I just started the Office 2016 Setup/Installation on my Windows 10 PC. The installation worked fine and started automatically showing only this dialog:

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But there are no additional settings possible! I need to choose which programs I want to install and also add additional tools that are often missing when doing a default installation.

How can I change the Office Installation Settings?

  • Choose programs to install
  • Add/Remove Office Tools
  • (Maybe) Office installation directory

When I check after the installation in the the windows settings, the Office can only be uninstalled - no modifications available:

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    It also installs the 32-bit version by default, even if the OS is 64-bit.
    – vgru
    Oct 7, 2016 at 12:43

3 Answers 3


You can use the Office 2016 Deployment Tool to customize the setup. Edit the Configuration.xml and add new ExcludeApp ID entries for features you don't want to have installed:

Image of the XML file

    <Add SourcePath="E:\Office\" OfficeClientEdition="64">
        <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
            <Language ID="en-us" />
            <ExcludeApp ID="Access" />
            <ExcludeApp ID="Excel" />
            <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />
            <ExcludeApp ID="InfoPath" />
            <ExcludeApp ID="Lync" />
            <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" />
            <ExcludeApp ID="PowerPoint" />
            <ExcludeApp ID="Project" />
            <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" />
            <ExcludeApp ID="SharePointDesigner" />
            <ExcludeApp ID="Visio" />

Now run setup.exe /download configuration.xml to only download the requested features and install the customized office with setup.exe /configure configuration.xml

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    There is now an online editor to generate the XML: officedev.github.io/Office-IT-Pro-Deployment-Scripts/… Jan 30, 2016 at 19:58
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    this is ridiculous microsoft :(
    – n00b
    Apr 15, 2016 at 18:51
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    It would be neat to have this pasted in textual format, so that people can easily copy/paste it.
    – vgru
    Oct 7, 2016 at 12:53
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    Plain text version of the image added. Slightly confused about the product ID for office2016 which is spelled as O365ProPlusRetail.
    – Hennes
    Feb 22, 2017 at 18:16
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    I'm not using this directly myself, but I have seen one mention that the sample product ID is incorrect for Office2016 and should be "ProPlusRetail" not "O365ProPlusRetail". Ref: social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/…
    – fencepost
    Jul 14, 2017 at 14:09

I was originally going to add this as a comment to the excellent answer from @magicandre1981, however I couldn't get the comment to format in a readable state.

Please up vote the comments from @hennes and @MetroSmurf on that answer because those people found this info first and deserve recognition of that.

Once you download the config tool and build your custom-configuration.xml (I suggest renaming it so you know which config you are installing)

To have it work with the MSDN Media:

  1. Make sure your config doesn't have a path set.
  2. Ensure your product ID is as follows: <Product ID="ProPlusRetail" PIDKEY="xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx">
  3. Suggest you also add <Display AcceptEULA="TRUE">
  4. Extract the media to a folder (I used Office2016)
  5. In Office2016 replace default setup.exe (400KB) with the deployment tool provided setup.exe (4.1MB)

  6. Put your custom-configuration.xml in Office2016 as well.

  7. From an Administrative command prompt cd to Office2016

  8. run setup /configure custom-configfile.xml

  9. Profit.

  • this is the way Feb 8, 2021 at 13:13

My question was closed with a reference to this question as the original. I'd like to add the answer to my question here because I believe that most people will find it easy to follow. I'm also afraid that the valuable information will disappear along with the question. The hard troubleshooting is captured here.

To create Outlook 2019 profile without email, not connected to Microsoft, and thus not requiring sign-in to Microsoft, run Outlook.exe /PIM Profile-Name to create an Outlook profile with no email.

This will not work, however, if you previously created an apparently no-email profile using Control Panel -> Mail. That simply fails to do the job in Outlook 2019, though it worked in previous versions of Outlook. Furthermore, the bad profile created will be the default profile, so Outlook will use it even if you subsequently ran Outlook.exe /PIM Profile-Name. To undo this problem, you have to re-launch Control Panel -> Mail and one of the following:

  • Delete the bad profile
  • Set the option to prompt the user to choose a profile when Outlook starts
  • Set the option to always use Profile-Name

Thanks to Karl Timmermans for this answer.

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