Reinstall Office 2000 with Your Original Configuration

July 16, 1999

When you deploy Microsoft Office 2000, you can use the Custom Installation Wizard and Profile Wizard to customize settings. After Office is deployed, users can also change installed application settings. When Office 2000 is removed, these user-defined settings are preserved, even if Office is later reinstalled.

Office 2000 settings are persistent by design to prevent the Windows Installer from overwriting user-defined settings when users reinstall Office or when you stagger your deployment of Office applications. However, if you want to reinstall Office with the default settings from your original transform, you must first disable the persistence of user-defined settings.

 Note    User-defined settings persist only when you apply a transform (MST file) to the Office installation. If you install Office without a transform, user-defined settings are not preserved when Office is removed and then reinstalled.

To reinstall Office with your original configuration

  1. Remove the original Office 2000 installation.
  2. Delete selected value entries in the following subkey in the Windows® registry:


where GUID is the globally unique identifier (GUID) for your edition of Office.

  1. Reinstall Office with the original configuration.

 Important    To reinstall Office 2000 with default settings, you must delete these value entries after Office is removed and before Office is reinstalled in the user's computer.

Find the correct GUID

When Office 2000 is successfully installed on a user's computer, the GUID identifies the cached transform and the folder in which it resides.

To find the correct GUID for your Office installation

  1. In the administrative installation point from which you installed Office, right-click the MST file, click Properties, and then click the Summary tab.
  2. In the Subject box , verify that you have selected the correct MST file.

The edition of Office specified in the Subject box must match the edition that you installed on the computer originally.

  1. Click the Statistics tab and make a note of the GUID in the Revision Number box.

Delete value entries in the GUID subkey

In the Window registry, the GUID subkey contains several value entries, each of which specifies a different group of settings to retain. To reinstall Office with settings from the original transform, you delete one or more of the following value entries, depending on which user-defined settings you want to replace:

  • OCWAddedContentWritten

Prevents the Windows Installer from overwriting Office 2000 configuration information stored in the registry on the user's computer. This value entry only appears when a transform (MST file) is applied to an Office installation.

  • OCWUserDataWritten

Prevents the Windows Installer from overwriting Office profile settings installed by the OPS file. This value entry only appears when an OPS file is applied to an Office installation.

  • OCWOutlookSettingsWritten

Prevents the Windows Installer from overwriting Microsoft Outlook® 2000 settings.

Toolbox     For more information about disabling user-defined settings before reinstalling Office 2000, see the updated Office Resource Kit Readme document, which is included in the updated Office Resource Kit Readme file (readme.doc) download. You can find this downloadable file on the Office 2000 Resource Kit Downloads page.

Applies to:
Deployment Center 2003