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OFFXP: Errors When You Install Office XP from the Command Line Using Setup.exe

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SYMPTOMS
When you attempt to install Microsoft Office XP from the command line using Setup.exe, you receive one of the following error messages:
Creation of administrative installation images is supported only in Enterprise versions of Microsoft Office XP.
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Quiet-mode installation is supported only in Enterprise versions of Microsoft Office XP.
CAUSE
The first error message can occur if you use the /a command-line switch with Setup.exe when you are installing a non-Enterprise (Retail) edition of Office.

Similarly, the second message can occur if you use the /qb command-line switch combination with Setup.exe when you are installing a non-Enterprise (Retail) edition of Office.

NOTE: If you use the /q switch without any additional switch options, the message does not appear. Instead, Office Setup.exe does not run, and there is no obvious reason why. The only indication that the /q switch is not allowed is the information in the Windows Installer log file for the Office installation.
RESOLUTION
If you want to use either the /a switch or the /q switch with Office XP, you need to obtain an Enterprise edition of Office.

For information about obtaining an Enterprise edition of Office XP, please browse to the following Microsoft Web site:
MORE INFORMATION
Use the /a switch when you want to run an administrative installation of Office.

Use the /q switch when you want to install Office in quiet mode. No user interface is displayed during Setup.

You can successfully use the /qr switch or the property Display=Reduced in the Setup.ini file with the non-Enterprise edition of Office XP.
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Article ID: 281934 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 23:12:42 - Revision: 1.4

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