Just like Windows operating system and other software out there, Microsoft Office 2010 and Office 2013 can also be installed using the unattended method. For those who’re new to the unattended word, unattended installation is nothing but a type of installation which requires no manual input from the user.
Unattended or silent installation uses a pre-configured file containing all settings and options required to complete the installation. For instance, it includes product key of the software, installation location, and language.
One can easily perform unattended or silent installation of Office 2010 or Office 2013 by placing Config.xml file at the same location where setup.exe file is located. And generating a custom Config.xml is no longer a tedious task thanks to Windows Answer Key File Generator, an online tool to quickly generate Unattend.xml for Windows and Config.xml for Office programs.
In this guide, we will show how you can perform unattended Office installation by generating and placing Config.xml file.
Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013 unattended installation
Note that this method can be used to install both 2010 and 2013 versions of Microsoft Office.
Step 1: First step is to head over to Office 2013 page of Windows Answer Key File Generator website.
Step 2: Enter general settings such as product key and installation path (if you want to install Office at a location other than the default one).
In addition to that, you can configure the setup to show user interface to the user when installation is being done, or you can completely hide the user interface. And there is an option to hide the completion notice but we suggest against it as the setup won’t notify you once its finishes the installation if you configure it to hide the completion notice.
Finally, select the programs that you would like to install. Select “The feature is not installed option” from the drop down menu next to the program name if you don’t want to install it. And selecting The feature is installed on the user’s computer will install the program.
Step 3: Once done, click on the Download File link (located at the bottom of the page) to download the customized Config.xml file. And if for some reason, the button isn’t working, please click on the Highlight All button, copy the code, paste it in Notepad, and then save the file as Config.xml.
Step 4: Next copy Config.xml file to Office 2010/2013 installation folder. Make sure to place the Config.xml in the root of installation folder where Setup.exe file is located.
Step 5: That’s it! You’re done. Launch Office setup now and see Config.xml file automatically installing Office for you. Good luck!
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