Create different configurations of the 2007 Office system for different groups of users

Updated: September 25, 2008

Applies To: Office Resource Kit

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Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

If you have groups of users with different needs, you can create unique configurations of the 2007 Microsoft Office system for each group by using the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to create a unique Setup customization file for each group. You then install Office for the users by specifying the customization file on the Setup command line.

Steps Reference

Create a network installation point for Office.

Create a network installation point for the 2007 Office system


In the root of the network installation point, create a folder for your Setup customization files.

Do not put your customization files in the Updates folder. Setup automatically applies customization files it finds in this folder during installation. Instead, you direct Setup to use only the customization file you specify on the command line, as described later in this procedure.


Start the OCT by running Setup from the network installation point. Specify the /admin command-line option; for example, \\server\share\setup.exe /admin.

Office Customization Tool in the 2007 Office system


Make customizations you need for the first group of users. Click Save on the File menu. Specify a unique name for the Setup customization file. Save the file in the folder you created. Repeat the process to create a unique Setup customization file for each group of users.


Run Setup for the users within each group. Specify the appropriate Setup customization file by using the /adminfile command-line option. For example, to install Office for users in the Accounting department, run \\server\share\setup.exe /adminfile \\server\share\custom\accounting.msp.

Run Setup for the 2007 Office system on users' computers