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The Microsoft® Office XP Resource Kit is designed for administrators, information technology (IT) professionals, and support staff who deploy and support Microsoft Office XP. The Office Resource Kit features a comprehensive set of tools to assist you with installation, configuration, and maintenance, as well as in-depth documentation on strategies and techniques that you can use to support Office XP within your organization.

For Office XP, the Resource Kit has been updated with improved tools and the latest information on deployment and administrative support. Some areas of the kit have been expanded, such as topics related to platform strategies, messaging, and worldwide support. Topics in other areas, such as migration and compatibility, have been greatly reduced, due to strong improvements in the product itself. Overall, the Office Resource Kit focuses on helping you get your organization up and running with Office XP in less time than ever.

A significant part of the Office Resource Kit is the ongoing support provided on the Office Resource Kit Web site. The Web site includes all of the information provided with the book, plus articles on emerging technologies, strategies, and issues. Current versions of all tools and support files are provided in the Office Resource Kit Toolbox, along with administrative update files for any Office XP service releases offered at a later date.

Office XP Resource Kit documentation

The Microsoft Office XP Resource Kit is published as a printed book by Microsoft Press®. Online versions are available on the World Wide Web and with Enterprise editions of Office XP. The printed book is available through your local bookseller, online bookstores, or directly from Microsoft Press. Included with the book is a CD that contains Office Resource Kit tools, reference information, and supplementary documents. To learn more about buying the book, visit the Microsoft Press Web site.

Documentation for the Microsoft Office XP Resource Kit is organized into five parts and an Appendix.

Part 1: Getting Started

Getting Started covers the basic information you need to know to start planning for an Office XP deployment. Here, you will find details on system requirements and upgrading from previous versions, as well as a comprehensive list of new features included in the Office Resource Kit itself. This section also highlights the new collaboration services provided with Office XP through Microsoft's SharePoint™ Team Services technology.

Part 2: Deployment

At the heart of the Office Resource Kit are the tools and information designed to help you configure and deploy Office XP within your organization. The Deployment section provides extensive information on using the deployment tools, covering the basic installation scenarios along with specific information on platform issues, customization, and distribution. New areas covered in the Office XP Resource Kit include deployment strategies for Microsoft Windows® 2000, background information on how Setup runs, and instructions on how to deploy a service release.

Part 3: Maintenance

The Maintenance section describes many of the tools and strategies you can use to manage security and lower the total cost of ownership for Office XP. The topics on system policies, for example, explain how you can enforce settings and restrictions on users' computers to help maintain the overall stability of their systems. The broad security section describes how to help protect documents and your systems in general from viruses. Individual topics cover areas such as changing features or user settings, repairing an installation, and using the Office Profile Wizard to migrate settings and templates between computers. Finally, the topics on Custom Help show you how to integrate your organization's own support information into the Office XP Help environment.

Part 4: Worldwide Deployment

International organizations can use the Office XP Resource Kit to plan for multinational deployments. Topics describe how to implement international dictionaries and proofing tools, as well as how to use Unicode® support to open documents across different language versions of the product. The Worldwide Deployment section focuses on the Microsoft Office XP Multilingual User Interface Pack, which allows users to change the language of the user interface and the online Help system. Other features include sample customizations for multilingual deployments, along with information on Input Method Editors (IMEs), upgrading scenarios, and font support.

Part 5: Messaging

Fast and security-enhanced messaging is vital to any organization, and the Office XP Resource Kit covers what you need to know to plan, deploy, and maintain your messaging clients. Along with the standard deployment scenarios, the topics cover special cases such as quiet installations, roaming configurations, and deployment on Windows Terminal Services. The upgrading section covers upgrades from both previous and older versions of messaging clients, as well as Schedule+ migration and information on the Web protocol. Throughout the topics, a strong focus on security issues gives you the perspective you need to help maintain the integrity of your systems.


Summary information on all tools provided with the Office XP Resource Kit is provided in the Toolbox. Also included in the Office Resource Kit is a glossary of terms used throughout the topics, as well as a comprehensive index.

Documentation conventions in the Office Resource Kit

The following terms and text formats are used in the Office Resource Kit.

BoldIndicates the actual properties, commands, words, or characters that you type, view, or click in the user interface.
ItalicIn procedures, command lines, or syntax, italic characters indicate a placeholder for information or parameters that you must provide. For example, if the procedure asks you to type a file name, you type the actual name of a file.
Path\File nameIndicates a Windows file system path — for example, the file Templates\Normal.dot. Unless otherwise indicated, you can use a mixture of uppercase and lowercase characters when you type paths and file names.
Represents examples of code text.

Office XP Resource Kit Toolbox

The Office Resource Kit contains tools that help you to customize, configure, and deploy Office XP within your organization. If you have the Office XP Resource Kit CD or an Enterprise edition of Office XP, you can install the core tools and support documents through one integrated Setup program. The tools are also available separately from the download site of the Office Resource Kit Web site.

The following table summarizes the key tools that are installed by default when you run the Office Resource Kit Setup program. For information about specific tools, see the Toolbox.

Tool nameDescription
Answer Wizard BuilderEnables you to build your own Answer Wizard content that contains information specific to your organization.
CMW File ViewerDisplays the contents of a CMW file created by the Custom Maintenance Wizard in a readable text format in Notepad.
Corporate Error ReportingEnables you to manage the DW.exe crash-reporting tool. (DW.exe is a feedback tool used to analyze and develop fixes for crashes on users' computers.)
Custom Installation WizardAllows you to create a unique Windows Installer transform (MST file) for every installation scenario you need, without altering the original Windows Installer package (MSI file).
Custom Maintenance WizardEnables you to change settings, installation states, and other options after Office has been initially deployed.
Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit 5Lets you customize, distribute, and maintain Internet Explorer 5 from one central location.
Office Removal WizardLets you maintain a fine level of control over which files are removed from a user's system.
OPS File ViewerDisplays the contents of an OPS file created by the Profile Wizard in a readable text format in Notepad.
Profile WizardHelps you to create and save a default user profile, including standard locations for files and templates.
Setup INI Customization WizardProvides a convenient way to enter information into the correct section of the settings file, create a command line that includes the /settings option, and specify a custom INI file.
System Management Server Package Definition FilesUsed by Microsoft Systems Management Server to install Office 2000 applications remotely.
System Policy Editor and TemplatesAllows you to set and control the user interface and behavior of an application.
MST File ViewerDisplays changes you make to a Windows Installer package (MSI file) in a readable text format in Notepad.

The Office Resource Kit also includes several tools that are not installed by default from the Setup program. These tools are available from the Office Resource Kit or Office Enterprise CD, or online from the Office Resource Kit Web site. For more information on installing the supplemental tools, see the Toolbox.

Tool nameDescription
HTML HelpUse the HTML Help Workshop to create Help topics that provide information and assistance specific to your organization.
OEM toolsSupport utilities designed for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that enable you to reset the source, user data, and other information after Office has been installed on a computer.
Office Converter PackA collection of add-ins, converters, and filters designed to help you migrate files generated by third-party products and early versions of Microsoft Office to Office XP.
Outlook Security features administrative templateEnables administrators to modify the default security settings of the Outlook® Security features.
PowerPoint ViewerEnables you to share PowerPoint® 97, PowerPoint 2000, and PowerPoint 2002 presentations with users who do not have PowerPoint installed on their systems.

Note   The new Windows® Corporate Error Reporting tool is now available as a replacement for the version of Corporate Error Reporting that originally shipped with Office XP. While the two versions are much the same, the new Windows version provides a common tool that can be used for both Windows and Office error reporting. For more information, see the Windows Online Crash Analysis Web site.

Supplemental documentation

The Office XP Resource Kit includes a number of supplemental documents that provide detailed information on such areas as registry settings, international settings, and the Office XP file list. The supplemental documents are installed by default when you run the Office Resource Kit Setup program, and they are also available online from the Office Resource Kit Web site. The following table summarizes the supplemental documents. For more information, see the Toolbox.

Document file nameDescription
Cfgquiet.iniContains default settings for the Microsoft Office Server Extension log file.
Filelist.xlsLists all files provided with Office XP.
Formats.docLists supported data formats and installed OLE DB providers.
IE5feats.xlsNotes the Office XP features that degrade with previous versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Opc.docExplains the syntax in files used by the Removal Wizard so that administrators can customize the removal of applications.
Regkey.xlsLists default registry key values.
Setupref.docLists Office Setup command-line options, properties, and settings file formats.
Stopword.docContains the list of words not indexed by the Find Fast utility.
Webent.xlsLists all entry points to the Web from within Office and describes how to disable them.
Intlimit.xlsLists the limitations of plug-in language compatibility by component.
Multilpk.xlsLists components of the Office XP Multilingual User Interface Pack and Office XP Proofing Tools by language.
Wwfeatre.xlsLists the effect of various language settings on each Office application.
Wwsuppt.xlsLists support, by language of operating system, of different language features of Office applications.

  Last update: Wednesday, April 4, 2001
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  Last update: Wednesday, April 4, 2001
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