Are you sick of getting stuff you never ordered?
I had to set up a new Windows system and I remembered that the last time I tried to remove Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business and OneDrive from my Windows installation it was really annoying. So this time I had to go in a different direction. Instead of installing the complete package from office.com, I decided to install a custom package. Here is a short description how to do an office installation without the desired applications.
Step 1: Office Deployment Tool
The Office Deployment Tool is intended for administrators to customize the Office installation for use in local networks, but it will also do the trick for us.
- Official Microsoft download page OfficeDeploymentTool
After you have downloaded the executable, run it and select a directory to extract the contents to.
You should see some configuration-Office….xml files and a setup.exe and that’s all for Step 1.
Step 2: Configuration
Next, we need to configure our office installation according to our needs.
in most cases the configuration-Office365-x64.xml will be the right one, open the file in a text editor.
My configuration file looks like this:
<Configuration> <Add OfficeClientEdition="64" Channel="Monthly" SourcePath="R:\preload" AllowCdnFallback="True"> <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail"> <Language ID="en-us" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Access" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Lync" /> <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" /> <ExcludeApp ID="OneDrive" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" /> </Product> <Product ID="LanguagePack"> <Language ID="de-de" /> </Product> </Add> <Updates Enabled="TRUE" Channel="Monthly" /> <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE" /> <Property Name="AUTOACTIVATE" Value="1" /> <Logging Level="Off" Path="%temp%" /> </Configuration>
That’s all for Step 2, after you have customized your installation we jump to the installation.
Step 3: Download and Installation
Now there are only two things left, download the installation package and start the installation.
Open a command window or PowerShell console and navigate to the folder containing the setup.exe.
.\setup.exe /download configuration-Office365-x64.xml will download all needed files to the filesystem Path which you have defined as SourcePath in your XML configuration.
This is gonna take a while, so why don’t you just sit back, relax and get yourself a cup of coffee.
You have done it right away, when the download is finished, you only have to execute the following command to start the installation.
.\setup.exe /configure configuration-Office365-x64.xml.
You can keep the installation files if you think you will need them again, or you can simply delete both folders.