I am faced with this problem,

I have deployed Office 2003 with just excel using MST. Now I have to deploy the entire Office suite to everyone including the machines that received just excel.

How can I make a package so that, to the machines that already have excel, it installs the missing components and to the machines that don't have office, install the entire suite.

Can I do this with just one package? Details will be appreciated.

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Hi VC,
how do you deploy your software?
If you e.g. use GPO deployment, you could select to upgrade the previous installation.
If you do it with scripts, uninstall it with start /wait msiexec /x {Productcode} /qn and do the install afterward.
Hope, this gives you some ideas.
Regards, Nick
Answered 07/05/2007 by: nheim
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You could do it with one pacakge, but you will have to uninstall Excel first.

When you run the installer the 2nd time, it will recognize that the product code is already installed. Since you used the office product with just excel, it won't work. I ran into this same issue long ago when we were doing some components of Office and I had to use the full product installs in order to get it to work.

Depending on how you setup your first install for Excel, it would be easy enough to uninstall and then reinstall if you could script in the MSIEXEC /X command.
Answered 07/06/2007 by: Chipster
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