Office XP source files are compressed in a cabinet (CAB) file to fit on the Office XP CD. You can copy the compressed files directly to the network share rather than run Setup to create an administrative installation point. This procedure creates an image of the CD in which the files remain compressed. You do not enter the product key or accept the End-user License Agreement on behalf of the users who will install Office XP from your network share.
After the CD image is created on the network share, you can customize it. The process is similar to customizing an administrative installation point. For example, you can use the Custom Installation Wizard or the Setup INI Customization Wizard as long as you point the wizards to the MSI file on the compressed image. You can also customize files that reside outside the Office XP CAB file, such as the OPC file that is used by either Setup or the Removal Wizard to remove earlier versions of Office.
To create a customized copy of the Office XP CD, follow these steps:
Insert the Office XP CD into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
In Windows Explorer, select all the folders on the CD. You may need to display all hidden files so that you can see the entire contents of the Office XP CD.
Copy the contents of the CD to the network share.
NOTE: The complete CD image for Microsoft Office XP Professional with FrontPage requires approximately 460 MB of space.
You can reduce the amount of space required by omitting unneeded folders such as the Ork, SharePt, and Msde2000 folders. If all of your users are running Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), you can also omit the OSP folder. The CAB file and core Office XP MSI files require approximately 230 MB of free space.
Customize the CD image by creating one or more transforms and modifying Setup.ini. You cannot accept the End-user License Agreement, but if you run a quiet setup, users will not see it during installation.
Copy the image from your hard disk to a CD and distribute it to a user. For Setup to run properly from the custom CD, the volume label of the CD that you create must match the volume label of the Office XP CD.
You can use the CD that you create in the same way as you use the original Office CD; however, Setup runs with your modifications rather than the default settings. Note that when a user installs Office by using your custom CD, the user cannot use the network as an alternate source for installing on-demand features, repairing an installation, or running Setup in maintenance mode. The user must use a compressed CD or the CD image on the network to perform these tasks. Similarly, if a user installs Office XP from an administrative installation point, the user cannot use the compressed Office XP CD or your customized copy as a source.