Silently Install Office 2016

You’re needing to install Office 2016 on several machines on your network. You can silently install Office 2016, and with a little prep work you can get a deployment underway in no time at all. To start, you’ll need to create a MSP file using the Office Customization tool that’s ready for deployment.

Note: These steps are for Office 2016 only, not Office 365. If you need to silently install Office 365, see this blog post.

Using the OCT (Office Customization Tool)

First, you’ll need to unpack or copy the contents of the Office 2016 ISO to a location on your machine (that you are using PDQ Deploy on) or on a network share. Make sure you have the setup.exe and that it contains the admin directory (you’ll need that in order to use the OCT).

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Drag the setup.exe to Start > Run, and append /admin to the setup.exe path to open the OCT (c:\path\to\Officefiles\setup.exe /admin) . Once you have the OCT open, you’re ready to customize your Office installation. Give it a good look over, but for sake of time/interest, here are the basic customizations you’ll need to make to install this silently. (More steps and more in depth explanations can be found on this Knowledge Base article on our support site.)

Licensing and User Interface

You’ll want to set your display level to None and check Suppress modal. There’s also the inevitable EULA you’ll have to accept.

Office Custom Tool

Modify Setup Properties

In this section you’ll add two property values. (Again, these are just the essentials. Click here to see a complete list of property values.)

  • Name: SETUP_REBOOT Value: Never
  • Name: HIDEUPDATEUI Value: True

Between these two values, your install will not ask your user to reboot, nor will it reboot. (If you’d like to reboot your machines after install, use the reboot step in PDQ Deploy when deploying. This will give you a lot more control over when and how the reboot takes place.)

The Auto_Activate property value does not work for Office 2016, you can read up on some possible workarounds here.

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Set Feature Installation States

Set your installation states as appropriate for your environment. Need help knowing what to configure it to? Read up on your options here.

Office configurations

Other Considerations:

Check settings in the following areas to help your users maintain their current settings.

  • Outlook Profile
  • Modify User Settings

Now you’re ready to save your MSP file for silent deployment! It’s a simple File > Save, it should save your MSP in the same directory as the Office setup.exe file.

Silently Install Office 2016

With PDQ Deploy you can get your deployment underway in moments. First, create a new package. (File > New Package or Ctrl + N).

  1. By default, an install step is available. Put in the setup.exe file for the Install File
  2. Add silent parameters. For Office 2016 that would be /adminfile [name of MSP file]
  3. Check Include Entire Directory. Don’t miss this step. If you don’t check this your install will fail.

deployment for office 2016

If you use the free download of PDQ Deploy then, you’re set to deploy. However, if you have PDQ Deploy Pro or Enterprise mode (which you can try out free) you can set conditions to specify OS and architecture types to deploy to in the conditions tab.

Also in Pro or Enterprise mode, you can add a step to reboot machines after Office is successfully installed. A reboot will likely be required so this is a good way make sure your installation is complete.

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20 responses

  • I’m having issues when I attempt to deploy office 2016. All of my Deployments are hanging up and timing out. Is there any way that you would be able to assist me?

    • Hi Antonio, I let support know you were having issues. You should hear from them sometime today. Thanks!

    • I’m having an issue with timing out also. I can get the process to work on a local network, but not across networks.

      • Randall,

        Unfortunately, we are unable to provide support here. In order for us to have all the necessary information, please submit a ticket to support in the product using Help > Support > Support & Feedback or emailing [email protected] directly. Thanks!

  • Hello,
    We are about to deploy Office 2016 out to all machines. Everything works fine apart from the Auto Activation against Microsoft’s servers. The key is valid and it activates once the user clicks connect against internet.
    The settings I have are: which other people said worked for them.
    I also have these configured (The AUTOACTIVATE I added as seen someone else do this). I have tried both versions of Auto Activate with a 0 and 1, but no joy.

    • Will you contact support? We’ll have a look at your deployment and see if we can’t help you resolve it. Thanks!

  • I am having issues with Skype for Business 2016 shortcut opening up recording manger after a successful install using the OCT. Any known solutions for this issue? Thanks!

  • I am wondering if there have been any answers for the office hanging issue. I am trying to deploy right now. Followed the above instructions and deployed to a test machine. Just hangs.

    • Hey Jamie, in some cases changing the Run As option in the Options tab to Deploy User (Interactive) resolves deployment hanging issues. Try that if you haven’t already, if it’s still hanging contact us at support and we’ll get a closer look at your deployment.

      • I changed the setting to Deploy User Interactive but the install still hangs up.
        Any other suggestions?


  • Hey I need help with this problem. I have recently downloaded this file en_visio_professional_2013_with_sp1_x86_and_x64_dvd_3910950. I have extracted the this and put it into my download folder. I have put the admin folder in and I have done all the steps in this help article, and everything gets installed except Visio 2013. I have the correct licence key and the package is configured correctly, but it doesn’t give me the Visio 2013. And yes I have rebooted my PC’s already and nothing. please help. I also change the deploy to user interactive as well

  • Hi all,

    I am also trying to push Office 2016 with PDQ Deploy free version.
    I tried to install it directly by command line : Working fine but when pushinf via PDQ Deploy, it stay at the step “Running” for longtime.

    Cna you please help me on this,

  • when placing the /adminfile parameter, you have to place it with no spaces like this

    /adminfile StandardUserOffice2016.MSP

    not like

    /adminfile Standard User Office2016.MSP

  • If you have a 32bit version of office installed the 64bit version won’t install. You must uninstall first any 32bit office installation.

  • This isn’t working for me. I created the MSP file, and it times out. The package screen has success codes as:
    When I copied the files locally and tried the command line install, I got a message:” We can’t install the 64-bit version of Office because we found the following 32-bit programs on your PC:
    Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007″

    Now if I set it to remove all previous versions of Office, why should it matter WHAT version is already installed? Assistance, please…

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