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Install Office 2021 using the Office Deployment Tool (Quickstart Video Guide)

How to install Office 2021 volume license edition using the Office Deployment Tool. Download the Office Deployment Tool, create an XML configuration file and install Office using the Office Deployment Tool. 

Quickstart Video Guide


To install Office 2021, you'll need to use the Office Deployment Tool (ODT) and an XML configuration file

  1. Download the Office Deployment Tool
  2. Office XML Configuration file
  3. Install Office using the Office Deployment Tool
  4. Office Customization Tool

1. Download the Office Deployment Tool

Download the Office Deployment Tool and extract to C:\Install\Office

Download Office Deployment Tool

The Office Deployment Tool folder contains setup.exe for downloading and installing Office, and some example configuration files

2. Office XML Configuration file

The configuration.xml file contains all the options you want to use when installing Office

This example silently installs Office 2021 Standard volume license edition and excludes OneDrive and Teams

Replace the PIDKEY with your MAK key or use the Office 2021 KMS Key

Office LTSC Standard 2021 PIDKEY="KDX7X-BNVR8-TXXGX-4Q7Y8-78VT3"

Save the XML file to C:\Install\Office\configuration.xml

  <Add OfficeClientEdition="64" Channel="PerpetualVL2021" SourcePath="C:\Install" AllowCdnFallback="FALSE">
    <Product ID="Standard2021Volume" PIDKEY="XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX">
      <Language ID="MatchOS" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="OneDrive" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" />
  <Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="0" />
  <Property Name="FORCEAPPSHUTDOWN" Value="FALSE" />
  <Property Name="DeviceBasedLicensing" Value="0" />
  <Property Name="SCLCacheOverride" Value="0" />
  <Property Name="AUTOACTIVATE" Value="1" />
  <Updates Enabled="TRUE" />
  <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />

3. Install Office using the Office Deployment Tool

Open an elevated command prompt and running the following commands to install Office 2021 using the XML configuration file

Run Setup.exe with the /download option to download the Office installation files
Then, run setup.exe again with the /configure option to install Office

cd C:\Install\Office
setup /download configuration.xml 
setup /configure configuration.xml 

The Office install files are saved to C:\Install\Office\Data

You can copy the install folder to USB and use it to install Office on multiple computers without having to re-download the installation files

4. Office Customization Tool

You can create a custom Office configuration with the options and settings you want for installing Microsoft Office using the Office Customization Tool


Overview of the Office Deployment Tool

Office Customization Tool

GVLKs for KMS and Active Directory-based activation of Office, Project, and Visio

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