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Office Customization Tool – Office Deployment Made Easy

Since the release of Office 2016, it is no longer possible to perform a custom Office install, in which one selects the Office applications to be installed or omitted. When installing Office, all applications get installed. Individual apps can’t be removed later, either. Office Click-to-Run and MSI installers can only install or remove the entire suite.

The Office Deployment Tool (ODT), a free and well-known Microsoft tool, popular among IT admins can be used instead. ODT allows almost completely hands-free configuration and installation, including add / remove for individual Office apps. That has become much easier now that the Office Customization Tool (OCT) has been released. OCT is a web app which, with a few clicks, allows you to decide what and how components will be installed, added or removed. Simply head to https://config.office.com to start customizing your Office 365.

At the moment OCT only allows creating XML configuration scripts for Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business, and volume licensed 2019 ProPlus and Standard.

However, as most of you know, it’s an easy task to edit the configuration script and change the product id. For example: you want to install O365 Home on your PC. Use OCT to create a configuration script selecting Office 365 ProPlus, download it and change the Product ID accordingly to O365HomePremRetail, as shown in this table taken from my ODT tutorial at TenForums.com:

Edition Product ID Activation
O365 Home and Student HomeStudentRetail P
O365 Home and Business HomeBusinessRetail P
Office 2016 Personal PersonalRetail P
O365 Personal O365PersonalRetail S
O365 Home O365HomePremRetail S
O365 ProPlus O365ProPlusRetail V
O365 Enterprise E3, E4, E5 O365ProPlusRetail S V
O365 Business O365BusinessRetail S
O365 Business Premium O365BusinessRetail S
O365 Small Business Premium O365SmallBusinessRetail S
O365 ProPlus 2019 VL ProPlus2019Volume V
O365 Standard 2019 VL Standard2019Volume V
Office 2019 Home & Student HomeStudent2019Retail P
Office 2019 Home & Business HomeBusiness2019Retail P
Office 2019 Personal Personal2019Retail P
Office 2019 Professional Professional2019Retail P
Office 2019 ProPlus ProPlus2019Retai P

In the Activation column, available activation methods for each edition are labeled as follows:

P = Retail product key
S = O365 Personal, Home, Business or Enterprise subscription / license
V = Volume licensing (KMS or MAK)

The Office Customization Tool makes Office deployment so easy any newbie can do it! See the tutorial in case you need help.



Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

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