I'm looking to deploy the latest Office Excel Viewer, but would like to customise the location of the start menu shortcut (eg. Start Menu\Programs\Tools\Office Excel Viewer.lnk).

In an effort to do this I would normally create a transform in which I change the destination path of the shortcut included in Microsoft's MSI file. However, it would appear that any changes implemented through my MST are simply ignored and the shortcut will always be created as per the MSI default.

I'm I doing this wrong? Is the MSI coded to ignore my MST file? Is such customisation locked in this case?

I'm using Wise Package Studio to create the MST - Though I have done the same through Orca with no luck.
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For reasons known only to MS, Office 2007 is now customized using patches (MSPs) rather than transforms. You also need to futz with an XML file, CONFIG.XML. There's plenty of info in posts and in the 'Package KB'.
Answered 04/22/2009 by: VBScab
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Hi Tim,
your on the complete wrong track here!
Alter office MSI's directly was never needed, except in very rare situations.
In earlier versions, the customization was done with Office Resource Kit Tools (ORK).
Its successor for O2k7 is now called Office Customization Tool (OCT) and is included within the original setup.
To start the Office Customization Tool (OCT) type setup.exe /admin.

And see the Package KB (link at top of page).

Regards, Nick
Answered 04/22/2009 by: nheim
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'tis OK... it works fine on a clean box.

BTW the Excel Viewer is still a traditional MSI, unlike the Office 2007 suites.
Answered 04/22/2009 by: Timshel
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