Microsoft 2019 Office install- Click to Run

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Microsoft is doing away with .msi files for the 2019 Office suite. All the new 2019 Office products (Including Visio, Project, etc.) will need to be installed with the "Click to run" method.

If you are not familiar with "Click to run" it's been around for quite some time now and was mostly used to deploy the Office suite over your LAN.

Typically you create a network share, create + configure an .xml (Answer file) that corresponds to the product and version you are installing. You then execute the Office deployment tool setup.exe with the appropriate switches to download the software to the share and install it on the workstation.

I just had to install Project Standard 2019 on a machine. When I downloaded the "Media" from the VLSC, I got an .xml file along with the Office deployment tool setup.exe.

Here is the config from the .xml file-

 <Configuration>  

  <Add  
    OfficeClientEdition="64"  
    Channel="PerpetualVL2019">  
    <Product ID="ProjectSTD2019Volume">  
      <Language ID="en-us" />  
    </Product>  
  </Add>  

  <!--  <RemoveMSI All="True" /> -->  

  <!--  <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />  -->  

  <!--  <Property Name="AUTOACTIVATE" Value="1" />  -->  

</Configuration>

A couple things to note- You need to make sure you get the "Product ID" correct. If you have a key for standard, that line has to be 100% accurate. For example, initially the file had "ProjectPro2019Volume" listed.

To download and install, I created a new folder called "Project" and copied the Office deployment tool and configuration.xml to the folder. From there I opened command prompt (Elevated) and executed the following command- setup.exe /download configuration.xml this command downloads the appropriate software based on the "Product ID" line. Once the download is complete you need to run setup.exe /configure configuration.xml After entering this command, if everything checks out, the software will be installed on the system.

More fun! In order to install Project 2019 I had to uninstall the regular Office suite. Luckily enough this is straight forward and I installed Project and then installed Office from portal.office.com. The setup file for Office 365 did require UAC to be enabled.

Hope this helps someone out installing Office 2019 or another 2019 product!

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