Office creates two log files during the installation process, one for Setup.exe and one for the Windows Installer. The log files are created in your \Temp folder and have names similar to the following
Log file for Log file name--------------------------------------------Setup.exe Office 2000 <edition> Setup(####).txtWindows Installer Office 2000 <edition> Setup(####)_MsiExec.txt
is the edition of Office you are installing.
The #### characters in the log file names are numbers beginning with 0002. They increment by 2 if you have to run Setup multiple times. So the log file with the highest number is the log file for the last time you ran Setup.
The logging options for the Setup.exe log file cannot be modified. However, you can customize the logging options for the Windows Installer log file. The "More Information" section of this article describes all of the available logging options for the Windows Installer.
The following table lists all of the available logging options that can be used in conjunction with the /l switch of the Windows Installer.
Parameter Description-------------------------------i Status messagesw Non-fatal warningse All error messagesa Start up of actionsr Action-specific recordsu User requestsc Initial UI parametersm Out of memoryp Terminal propertiesv Verbose outputo Out-of-disk-space messages+ Append to existing file* Wildcard, log all information except for the v option.! Empty the logging cache, line by line, to the log file. The default is to write to the log file when 20 lines have been cached in memory.
Windows Installer Logging
When you run Office Setup, the Windows Installer has some default logging options already turned on, piwae
, as specified in the [Logging] section of the Setup.ini file. These default logging options can be overridden by using a custom command line or by modifying the Setup.ini. You must unhide the Setup.ini file.
If you want to create a very detailed Windows Installer log file, you can use the verbose parameter v
for the /l switch. To do this, use the following command-line to run Office Setup:
path\setup.exe /l*v c:\Officelog.txt
The above command line will create the verbose log file, Officelog.txt, on the root of C drive. You can specify any path and file name for this log file.
Because verbose logging increases Setup times, you should only use the above command line if you are having Setup problems that can't be diagnosed with a default log file.
Custom Logging Options
There are two ways to customize the logging parameters used to create a Windows Installer log file: use a custom command-line, or modify the Setup.ini file.
Custom Command Line
You can use any combination of parameters with the /l switch. The only requirement for this switch is that you also specify a path and file name for your log file. When you use the /l switch on the command line, the default Windows Installer log file is not created in the \Temp folder. The default Setup.exe log file will still be created in the \Temp folder.
A sample command line might look like:
path\setup.exe /lme! c:\customlog.txt
Modify the Setup.ini File
The Setup.ini file contains a [Logging] section that can be modified to create a custom set of logging options. To change the default logging parameters from piwae
, modify the Type= line in the Setup.ini file. For example, you could change this line to read:
If you modify the Setup.ini at the root of your administrative installation, you will not need a custom command line. However, if your modified Setup.ini file is renamed, or in a location other than the root of your Office installation, you must use a command line similar to the following to reference the new settings file:
path\setup.exe /settings \\servername\share\CustomSetup.ini
is the path to Setup, servername
is the server, and share
is the share on the server.
Turning Off Logging for the Windows Installer
To turn off Windows Installer logging, remove or comment out the Type= line in the [Logging] section of the Setup.ini file. The log file for Setup.exe will still be created in your \Temp folder.
If you use the /l switch on the command line and do not use any logging parameters, the default logging parameters piwae
will be used. You still must specify a log file path and name.
Maintenance Mode or Install on First Use LoggingWARNING
: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
When you run Office Setup after Office has already been installed, or if Setup runs because a feature is being installed on demand (it was originally set to Installed on First Use
), or you click Detect and Repair
on the Help
menu, no logging takes place.
If you want to log either of these two situations, you can turn on logging by making the following changes in the registry:
- Quit any programs that are running.
- Click Start, and click Run. In Open, type regedit and click OK.
- In the Registry Editor, find and select the following key:
- On the Edit menu, point to New and then click Key.
- With New Key #1 selected, type Policies and then press ENTER.
- With the Policies key selected, on the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
- With New Key #1 selected, type Microsoft and then press ENTER.
- With the Microsoft key selected, on the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
- With New Key #1 selected, type Windows and then press ENTER.
- With the Windows key selected, on the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
- With New Key #1 selected, type Installer and then press ENTER.
- With the Installer key selected, on the Edit menu, point to New, and then click String Value.
- With New Value #1 selected, type Logging and then press ENTER.
- With the Logging value selected, on the Edit menu, click Modify.
- In the Value data box, type voicewarmup and click OK.
You can use other combinations of logging options in the Value data box. However, do not include l from the /l logging switch, because that is only used on the command line. Also, do not use the + or * logging options, because they do not work in this scenario.
- Quit the Registry Editor.
When you turn on logging via the registry, the logging file that is created is called MSI#####.log, where ##### is a random set of 5 alphanumeric characters. The file is stored in the \Temp folder. Because a new MSI#####.log file is created anytime the Windows Installer is run, the use of this registry modification should be strictly controlled.
If you click Detect and Repair
on the Help
menu in any Office program, logging is not turned on. To log this procedure, use the steps to modify the registry provided earlier in this article.