[Guide] How to Slipstream Service Packs into Microsoft Office Setup?
We know that Microsoft regularly releases Service Packs for its products such as Windows, Microsoft Office, etc. These service packs install latest updates, hotfixes and fix several bugs and issues present in the software.
Consider a situation! You install a fresh Windows for example Windows 7. After installing Windows, you'll need to separately install its Service Pack 1 to fix issues, add new functionality, etc. Same thing applies to Microsoft Office suite. If you install Microsoft Office such as Office 2007, Office 2010 or Office 2013 version, you'll need to separately install its service pack.
Installing Service Packs manually and separately from the main product always takes extra time and that's where the concept of slipstreaming comes to rescue.
Slipstreaming or integrating service pack in a software product is the process to add the new service pack files into the main product setup so that when we install the software product, it automatically installs the service pack and we don't need to install the service pack manually.
If you want to slipstream service packs into Microsoft Office setup, this tutorial will definitely help you. Today in this tutorial we are going to share a very simple and easy to follow method which will help you in putting service packs directly into Office setup so that it automatically installs service packs at the time of Office installation in your computer.
NOTE: This method of slipstreaming service pack into Microsoft Office setup will apply to all Office versions and all service packs. In other words, the trick of service pack slipstreaming into Office setup is same for all Office versions. Also it doesn't matter whether you are trying to slipstream service pack 1, 2 or 3, it'll work for any service pack version and any Office suite.
So without wasting time lets start the tutorial:
STEP 1: First of all copy Office setup files from the setup disc to your hard disk drive. You can copy the setup files anywhere on your computer for example at Desktop or in any drive such as D:, E:, etc.
It would be better if you create a new folder to copy all setup files inside it. You can give any name to this new folder.
STEP 2: Now download the required Service Pack setup file if you don't have it.
- Download Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
- Download Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
- Download Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Please keep in mind that all service packs for Microsoft Office are cumulative which means the newer version of service pack already contains all updates present in the previous version of service pack. For example, SP2 of Office 2010 contains all updates present in SP1 of Office 2010, so you don't need to slipstream both service packs into Office 2010 setup. Just slipstream the latest service pack i.e. SP2 into Office 2010. Same principle applies to other Office versions.
STEP 3: Now you'll need to extract all the files from service pack's EXE file. You can use the free archive utility 7-Zip to extract the content of service pack's EXE file.
Just right-click on service pack's EXE file and select the 7-Zip option to extract its content to a new folder.
Once you extract the service pack's EXE file content, you'll get several files in the new folder such as .txt, .xml, .msp.
STEP 4: Go to the folder containing Office setup files mentioned in STEP 1 and look for a folder "Updates" inside it. If you don't see the folder, create a new folder and set its name to Updates.
Now copy the content of service pack's EXE file which you got after extracting the service pack in STEP 3 and paste them in Updates folder.
That's it. Now whenever you run Office setup.exe file, it'll automatically install service pack files.
If you want to create setup disc, you can use any 3rd party disc burning software to create a new setup DVD for your Office installation slipstreamed with the latest service pack.
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