Office Solution Prerequisites for Deployment

All Office solutions have prerequisites that must be installed before the solution can be run. In addition, the solutions have required components that must be deployed. You can create a Setup program that checks for prerequisites before it installs the solution components.

Applies to: The information in this topic applies to document-level projects and application-level projects for Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Office 2010. For more information, see Features Available by Office Application and Project Type.

End user computers must have the following software installed:

All ClickOnce Office solutions consist of the following components:

  • The assembly that contains the compiled custom code and any dependent assemblies, such as resources, satellites, or helper libraries.

  • The application manifest.

  • The deployment manifest.

  • The document (for document-level solutions only).

You can select which components must be installed, and the Setup program will check that the prerequisites are present before starting installation, to help ensure that all Office solutions work. However, if the end user installs the solution by opening a .vsto deployment manifest file, the prerequisites are not checked.

You can select the method of making the prerequisites available to customers:

  • Include them with the Setup program.

  • Download and install them from a Web site or network share.

You can download the prerequisites from the Microsoft Download Center, or you can configure your own server location for the prerequisites. For more information about how to choose the prerequisites and method of installation, see How to: Install Prerequisites with a ClickOnce Application.

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