December 26, 2008

Deploying Office 2007 Compatibility pack via Group Policy

Filed under: Group Policy — Rahul Patel @ 2:49 pm

Firstly, download the FileFormatConvers.exe file from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en

1.Create a directory C:\DEPLOY and place the .exe in there. Open a command shell and type the following:

C:\DEPLOY\FileFormatConverters.exe /extract:C:\DEPLOY\

This will extract the files to the directory and you will end up with two main files – 012Conv.CAB & O12Conv.MSI

2.You now need to place these two files onto a file server share where all your users have read permissions.

3.Now open up your Group Policy console and create a new policy.

4.Expand out the Computers Configuration and select the Software Settings > Software Installation.

5.Right-click in the right hand pane and select New > Package.

6.Browse to the package on the file share you are going to use and select the O12Conv.MSI file and choose

7.When prompted choose Assigned (you can also choose Publish but this option will not automatically install the software for your users – it will just make the package available for them to install).

8.Once you have pressed OK you will find the package in your GPO.


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