Office XP System Requirements

The system requirements for Microsoft Office XP depend upon the Office suite you are installing and upon whether you are deploying the software on a client computer, an administrative server, or a Windows Terminal Services server. A stand-alone computer will run well with the minimum requirements, for example, while an administrative server supporting thousands of desktops will require more processor power, memory, and hard-disk capacity.


 Note    None of the Office XP suites will run on the Microsoft Windows® 3.x, Microsoft Windows NT® 3.5x, or Microsoft Windows 95 operating systems. If your computers are currently running one of these operating systems, you must upgrade the operating system before installing Office XP.


The following sections present recommendations on the minimum system requirements for the different Office XP suites.

Office XP and Internet Explorer

All versions of Office XP require an installation of Microsoft Internet Explorer to be on the computer because Office applications take advantage of services provided by the browser. Office uses these Internet Explorer services behind the scenes, however, so there is no requirement that Internet Explorer be set as the default browser on the computer.

By default, Office XP installs Internet Explorer 5.01 at the same time as it installs the System Files Update. (Office will not install Internet Explorer on Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), or higher operating system versions since those operating systems already have Internet Explorer 5.01 or above.) If you prefer to stay with an earlier version of Internet Explorer, you can turn off the default installation through Setup or the Custom Installation Wizard. Office XP requires as a minimum Internet Explorer 4.01 with Service Pack 1 (the version first released with Windows 98). Any later version of Internet Explorer will work correctly with Office XP.


 Note    If you are running Office XP on Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6, you should confirm that Internet Explorer has been upgraded to at least version 4.01 with Service Pack 1.


If you are currently running Windows 2000 on your computers, and you want to upgrade to Internet Explorer 5.5 at the same time as you upgrade to Office XP, you must upgrade the browser separately from your Office XP deployment; the installation of these two products cannot be chained together. Internet Explorer 5.5 can be deployed either before or after you deploy Office XP.

Office XP product suites

Office XP is available in several product suites, each of which contains a different collection of applications and services. Any of the suites can be installed on stand-alone computers or deployed throughout your organization from an administrative installation point.

The following sections describe the system requirements for each suite.

Microsoft Office XP Standard

Microsoft Office XP Standard includes the following applications:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Outlook®
  • Microsoft PowerPoint®

Core system requirements

To use Microsoft Office XP Standard, users' computers must meet the following requirements:

Processor     Pentium 133 MHz or higher processor required for all operating systems.

Operating system     Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition; Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or greater; Microsoft Windows 2000. The recommended operating system is Windows 2000 Professional.

On systems running Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6, the version of Internet Explorer must be upgraded to at least Internet Explorer 4.01 with Service Pack 1.

Memory     Memory requirements for Office Standard depend upon the operating system used with the computer. Operating system RAM requirements assume default Windows installations; running additional utilities or applications may require additional RAM.

  • For Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, 24 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus an additional 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.
  • For Windows Millennium Edition and Windows NT Workstation or Server 4.0 or later, 32 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus an additional 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.
  • For Windows 2000 Professional, 64 MB of RAM recommended minimum. For Windows 2000 Server or Advanced Server, 256 MB of RAM recommended minimum. In addition, you should have 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.

Hard-disk space     Numbers indicate typical installation; your hard-disk usage will vary depending on the configuration. Custom installation choices may require more or less hard-disk space.

  • 210 MB of available hard-disk space is required for the default configuration of Office XP Standard.
  • Users without Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition, or Office 2000 SR-1 will need an extra 50 MB of hard-disk space for the System Files Update.
  • On computers where Office XP is installed on a different drive than the operating system, the operating system drive should have 115 MB of available hard-disk space.
  • For international deployments, you should allow an extra 50 MB of hard-disk space for each additional language interface you install.

Registry space     Under Windows NT and Windows 2000, at least 4 MB of space must be available in the registry.

Disk drives     CD-ROM drive.

Monitor     VGA or higher-resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended.

Pointing device     Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse®, or compatible pointing device.

Additional requirements for specific features

Some Office XP Standard features have additional requirements:

Modem     9600 baud modem; 14,400 or higher baud recommended.

Multimedia     Multimedia computer required for sound and other multimedia effects. A hardware-accelerated video card or MMX processor will provide improved graphical rendering performance.

E-mail     Microsoft Exchange, Internet SMTP/POP3, IMAP4, or other MAPI-compliant messaging software.

Collaboration     Microsoft Exchange Server required for certain advanced collaboration functionality in Microsoft Outlook.

Internet     Some Internet functionality may require Internet access via a 14,400 or higher baud modem and payment of a separate fee to a service provider; local charges may apply.

Speech recognition     Speech recognition technologies require a higher level of hardware support for the computer, as well as a microphone.

  • For all operating systems, the recommended hardware requirements increase to a Pentium 400 MHz or higher processor and 128 MB of RAM.
  • The recommended microphone is a high-quality, close-talk USB microphone that conforms to PC99 System Design Guide standards. If you are using a USB microphone, a sound card is not required, as audio processing is handled by the device itself.
  • If you are using a conventional microphone, the unit should be a high quality close-talk headset that places the microphone within four inches of the speaker's mouth. Conventional microphones should also conform to PC99 System Design Guide standards. A conventional microphone requires a sound card in the computer.

Handwriting     Graphics tablet recommended for handwriting features.

PowerPoint broadcasts     Windows Media Encoder–compatible video camera for broadcasts including video; Microsoft Exchange Chat server to enable chats during live broadcasts; Microsoft Windows Media Server to enable multicasts of live broadcasts to more than 10 audience members.

Microsoft Office XP Small Business

Microsoft Office XP Small Business includes the following applications:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Publisher

Core system requirements

To use Microsoft Office XP Small Business, users' computers must meet the following requirements:

Processor     Pentium 133 MHz or higher processor required for all operating systems.

Operating system     Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition; Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or greater; Microsoft Windows 2000. The recommended operating system is Windows 2000 Professional.

On systems running Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6, the version of Internet Explorer must be upgraded to at least Internet Explorer 4.01 with Service Pack 1.

Memory     Memory requirements for Office Small Business depend upon the operating system used with the computer. Operating system RAM requirements assume default Windows installations; running additional utilities or applications may require additional RAM.

  • For Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, 24 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus an additional 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.
  • For Windows Millennium Edition and Windows NT Workstation or Server 4.0 or later, 32 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus an additional 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.
  • For Windows 2000 Professional, 64 MB of RAM recommended minimum. For Windows 2000 Server or Advanced Server, 256 MB of RAM recommended minimum. In addition, you should have 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.

Hard-disk space     Numbers indicate typical installation; your hard-disk usage will vary depending on the configuration. Custom installation choices may require more or less hard-disk space.

  • 280 MB of available hard-disk space is required for the default configuration of Office XP Small Business.
  • Users without Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition, or Office 2000 SR-1 will need an extra 50 MB of hard-disk space for the System Files Update.
  • On computers where Office XP is installed on a different drive than the operating system, the operating system drive should have 115 MB of available hard-disk space.
  • For international deployments, you should allow an extra 50 MB of hard-disk space for each additional language interface you install.

Registry space     Under Windows NT and Windows 2000, at least 4 MB of space must be available in the registry.

Disk drives     CD-ROM drive.

Monitor     VGA or higher-resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended.

Pointing device     Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device.

Additional requirements for specific features

Some Office XP Small Business features have additional requirements:

Modem     9600 baud modem; 14,400 or higher baud recommended.

Multimedia     Multimedia computer required for sound and other multimedia effects. A hardware-accelerated video card or MMX processor will provide improved graphical rendering performance.

E-mail     Microsoft Exchange, Internet SMTP/POP3, IMAP4, or other MAPI-compliant messaging software.

Collaboration     Microsoft Exchange Server required for certain advanced collaboration functionality in Microsoft Outlook.

Internet     Some Internet functionality may require Internet access via a 14,400 or higher baud modem and payment of a separate fee to a service provider; local charges may apply.

Speech recognition     Speech recognition technologies require a higher level of hardware support for the computer, as well as a microphone.

  • For all operating systems, the recommended hardware requirements increase to a Pentium 400 MHz or higher processor and 128 MB of RAM.
  • The recommended microphone is a high-quality, close-talk USB microphone that conforms to PC99 System Design Guide standards. If you are using a USB microphone, a sound card is not required, as audio processing is handled by the device itself.
  • If you are using a conventional microphone, the unit should be a high quality close-talk headset that places the microphone within four inches of the speaker's mouth. Conventional microphones should also conform to PC99 System Design Guide standards. A conventional microphone requires a sound card in the computer.

Handwriting     Graphics tablet recommended for handwriting features.

PowerPoint broadcasts     Windows Media Encoder–compatible video camera for broadcasts including video; Microsoft Exchange Chat server to enable chats during live broadcasts; Microsoft Windows Media Server to enable multicasts of live broadcasts to more than 10 audience members.

Microsoft Office XP Professional

Microsoft Office XP Professional includes the following applications:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Access

Core system requirements

To use Microsoft Office XP Professional, users' computers must meet the following requirements:

Processor     Pentium 133 MHz or higher processor required for all operating systems.

Operating system     Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition; Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or greater; Microsoft Windows 2000. The recommended operating system is Windows 2000 Professional.

On systems running Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6, the version of Internet Explorer must be upgraded to at least Internet Explorer 4.01 with Service Pack 1.

Memory     Memory requirements for Office Professional depend upon the operating system used with the computer. Operating system RAM requirements assume default Windows installations; running additional utilities or applications may require additional RAM.

  • For Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, 24 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus an additional 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.
  • For Windows Millennium Edition and Windows NT Workstation or Server 4.0 or later, 32 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus an additional 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.
  • For Windows 2000 Professional, 64 MB of RAM recommended minimum. For Windows 2000 Server or Advanced Server, 256 MB of RAM recommended minimum. In addition, you should have 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.

Hard-disk space     Numbers indicate typical installation; your hard-disk usage will vary depending on the configuration. Custom installation choices may require more or less hard-disk space.

  • 245 MB of available hard-disk space is required for the default configuration of Office XP Professional.
  • Users without Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition, or Office 2000 SR-1 will need an extra 50 MB of hard-disk space for the System Files Update.
  • On computers where Office XP is installed on a different drive than the operating system, the operating system drive should have 115 MB of available hard-disk space.
  • For international deployments, you should allow an extra 50 MB of hard-disk space for each additional language interface you install.

Registry space     Under Windows NT and Windows 2000, at least 4 MB of space must be available in the registry.

Disk drives     CD-ROM drive.

Monitor     VGA or higher-resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended.

Pointing device     Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device.

Additional requirements for specific features

Some Office XP Professional features have additional requirements:

Modem     9600 baud modem; 14,400 or higher baud recommended.

Multimedia     Multimedia computer required for sound and other multimedia effects. A hardware-accelerated video card or MMX processor will provide improved graphical rendering performance.

E-mail     Microsoft Exchange, Internet SMTP/POP3, IMAP4, or other MAPI-compliant messaging software.

Collaboration     Microsoft Exchange Server required for certain advanced collaboration functionality in Microsoft Outlook.

Internet     Some Internet functionality may require Internet access via a 14,400 or higher baud modem and payment of a separate fee to a service provider; local charges may apply.

Speech recognition     Speech recognition technologies require a higher level of hardware support for the computer, as well as a microphone.

  • For all operating systems, the recommended hardware requirements increase to a Pentium 400 MHz or higher processor and 128 MB of RAM.
  • The recommended microphone is a high-quality, close-talk USB microphone that conforms to PC99 System Design Guide standards. If you are using a USB microphone, a sound card is not required, as audio processing is handled by the device itself.
  • If you are using a conventional microphone, the unit should be a high quality close-talk headset that places the microphone within four inches of the speaker's mouth. Conventional microphones should also conform to PC99 System Design Guide standards. A conventional microphone requires a sound card in the computer.

Handwriting     Graphics tablet recommended for handwriting features.

PowerPoint broadcasts     Windows Media Encoder–compatible video camera for broadcasts including video; Microsoft Exchange Chat server to enable chats during live broadcasts; Microsoft Windows Media Server to enable multicasts of live broadcasts to more than 10 audience members.

Microsoft Office XP Professional with FrontPage

Microsoft Office XP Professional with FrontPage includes the following applications:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft FrontPage

Core system requirements

To use Microsoft Office XP Professional with FrontPage, users' computers must meet the following requirements:

Processor     Pentium 133 MHz or higher processor required for all operating systems.

Operating system     Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition; Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or greater; Microsoft Windows 2000. The recommended operating system is Windows 2000 Professional.

On systems running Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6, the version of Internet Explorer must be upgraded to at least Internet Explorer 4.01 with Service Pack 1.

Memory     Memory requirements for Office Professional with FrontPage depend upon the operating system used with the computer. Operating system RAM requirements assume default Windows installations; running additional utilities or applications may require additional RAM.

  • For Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, 24 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus an additional 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.
  • For Windows Millennium Edition and Windows NT Workstation or Server 4.0 or later, 32 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus an additional 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.
  • For Windows 2000 Professional, 64 MB of RAM recommended minimum. For Windows 2000 Server or Advanced Server, 256 MB of RAM recommended minimum. In addition, you should have 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.

Hard-disk space     Numbers indicate typical installation; your hard-disk usage will vary depending on the configuration. Custom installation choices may require more or less hard-disk space.

  • 285 MB of available hard-disk space is required for the default configuration of Office XP Professional with FrontPage.
  • Users without Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition, or Office 2000 SR-1 will need an extra 50 MB of hard-disk space for the System Files Update.
  • On computers where Office XP is installed on a different drive than the operating system, the operating system drive should have 115 MB of available hard-disk space.
  • For international deployments, you should allow an extra 50 MB of hard-disk space for each additional language interface you install.

For optimal performance, an additional 100 MB of available hard-disk space is recommended for use by the Windows swap file.

Registry space     Under Windows NT and Windows 2000, at least 4 MB of space must be available in the registry.

Disk drives     CD-ROM drive.

Monitor     VGA or higher-resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended.

Pointing device     Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device.


 Note    If you are deploying Microsoft's SharePoint™ Team Services or FrontPage Server Extensions, the system requirements may differ from the items specified above. For more information, see the system requirements section in the appropriate documentation:

For Team Services system requirements, see the SharePoint Team Services Administrator's Guide.

For FrontPage Server Extensions system requirements, see the SharePoint Team Services Administrator's Guide.


Additional requirements for specific features

Some Office XP Professional with FrontPage features have additional requirements:

Modem     9600 baud modem; 14,400 or higher baud recommended.

Multimedia     Multimedia computer required for sound and other multimedia effects. A hardware-accelerated video card or MMX processor will provide improved graphical rendering performance.

E-mail     Microsoft Exchange, Internet SMTP/POP3, IMAP4, or other MAPI-compliant messaging software.

Collaboration     Microsoft Exchange Server required for certain advanced collaboration functionality in Microsoft Outlook.

Internet     Some Internet functionality may require Internet access via a 14,400 or higher baud modem and payment of a separate fee to a service provider; local charges may apply.

Speech recognition     Speech recognition technologies require a higher level of hardware support for the computer, as well as a microphone.

  • For all operating systems, the recommended hardware requirements increase to a Pentium 400 MHz or higher processor and 128 MB of RAM.
  • The recommended microphone is a high-quality, close-talk USB microphone that conforms to PC99 System Design Guide standards. If you are using a USB microphone, a sound card is not required, as audio processing is handled by the device itself.
  • If you are using a conventional microphone, the unit should be a high quality close-talk headset that places the microphone within four inches of the speaker's mouth. Conventional microphones should also conform to PC99 System Design Guide standards. A conventional microphone requires a sound card in the computer.

Handwriting     Graphics tablet recommended for handwriting features.

PowerPoint broadcasts     Windows Media Encoder–compatible video camera for broadcasts including video; Microsoft Exchange Chat server to enable chats during live broadcasts; Microsoft Windows Media Server to enable multicasts of live broadcasts to more than 10 audience members.

Microsoft Office XP Developer

Microsoft Office XP Developer includes two CDs: Microsoft Office XP Professional with FrontPage and Microsoft Office XP Developer Tools. Features and components included with the Developer Tools include the following:

  • Microsoft Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) tools, including Code Librarian, Packaging Wizard, and productivity add-ins
  • Workflow Designer for Exchange
  • Workflow Designer for SQL™ Server
  • Microsoft Visual SourceSafe™ for Windows 7.0
  • MSDE (Microsoft Data Engine) and MDAC (Microsoft Data Access Components)
  • Microsoft Access 2002 Runtime
  • Replication Manager
  • Microsoft Answer Wizard Builder
  • MSDN Library
  • HTML Help Workshop

While the system requirements for Office XP Professional with FrontPage are the same as described above, some of the Developer Tools components present different requirements. The following sections describe the specific requirements for Office XP Developer Tools.

Complete information about Office Developer Tools is available on the Microsoft Office Developer Center Web site.

Core system requirements

To use Microsoft Office Developer, your computer must meet the following requirements:

Processor     Pentium 133 MHz or higher processor required for all operating systems.

Operating system     Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition; Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or greater; Microsoft Windows 2000. The recommended operating system is Windows 2000 Professional.

On systems running Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6, the version of Internet Explorer must be upgraded to at least Internet Explorer 4.01 with Service Pack 1.

Memory     Memory requirements for Office XP Developer depend upon the operating system used with the computer. Operating system RAM requirements assume default Windows installations, and running additional utilities or applications may require additional RAM.

  • For Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millennium Edition, a minimum of 32 MB of RAM for the operating system; 64 MB is recommended. In addition, you should have 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.
  • For Windows NT Workstation 4.0 or later with Service Pack 6, a minimum of 32 MB of RAM for the operating system; 64 MB is recommended. In addition, you should have 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.
  • For Windows 2000 Professional, a minimum of 64 MB of RAM for the operating system; 96 MB is recommended. In addition, you should have 8 MB of RAM for each application running simultaneously.
  • For Windows 2000 Server, 128 MB of RAM minimum, 256 MB is recommended.

Hard-disk space     Numbers indicate typical installation; your hard-disk usage will vary depending on the configuration. Custom installation choices may require more or less hard-disk space.

  • 445 MB of available hard-disk space is required for the default configuration of Office XP Developer (285 MB for Microsoft Office XP Professional with FrontPage, plus 160 MB for the Developer Tools).
  • In addition, hard-disk space is required for the Microsoft Office Developer system component update. The space required depends upon the operating system:
    • 120 MB of hard-disk space is required on Windows NT 4.0 or later.
    • 50 MB of hard-disk space is required on Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition.
    • 230 MB of hard-disk space is required on Windows 2000.
  • Users without Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition, or Office 2000 SR-1 will need an extra 50 MB of hard-disk space for the System Files Update.
  • On computers where Office XP is installed on a different drive than the operating system, the operating system drive should have 115 MB of available hard-disk space.
  • For international deployments, you should allow an extra 50 MB of hard-disk space for each additional language interface you install.

Registry space     Under Windows NT and Windows 2000, at least 4 MB of space must be available in the registry.

Disk drives     CD-ROM or DVD drive.

Monitor     Super VGA 800x600 256 color is the recommended minimum.

Pointing device     Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device.

Workflow Service for SQL Server system requirements

The Workflow Service included with Office XP Developer can be used to develop workflow on 7.0, SQL Server 2000, or Exchange Server 2000. The minimum system requirements for any of these servers are as follows:

Processor     Pentium I 166 MHz or compatible processor minimum; Pentium II 266 or greater recommended.

Operating system     Windows 2000 server family.

Memory     128 MB of RAM minimum; 256 MB of RAM recommended.

Additional requirements for specific features

Some Office XP Developer features have additional requirements:

Modem     9600 baud modem; 14,400 or higher baud recommended.

Multimedia     Multimedia computer required for sound and other multimedia effects. A hardware-accelerated video card or MMX processor will provide improved graphical rendering performance.

E-mail     Microsoft Exchange, Internet SMTP/POP3, IMAP4, or other MAPI-compliant messaging software.

Collaboration     Microsoft Exchange Server required for certain advanced collaboration functionality in Microsoft Outlook.

Internet     Some Internet functionality may require Internet access via a 14,400 or higher baud modem and payment of a separate fee to a service provider; local charges may apply.

Speech recognition     Speech recognition technologies require a higher level of hardware support for the computer, as well as a microphone.

  • For all operating systems, the recommended hardware requirements increase to a Pentium 400 MHz or higher processor and 128 MB of RAM.
  • The recommended microphone is a high-quality, close-talk USB microphone that conforms to PC99 System Design Guide standards. If you are using a USB microphone, a sound card is not required, as audio processing is handled by the device itself.
  • If you are using a conventional microphone, the unit should be a high quality close-talk headset that places the microphone within four inches of the speaker's mouth. Conventional microphones should also conform to PC99 System Design Guide standards. A conventional microphone requires a sound card in the computer.

Handwriting     Graphics tablet recommended for handwriting features.

PowerPoint broadcasts     Windows Media Encoder–compatible video camera for broadcasts including video; Microsoft Exchange Chat server to enable chats during live broadcasts; Microsoft Windows Media Server to enable multicasts of live broadcasts to more than 10 audience members.

Enterprise editions of Office XP

In addition to the core applications, Enterprise editions of Office XP contain tools and functionality designed to support the deployment and support of Microsoft Office in organizations. Additional features of the Enterprise editions include the Office Resource Kit and built-in support for Microsoft Office XP Multilingual User Interface Packs.

The system requirements for a given Enterprise edition are the same as for the associated regular edition. For example, the requirements for Office XP Professional Enterprise are the same as for Office XP Professional. The following Enterprise editions are available for Office XP:

  • Office Standard — Enterprise edition
  • Office Professional — Enterprise edition
  • Office Professional with FrontPage — Enterprise edition

 Note    If you are deploying Microsoft's SharePoint Team Services or FrontPage Server Extensions, the system requirements may differ from the items specified above. For more information, see the system requirements section in the appropriate documentation:

For SharePoint Team Services system requirements, see the SharePoint Team Services Administrator's Guide.

For FrontPage Server Extensions system requirements, see the SharePoint Team Services Administrator's Guide.


Stand-alone Office XP applications

If you deploy a single Office XP application, such as Outlook or Word, the core requirements for the processor, RAM, and operating system will be the same as for the suites listed above. The hard-disk space requirements for a single application will be less than for a complete suite.

The following table lists the requirements for installing a single application on a computer. Because the applications in an Office suite share many files, the installation of a single application includes many files that would only be installed once for a complete suite. If you install multiple stand-alone applications, the footprint for the succeeding ones will usually be less than 40 MB.

Stand-alone product Hard-disk space required
Word 150 MB
Excel 140 MB
Outlook 135 MB
PowerPoint 115 MB
Access 170 MB
FrontPage 165 MB
Publisher 180 MB
Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 100 MB

The hard-disk space numbers indicate typical installation; your hard-disk usage will vary depending on the configuration. Custom installation choices may require more or less hard-disk space.

  • Users without Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition, or Office 2000 SR-1 will need an extra 50 MB of hard-disk space for the System Files Update.
  • On computers where Office XP is installed on a different drive than the operating system, the operating system drive should have 115 MB of available hard-disk space.
  • For international deployments, you should allow an extra 50 MB of hard-disk space for each additional language interface you install.

Office administrative platform

If you are planning to deploy Office XP in an organization, the most efficient approach is to create an administrative installation point on a network server. The administrative installation point contains all of the Office XP application files, plus the configuration information and other resources you specify. Users connect to the share and run Setup to install a customized version of Office XP on their computers.

Microsoft Office XP supports most widely available network operating systems and network clients for file and printing services. Office XP has been tested with the following network servers and clients.

Microsoft network operating systems and clients

Microsoft Office XP supports the following Microsoft network servers and clients:

Supported network servers
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, including support for Microsoft Gateway Service for NetWare and Services for The Macintosh
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or later, including support for Microsoft Gateway Service for NetWare and Services for The Macintosh
Supported network clients
  • Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition with Client for Microsoft Networks
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or later
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Novell network operating systems and clients

Novell network servers and clients

Supported network servers
  • Novell NetWare® 3.12 with year 2000 updates
  • Novell NetWare 4.11 with year 2000 updates
  • Novell intraNetWare® 4.11 with Support Pack 5b and year 2000 updates
  • Novell NetWare 5.1
Supported Novell network clients
  • Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition with Novell intraNetWare client 2.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation with Service Pack 6 or later and Novell intraNetWare client version 4.30.410
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Novell intraNetWare client version 4.30.410
Supported Microsoft network clients
  • Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition and Client for NetWare Networks with Service for NetWare Directory Services
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or later and Client Service for NetWare
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Client Service for NetWare

Banyan network operating systems and clients

Microsoft Office XP supports the following Banyan network servers and clients.

Supported network servers
  • Banyan VINES 6.4
  • Banyan VINES 8.5

 Note    Banyan VINES 6.x does not support long file names. Banyan VINES 7.x or later does support long file names. Also, Banyan requires upgrading to VINES 8.5 for year 2000 support.


Supported network clients
  • Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition and Banyan VINES Enterprise Client 8.52 for Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or later
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Banyan VINES Enterprise Client 8.56 for Windows NT

UNIX NFS clients

Microsoft Office XP supports the following UNIX NFS clients:

  • Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition and Sun Microsystems Solstice Network Client™ versions 3.1 and 3.2
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or later and Sun Microsystems Solstice Network Client versions 3.1 and 3.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Sun Microsystems Solstice Network Client versions 3.1 and 3.2
  • Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition and FTP Network Access Suite 3.0
  • Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or later and FTP Network Access Suite 3.0
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and FTP Network Access Suite 3.0

 Note    Microsoft Office 2000 testing is performed for Sun Microsystems Solaris 2.4 NFS services and Microsoft NT Services for NFS. Record locking in shared Microsoft Access database files (MDB) is not supported. Use of drive aliases is required for NFS client support.


IBM network operating systems and clients

Microsoft Office XP supports the following IBM network servers and clients.

Supported network servers
  • IBM OS/2 Warp LanServer 4.1.1
Supported network clients
  • Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition and IBM Network Client 4.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or later and IBM Network Client 4.2.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and IBM Network Client 4.2.2

Digital network operating systems and clients

Microsoft Office XP supports the following Digital network servers and clients:

Supported network servers
  • Digital Pathworks 5.0E for OpenVMS
  • Digital OpenVMS v6.2 for Alpha
Supported network clients
  • Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition and Digital Pathworks 32 version 7.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or later and Digital Pathworks 32 version 7.0
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Digital Pathworks 32 version 7.0

 Note    Record locking in shared Microsoft Access database files (MDB) is not supported.


LANtastic peer-to-peer network operating systems

Microsoft Office XP supports the following Artisoft LANtastic peer-to-peer networking software:

  • Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition and Artisoft LANtastic 7.0

Office XP and Windows Terminal Services

Windows Terminal Services is a technology that lets you run Office XP applications remotely on a Windows-based server from a client computer over a network connection. When Terminal Services is enabled, administrators do not have to install Office XP on each client computer. Instead, the application is installed once on the server, and the clients gain access to Office XP through terminal emulation.

When a user runs an application on a client computer using Terminal Services, all of the application execution takes place on the server. Only the keyboard, mouse, and display information is transmitted over the network. Each user is restricted to his or her individual session, which is managed transparently by the server operating system.

For the Windows 2000 platform, Terminal Services is an optional service available on the standard server, advanced server, and datacenter server versions. For the Windows NT 4.0 platform, remote services are supported with Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition.


 Note    Licensing is required when deploying a Terminal Services–enabled server as an application server. Each client, regardless of the type of operating system and protocol used to connect to Terminal Services, must have the Terminal Services Client Access License (CAL) as well as a Windows 2000 Server CAL. Each copy of Windows 2000 Professional includes a Terminal Services CAL, but not a Windows 2000 Server CAL. Customers with servers using earlier versions of Microsoft Windows NT, or with client computers using other operating systems, must purchase a Terminal Services CAL and a Windows 2000 Server CAL, or the appropriate upgrade licenses.


Core system requirements for Terminal Services

The following sections list the system requirements for Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0 servers running Terminal Services.

Windows 2000 Server

Processor     Pentium 133 MHz or higher processor. Windows 2000 Server supports up to four CPUs on one machine.

Memory     256 MB of RAM recommended minimum (128 MB minimum supported; 4 gigabytes (GB) maximum).

Hard-disk space     2 GB hard disk with a minimum of 1 GB free space. (Additional free hard-disk space is required if you are installing over a network.)

Disk drives     CD-ROM or DVD drive.

Monitor     VGA or higher-resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended.

Pointing device     Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device.

Windows 2000 Advanced Server

Processor     Pentium 133 MHz or higher processor. Windows 2000 Advanced Server supports up to eight CPUs on one machine.

Memory     256 MB of RAM recommended minimum (128 MB minimum supported; 8 GB maximum).

Hard-disk space     2 GB hard disk with a minimum of 1 GB free space. (Additional free hard-disk space is required if you are installing over a network.)

Disk drives     CD-ROM or DVD drive.

Monitor     VGA or higher-resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended.

Pointing device     Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device.

Windows 2000 Datacenter Server

Processor     Pentium III Xeon processors or higher. 8-way capable or higher server (supports up to 32-way).

Memory     256 MB of RAM recommended minimum.

Hard disk space     2 GB hard disk with a minimum of 1 GB free space. (Additional free hard-disk space is required if you are installing over a network.)

Disk drives     CD-ROM or DVD drive.

Monitor     VGA or higher-resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended.

Pointing device     Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device.

Windows NT Server 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or later, Terminal Server Edition

Processor     Pentium 133 or higher processor.

Memory     32 MB of RAM minimum, plus 4 to 8 additional MB for each client connecting to the service.

Hard disk space     2 GB hard disk with a minimum of 1 GB free space. (Additional free hard-disk space is required if you are installing over a network.)

Disk drives     CD-ROM or DVD drive.

Monitor     VGA or higher-resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended.

Pointing device     Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device.

Core system requirements for client computers

Client computers use the Terminal Services Client software to manage communications between the client and the server running Office XP through Terminal Services. Each user that runs an application on Windows Terminal Server opens a separate instance of the application on the server, and all customizations are stored in a per-user storage area.

Client platforms that support Windows Terminal Services include the following:

  • 32-bit Windows-based PCs running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT 3.51, Windows NT 4.0, or Windows 2000 Professional
  • 16-bit Windows-based PCs running Windows for Workgroups 3.11 with MS TCP/IP-32
  • Windows CE–based terminals
  • Windows CE–based Handheld Professional devices (H/PC Pro)
  • Third-party software vendors such as Citrix provide clients for non-Windows platforms such as the Apple Macintosh, MS-DOS, and UNIX

For more information about requirements and applications for Windows Terminal Services, see your Windows documentation.

 
 
Applies to:
Deployment Center 2003