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How to: Prepare End User Computers to Run Office Solutions

Each computer to which you deploy business solutions that are developed with Visual Studio Tools for Office must meet certain prerequisites. In addition, you must configure the security policy to enable the solution to run. For information about the steps required to deploy solution files, see How to: Deploy Office Solutions.

To prepare an end user's computer to run Office solutions

  1. Install the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0. For more information, see Where to Obtain the .NET Framework Redistributable Package.

  2. Install a version of Microsoft Office that is supported by your version of Visual Studio Tools for Office. The following table lists the supported versions of Microsoft Office.

    Microsoft Office 2003 2007 Microsoft Office system

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO 2005)

    Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003.

    Microsoft Office Professional Enterprise Edition 2003.

    Microsoft Office Excel 2003.*

    Microsoft Office Word 2003.*

    Microsoft Office Outlook 2003.*

    Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 Trial.

    Microsoft Office System Evaluation 2003 Enterprise Edition.

    All suite editions of the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

    Microsoft Office Excel 2007.*

    Microsoft Office Word 2007.*

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System (VSTO 2005 SE)

    Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003.

    Microsoft Office Professional Enterprise Edition 2003.

    Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003.

    Microsoft Office Excel 2003.*

    Microsoft Office Outlook 2003.*

    Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003.*

    Microsoft Office Visio 2003.*

    Microsoft Office Word 2003.*

    All suite editions of the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

    Microsoft Office Excel 2007.*

    Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007.*

    Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.*

    Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007.*

    Microsoft Office Visio 2007.*

    Microsoft Office Word 2007.*

    *This refers to the stand-alone version that is not part of a suite.

    NoteNote

    Document-level customizations created by using VSTO 2005 can be opened in Word 2007 and Excel 2007. However, Outlook 2003 add-ins created by VSTO 2005 cannot be used with Outlook 2007.

    NoteNote

    Although Visual Studio Tools for Office requires Office 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later on development computers, SP1 is not required to run Visual Studio Tools for Office solutions on end user computers. However, the latest service pack is recommended.

    Choose the Complete installation option to ensure that the primary interop assemblies and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) are installed. These components are required.

  3. Install the Visual Studio Tools for Office runtime.

    If you are deploying VSTO 2005 SE solutions to computers that already have VSTO 2005 solutions installed, you might have to redeploy the Visual Studio Tools for Office runtime. For more information, see How to: Install the Visual Studio Tools for Office Runtime.

  4. If any end users run your solutions using an English version of Visual Studio with non-English settings for Windows, install the Visual Studio Tools for Office Language Pack to see Visual Studio Tools for Office runtime messages in the same language as Windows. The Visual Studio Tools for Office Language Pack is available from the Microsoft Download Center (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads). Non-English versions of Visual Studio automatically install the language pack.

  5. For application-level add-ins, create the registry keys required to run the add-in on the client computer. For more information, see Deploying Application-Level Add-ins.

  6. Grant full trust to the assemblies.

  7. For document-level customizations, if the Microsoft Office document is in a network location, you must grant full trust to the document as well. For more information, see Deploying Security Policy and How to: Grant Permissions to Folders and Assemblies.

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