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The OpenOffice.org setup for Microsoft Windows uses MSI packages. MSI is the standard tool for installing software packages under Microsoft Windows.

Documentation note.png The Advertise option (/J{m|u}) of the Microsoft Software Installer is not supported by the OpenOffice.org installation package.

Extract the OpenOffice.org installation files

All files of the OpenOffice.org installation set are packed into a single file in the download version of the OpenOffice.org installation set. This file must be unpacked before the MSI package is accessible.

To expand the download installation set :

  1. Double click on the the file from the download install set or start the file from the command line.
  2. The OpenOffice.org Installation Preparation Wizard appears.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Select the Destination Folder for the unpacked files.
  5. Once all files are unpacked, the regular OpenOffice.org Installation Wizard dialog appears. Do not follow the installation dialog. Leave the dialog open and copy the expanded files from the installation set into a different directory.
  6. Click Cancel in the OpenOffice.org Installation Wizard, click Yes to confirm the cancellation, and click Finish to close the Installation Wizard.

Unattended (silent) installation

The parameter /qn is used to suppress the User Interface and all message boxes during the installation.

msiexec /qn /i openofficeorg<version>.msi

Copy the OpenOffice.org installation set to a network share

This installation type does not install OpenOffice.org on single machine, instead it copies the installation files, ready for a future OpenOffice.org installation, into a directory. The user could later start the OpenOffice.org setup from this directory for a local installation.

  1. Start the network Installation Wizard
     msiexec /a openofficeorg<version>.msi
  2. Click Next
  3. Specify the network share where the installation files will be copied.
  4. Click Install.
  5. Click Finish when the installer is finished copying the files to the network share.

Users can install OpenOffice.org from this shared network location by browsing to the shared directory and double clicking on openofficeorg<version>.msi.

Documentation note.png If you choose to include specific configuration files for a specific environment, you can copy them from a template directory you created into the users' application data directory using the command

xcopy /v /y /e /z template-dir "%APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org\3\"

If you want to install addons, then you can use the command:

echo yes | "c:\program files\openoffice.org 3\program\unopkg.com" add <specificaddon>.oxt

Uninstall

Uninstalling MSI packages from the command line is not easy. Using the original name of the MSI package does not work. The Windows Installer expects the ProductCode of the application. The product code for an English OpenOffice.org installation set is different to the product code for a German or Italian installation set. OpenOffice.org saves this ProductCode into the setup.ini that is located in the program directory of OpenOffice.org. The parameter for the uninstall is /x and the /qn parameter for a silent uninstall.

  1. Open a file manager and browse to <openoffice.org-install-dir>/program.
  2. Open setup.ini and locate the ProductCode.
  3. Uninstall OpenOffice.org with:
     msiexec /qn /x {4BC1CB2B-FDCE-4DB4-A557-BA8127569B0D}
Documentation note.png The ProductCode {4BC1CB2B-FDCE-4DB4-A557-BA8127569B0D} is an example. You must find the correct product code for your specific OpenOffice.org installation.

Repairing an OpenOffice.org installation

Existing OpenOffice.org installations can also be repaired using msiexec.

msiexec /f [p|o|e|d|c|a|u|m|s|v] /x {ProductCode}

A description of all repair options is available online in the Microsoft Developer Network: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Aa367988

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