Posted 09 September 2011 - 12:42 PM
An alternative way to install Office 2007 and its updates that we have successfully tested in the Italian community of nLite that I attend is to use the directory "Updates". All msp files in it (both extracted from SP2 and subsequent patches, in addition to the current configuration file made with setup.exe / admin) are applied during installation. In this way, you can just run the setup.exe and the installation of the program is completed, with the configuration setting according to the choices in the customization file are applied and also all the updates.
This procedure has been found particularly advantageous to know which updates are replaced because of the name of the msp files: supersedes patch are replaced with new msp file with the same name. The only drawback of this method is that now, with SP2 + patches + custom files, I have a total of about 540 MB of stuff in that folder, almost as the same MB of Office . This method of deployment is much faster than the administrative installation of the provious Office 2003, althoug the installation procedure is now much longer.