Software Deployment Question

Is there a way to force Windows Update to include Office updates without having to run office once?

01/04/2013 17374 views

I did a quick search and didn't turn anything up, so I hope this hasn't already been covered a dozen times.  When we deploy our machines (scripted installs), one of the many steps we have to do is opening something from the Microsoft Office Suite 2010 and answer their "Do you want to include office updates with your windows udpates?" questionare (so as to get Office updates via the Windows Update tool).  Is there a way to force this (allowing Windows Update to pull the Office updates) to happen automatically WITHOUT having to open an office product?  I know that we can push updates with the K1000, but that isn't an option right at this moment.  All of our Office products are customized via MSP files, if that is useful at all.  Thanks in advance!

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Try adding these registry keys using the admin tool or GPO.


HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Common\Internet\UseOnlineContent REG_DWORD 00000001 

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Common\General\ShownFirstRunOptin REG_DWORD  00000001

Answered 01/04/2013 by: Estes
Second Degree Blue Belt

  • Finally got to give it a try and now I don't get that annoying little message from MS Office at first run. Thanks for the info!

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If you turn on Automatic Updates using your settings in Control Panel, Windows will automatically find and install high-priority updates for any Microsoft products that you have installed and that are supported by the website.

Answered 01/06/2013 by: jagadeish
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