger business, educational, or governmental setting with a lot of computers.  Most organizations of that type would be purchasing Volume Licenses for the Office product(s) that they need.  Deployment of the product(s) would be done thru Active Directory from established shares, with users or groups getting the specific edition of Office that their jobs require (if you purchased licenses for more than one edition).
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Friday, December 11, 2009 10:06 PM
    Friday, December 11, 2009 4:34 PM
  • The product key determines the correct version of Microsoft Office to install.  If you are having an issue, may sure you only use a genuine Microsoft Office installation CD with a holographic design.  See: How to tell
    Carey Frisch
    Friday, December 11, 2009 4:36 PM

  • Please Note: The only key that can be used on multiple different editions of Office (that I'm aware of) is an Internal Microsoft key leaked to the internet some years ago.  Please follow the below steps to run a Diagnostic Report and then paste the report into Note Pad.  Look at the lower section of the report. If you see:

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 114 Blocked VLK 2


    Then it is, in fact, the leaked Microsoft Key and you should uninstall any and all Office programs which are using that key.


    To generate a Diagnostic Report download and run the Genuine Diagnostics tool (MGADiag.exe) at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012. Click "Continue", click the "Copy" button.

    Thank you,
    Darin MS 
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Friday, December 11, 2009 10:06 PM
    Friday, December 11, 2009 10:04 PM