OFF97 Err Msg: "Setup Error 544"

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When you run the Microsoft Office 97 Setup program, you may receive thefollowing error messages:
Setup Error 544
Setup is unable to open the data file
'H:\~MSSETUP.T\~MSSTFOF.T\custom.stf'; run
Setup again from where you originally ran it.
Setup Error 723
Setup was unable to read configuration information
from the first section of the setup file:
When you click OK for the second error message, you exit the Setup program.
This problem will occur if the following conditions are true:
  • You used the Microsoft Office 97 Network Installation Wizard (NIW) to create a custom setup table file (.stf) for use with Microsoft Office 97.


  • You ran the Microsoft Office 97 Setup program with the "/t" switch, which is not valid for Office 97 setup. For example:
    setup /t custom.stf
To prevent this problem from occurring, you must make a copy of yourSetup.lst file, and rename it so that it matches your custom setup tablefile. Then, modify it so that all references to "Off97pro.stf" within therenamed .lst file are replaced with references to your custom setup tablefile.

NOTE: If you use version 2.1 of the Network Installation Wizard (NIW 2.1)to customize your setup table file, it is not necessary to create a custom.lst file; NIW 2.1 does this automatically. Proceed to the step after step14 to use the customized .lst and .stf files.

For example, if you created a Custom.stf file, you need to create aCustom.lst file and then modify it. To do this:
  1. In Windows Explorer, go to the folder on your network server that contains the administrative installation of Microsoft Office 97.
  2. Locate the Setup.lst file. Right-click the file, and then click Copy on the shortcut menu.
  3. On the Edit menu, click Paste.
  4. Select the "Copy of Setup.lst" file. On the File menu, click Rename. Type Custom.lst and click OK.
  5. Right-click the Custom.lst file. Click "Open With" on the shortcut menu.
  6. In the list of programs, click Notepad. Clear the "Always use this program" check box. Click OK.
  7. In Notepad, click Find on the Search menu.
  8. In the Find What box, type Off97pro.stf. Click Find Next.
  9. When a reference to "Off97pro.stf" is selected, click Cancel.
  10. Delete "Off97pro.stf" and type Custom.stf in its place.
  11. Press F3.
  12. Delete the selected reference to "Off97pro.stf", and type Custom.stf in its place.
  13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 until you receive the message
    Cannot find "Off97pro.stf"
    Click OK.
  14. On the File menu, click Save. Then, click Exit on the File menu.
After the Custom.lst file has been created and modified, you can run yourcustomized Setup by using the following command line:
<path>\setup /l custom.lst
where <path> is the path to Setup.exe. Note that the name of the Custom.stfis NOT included in this command; the Custom.lst file knows what setup tablefile to use.
This behavior is by design of the Microsoft Office 97 Setup program.
More information
The Microsoft Office 97 Network Installation Wizard (NIW) allows you tocreate custom setup solutions for Microsoft Office 97. To use the NIW, youmust first perform an administrative installation ("setup /a") of MicrosoftOffice 97 on a network server. After this is done, you can run the NIW,choose various setup options, and create a customized setup table file.

In Microsoft Office for Windows 95 version 7.0, you instruct the Setupprogram to use a custom setup table file by adding the "/t" switch and thename of the setup table file to your command line. For example:
setup /t custom.stf
Microsoft Office 97 uses a slightly different method of loading files whenyou run the Setup program. Instead of using the "/t" switch, you now usethe "/l" switch, followed by the name of a customized .lst file. This .lstfile contains the name of the custom setup table file you want to use. Forexample, if your custom files are Custom.lst and Custom.stf, you would usethe following command line:
setup /l custom.lst
Since Custom.lst contains references to Custom.stf, Custom.stf is thenautomatically used by the Setup program.

NOTE: It is very important that the names of the .lst and the .stf file arethe same. For example, if your .lst file is named Custom.lst, your .stffile should be named Custom.stf. If the file names do not match, you mayreceive the following error message:
Setup Error 530
This is an invalid command line option.
Other switches, such as "/q", "/q0", "/q1", and "/qt", can still be used inthe command line. Their functionality has not changed. To perform a quietmode installation of Microsoft Office 97 using the custom setup table fileand .lst file, use the following command:
setup /l custom.lst /q1
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Article ID: 158281 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 15:45:00 - Revision: 2.0

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