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Deploy Office 2013 Sp1 via Group Policy to all domain joined machines

Lets see how to deploy Microsoft Office 2013 sp1 via group policy to all desktop machines

My Organizational Unit name – GPDESK

All machines are Windows 7 , As per Microsoft recommendations using Microsoft office 32 bit.


Step1 –

Create a folder in Domain Controller or Exchange Server –

Copy the Office2013Sp1 Setup files

Make sure Admin folder exists (If admin folder doesn’t exist – Download the ISO from Volume licensing site or Download admin folder manually)

Create a folder called logfiles in Site C:\Office2013Sp1

Now share the folder with Authenticated users –


Verified admin folder exists – Created log files folder


Step 2 –

Configuring the Config file – Edit with notepad

Locate — C:\office2013sp1\proplus.ww


Add below three lines in the Config file  –


<Display Level=”none” CompletionNotice=”no” SuppressModal=”yes” AcceptEula=”yes” />

<USERNAME Value=”Customer” />
<COMPANYNAME Value=”MyCompany” />


Creating a .MSP File

Start – run – C:\Office2013Sp1\setup.exe /Admin


Click ok


Choose Licensing and user interface – Enter the product key.

Choose “I accept the terms in the license agreement”

Choose Display level – none

Choose Suppress model


To activate automatically – Modify Setup properties –

Click ADD


Value – 1

(Skipping this step doesn’t harm anything . Office wont activated automatically)


Remove any unwanted components. in Set feature installation states


Saving the .msp file

File – Save the .msp file to – C:\Office2013sp1.msp


To verify all is ok as of now – Login to a test desktop machine – Open command prompt – Run as administrator

\\C-dc01\office2013sp1\setup.exe /config \\c-dc01\office2013sp1\proplus.ww\config.xml



If installation happens silently without any issues- So far – all good.

We would see how to apply this through group policy to all the machines.

Step 3 –

Applying Administrative template files

Office 2013 Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool


Download the Group policy files on above link , extract them –

Copy the below .admx files from the extracted folder

paste in below location in domain controller –



Easily locate- – Start-  run – %systemroot%\policydefinitions


Next  – En-us folder from extracted files, Copy all .adml files paste to below location.

Start run – %systemroot%\policydefinitions\en-us


To locate en-US folder –

Start—Run — %systemroot%\policydefinitions\en-US


Creating a group policy –

Right click on the OU – Create a GPO in this domain


Enter the Group policy name —

Deploy Office 2013



In my CASE it worked without disabling UAC – Please Ignore this step initially.

In — Computer Configuration – Windows Settings – Security settings – Security options –

Scroll down to the last – Edit the three policies

UAC – Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators – Elevate without prompting

UAC – Detect application installation and prompt for elevation – Disabled

UAC – Run all administrators in Admin Approval mode -Disabled



In — Computer Configuration – Windows Settings – Scripts – Startup


Download the .bat file – Extract from .zip

Click ADD –


Choose browse – And Copy the .bat file inside the folder.


Click ok

Click apply ok.

— In the .bat file – edit in notepad and update the below to the right location


After logon in all the desktop – Microsoft Office 2013 is Installed


Satheshwaran Manoharan
Satheshwaran Manoharanhttps://www.azure365pro.com
Award-winning Technology Leader with a wealth of experience running large teams and diversified industry exposure in cloud computing. From shipping lines to rolling stocks.In-depth expertise in driving cloud adoption strategies and modernizing systems to cloud native. Specialized in Microsoft Cloud, DevOps, and Microsoft 365 Stack and conducted numerous successful projects worldwide. Also, Acting as a Technical Advisor for various start-ups.

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    • Yes it should work ,if you are not going to make any changes in the templates. but copying the templates gives you a tons of options to customize it (2 mins job).

      • Hi Mono,

        I have followed your steps which is perfect but client PC side office 2013 setup.exe is not running but setup.exe on the task manager.


    • what happen or issue you are getting please explain clearly … and see firewall also in your domain although dont use photoshop pirated on your client dextop

  1. Hi,

    Some of the client computers already got office 2013 installed. while deploying office 2013 via GP how can I ignore change your installation of Microsoft office standard 2013 message add or remove features, repairs, remove or enter a product key.


    • If there is already manually installed Office2013 software and it is same suite (by example, Office 2013 Professional), startup script exits without installing your customized (probably) package. If you need to install your customized package, you must uninstall previous version – if you are not scripting guy, you must do it manually client by client.
      Removing or changing of product key can be done with help of VAMT tool from Microsoft.

  2. please help ashish avasti he is in trouble that he is using photoshop and want to install windows server on client pc with the help of photoshop he want to use gpo in his environment and from that gpo he want to make a vfx in client pc from server side and also want to get a list of all install software in client pc


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