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Chapter 3. Preparing to Deploy Office 20... > Taking Advantage of a Local Installa...

Taking Advantage of a Local Installation Source

When users install Microsoft Office 2003 from the CD or from a compressed CD image on the network, Setup uses a system service named Office Source Engine (Ose.exe) to copy required installation files to a hidden folder on the local computer. Windows Installer uses this local installation source to install Office, and the local source remains available for repairing, reinstalling, or updating Office later on. Users can install features on demand or run Setup in maintenance mode to add new features.

Setup creates a local installation source by default in Office 2003, but only when you install Office from the CD or a compressed CD image. If sufficient hard disk space exists on the local computer, Setup caches the entire installation source by default. Maintaining this local installation source after Office 2003 is installed offers a number of benefits to users in large organizations:


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