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Simplify Preinstallation with the Express Deployment Tool

Express Deployment Tool Overview

The Express Deployment Tool (EDT) helps to quickly, easily, and correctly preinstall PCs with genuine Microsoft Office. The EDT offers these benefits:

Get the Office 2010 Transition OPK

Office 2010 Transition OPK Information

The Office 2010 Transition OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) is a set of tools, documentation, and product files that allow you to preload the Office 2010 Transition Image on new computers for distribution to end users. Preloading the Office 2010 Transition Image adds immediate value for your customers.

Why preinstall the Office 2010 Transition OPK?

  • Microsoft strongly recommends installing the Office 2010 Transition OPK on all Microsoft Windows 7 PC builds.
  • The Office 2010 Transition OPK will be required on all Microsoft Windows 8 PC builds.
  • OPK versions prior to the Office 2010 Transition OPK installed on Windows 8 PCs may result in users receiving an error message when they try to access Office Starter 2010. The Office 2010 Transition OPK does not contain Office Starter 2010.
  • Office Starter 2010 users who upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 will not encounter compatibility issues if they install the patch from Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2553141. Customers will receive instructions for this patch through Windows Update.

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Microsoft Security Essentials

Make sure you include Microsoft Security Essentials completely free with your PC when you include Office. Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your customers' PCs that guards against viruses, spyware and other malicious software.

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32-Bit Office 2010 Versus 64-Bit Office 2010

Use 32-bit Office 2010 as the default.

Microsoft strongly recommends that unless your customer requests a 64-bit installation, system builders use the 32-bit version. This recommendation is given primarily for two reasons:

  1. Improved end user experience with the environment most commonly used
  2. The rich ecosystem of add-on applications developed only for previous 32-bit-only Office versions

For additional information and technical details to consider, please refer to this TechNet site.

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