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Office 2007 Automated Install

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Has anyone tried to automate Office 2007 yet? I know it's not out to the general public, but since I work in a big university, we have it now.

I'm trying to write a program that will completely automate the install process, but since the interface is so different, I have a feeling that it can't be done by anything other than sending keystrokes. The AutoIt Window Info never changes at all throughout the install, no matter what text, buttons, whatever, appear in the window. It makes it very difficult to work with...

I have a temporary fix in place where it sends one keystroke, then waits 1/4 of a second, then sends another, and continues that until it gets to the "installing now" phase. Then I have it hit Alt-C every 15 seconds until the window closes. Overall, it's a very user-friendly interface, but it sucks for automating. Anybody else experimented with it?

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#2 ·  Posted (edited)

You will be better for using some sort of Microsoft Office 2007 Deploying Kit.

Office install will behave differently by client OS and previous installation of Office and so forth. It will nightmare to Visual script all..

Office 2007 Resource Kit

Edit: Found the link

Edited by Joon

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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

I need to get this working too. I have tried a few different methods but I'm not having a lot of luck. The last way I tried was OCR using with GOCR. It does kind of work but for some reason it reads the text inconsistantly so its hard to get it working reliably.

Heres what I have so far:

(For it to work you will need to put gocr044.exe, libnetpbm10.dll and bmptopnm.exe from the NetPbm package and the files from in the directory with the script and batch file.


DIM $serial= InputBox($title, "Serial",@UserName)
$path = @DesktopDir & "\Office 2007 Standard\Setup.exe"
WinWaitActive("Microsoft Office Standard 2007", "")
While 1
    $ocr_text = _refreshOcrText("Microsoft Office Standard 2007")

        Case StringInStr($ocr_text, "Enter your Product Key", 2)
            ClipPut ($serial)
        case StringInStr($ocr_text, "License", 2)
        case StringInStr($ocr_text, "Choose the", 2)
        case StringInStr($ocr_text, "pragramsrun", 2)
        case StringInStr($ocr_text, "getfeeproductupda", 2)
        case StringInStr($ocr_text, "Change your in", 2)
            msgbox(16, "Error", "Error Office already installed")
        case StringInStr($ocr_text, "Progress", 2)
        case Else
            msgbox(16, "Error", "Unknown window, text as follows:")
            msgbox(0, "title", $ocr_text)
Func _refreshOcrText($title)
    ; Make sure the window exists at all
    If Not WinExists($title, "") Then
        msgbox(16, "Error", "Window: " & $title & " doesn't exist!")
    ; Run the OCR stuff to create the text.txt file
    WinActivate($title, "")
    ;WinSetState($title, "", @SW_SHOW)
    $size = WinGetPos($title, "")
    DllCall("captdll.dll", "int", "CaptureRegion", "str", "screenshot.bmp", "int", $size[0], "int", $size[1], "int", $size[2], "int", $size[3])
    RunWait("ocr.bat", "", @SW_HIDE)
    ; Open the text file
    $file = FileOpen("text.txt", 0)
    If $file == -1 Then
        msgbox(16, "OCR Error", "Error Opening file: text.txt")

    ; Copy the text from the file to the text variable and close it
    $text = FileRead($file)
    ; Cleanup the files
    Return $text


@@echo off

bmptopnm.exe screenshot.bmp > screenshot.txt
gocr044.exe -i screenshot.txt > text.txt
Edited by kzar

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Setup.exe /admin creates an admin file

Setup.exe /admin <adminfile.msp> installs using that admin file

easiest method easy to set up.

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Unfortuneately I can't use the customization tool as I am installing Office 2007 Standard and you need enterprise. Any other ideas?

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This page has the awnser.

Basicly you just have to edit an XML file. (Make sure you edit it with a basic text editor not a proper XML editor, and be warned its case sensitive)

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