The Custom Installation Wizard enables you to record changes to the master installation in a Windows Installer transform (MST file), without altering the original package (MSI file). Because the original package is never altered, you can create a different transform for every installation scenario you need. When you run Setup with both the package and the transform, Windows Installer applies the transform to the original package, and Setup uses your altered configuration to perform the installation.
By using the Custom Installation Wizard, you can also create a transform that runs additional Setup programs, such as the Profile Wizard, at the end of the Microsoft Office XP installation. If you run the Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit from within the Custom Installation Wizard, you can customize the way Office Setup installs Internet Explorer 5.
For Office XP, the Custom Installation Wizard has been updated to include the following features:
- An improved user interface and enhancements to the Help system
- New installation states (Not Available, Hidden, Locked)
- The ability to add and remove files with a transform
- Improved navigation for Outlook customization pages and the ability to create an Outlook PRF file
- New security customization, including the ability to choose whether or not to install Visual Basic for Applications
Install the Custom Installation Wizard
The Custom Installation Wizard is automatically installed on your computer when you install the Office Resource Kit (orktools.exe). You can find this downloadable file on the Office XP Resource Kit Downloads page. To locate the tool after installation, click the Start button, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Office Tools, point to Microsoft Office XP Resource Kit Tools, and then click Custom Installation Wizard.
For more information about the Custom Installation Wizard, see Customizing the Office Installation and other topics in Installing and Customizing Office.