I've posted this to news.microsoft and Experts Exchange with no useful responses. Can anyone here shed some light on what's happening (or recommend a course of action?)
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Why does this *work*?

Here's what I did:

1) Made an ISO of Microsoft Office Professional Enterprise Edition
2003 (Volume License) using WinISO
2) Used the Microsoft Office 2003 Resource Kit's Custom Installation
Wizard to create an MST with my desired settings.
3) Changed the AUTORUN.INF on the CD to the following:

[autorun]
ICON=SETUP.EXE,1

shell\configure=C&onfigure...
shell\configure\command=SETUP.EXE

shell\install=&Default Install...
shell\install\command=SETUP.EXE

shell\CDSS=&CDSS Install...
shell\CDSS\command=SETUP.EXE TRANSFORMS="CDSS.MST" /qb-

4) Added modified AUTORUN.INF and the CDSS.MST to the root of the ISO.
5) Burned the ISO to CD.
6) Insert CD, installation automatically begins and installs Office
2003 with all of my settings.

Why?!?! I had expected Autorun to do *nothing* because I removed the
"OPEN=SETUP.EXE /AUTORUN" line from the AUTORUN.INF. And then, I would
have expected an "autoran" setup to be the standard non-quiet,
prompt-for-the-key installation.

- How did the installation automatically begin?
- How did the installation pick up my MST file without being
explicitly told to use it?

I'm happy that it works, but I'd love to know why...
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Don't know why it happened exactly, but would it not make more sense to delete the autorun.inf file and create a batch file that calls setup.exe with the transform. This way you can be guaranteed that it will not run until you tell it to.
Answered 06/11/2004 by: cdupuis
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Ideally, I wanted the CD user to right-click on the CD and choose either "Default Install..." or "CDSS Install...". I can certainly replace the autorun with a "launcher" of my own creation, but I was hoping to do as little work as possible. [:)]
Answered 06/11/2004 by: straffin
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You could create your own autorun with a menu as to what install you want to run, then it would pop up automagically and the user could click the appropriate link.
Answered 06/11/2004 by: cdupuis
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Yes, I could, but that would require thought.[:D]

I'm more interested in why this behavior is even happening and how it picked up my MST...
Answered 06/11/2004 by: straffin
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Um.. since nobody mentioned it, is this a typo?

shell\configure=C&onfigure...
Answered 06/15/2004 by: VikingLoki
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