Microsoft has blocked users from installing subscription based click to run software and license base windows installer (msi) products on the same device. I haven’t been able to find a proper explanation as to why this is the case other than some vague note that they won’t work well together.

Office installed using Click-to-Run and Window Installer on same computer isn’t supported
One of the main benefits of the click to run product as touted by Microsoft was that the virtualization technology used in C2R allowed the users to run them in an isolated environment, so we could have multiple versions of office products running side by side!!

Nevertheless we had to install these products on the same computer, as we wanted to use the licenses that we already owned. And I have installed and used them together without running in to any issues so far (obviously that doesn’t mean it’s 100% issue free).

Things to note:
At the moment If you have either a C2R product or a MSI product currently installed you won’t be able to install the corresponding other.
The example below is how to install a MSI product (e.g. Visio) when there is office 365 C2R product already installed.
Once this work around is in place if you plan to uninstall a product, you would get the same error message. So you need to have a custom uninstall script.

The main issue is the prompt below that you get, which stops the installation from progressing.

I ran “Process Monitor” to audit what the setup application is doing during the installation. And as you can see it enumerates the installed programs list, and searches for the specific application types. What we can do is to Delete(temporarily) the office 365 C2R install REG files and then go ahead with the installation. And after the installation import back the registry settings.

The example batch commands below are to export/delete/import the REG settings for Office 365 2016 C2R

Export the registry to the current directory where the script is located
regedit /e %~dp0\O365Export.reg “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\O365ProPlusRetail – en-us”
Delete the registry keys for Office 365 C2R
reg delete “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\O365ProPlusRetail – en-us” /f
Now you can install the MSI product without any issues
After the installation is done you can import back the settings.
REGEDIT /S %~dp0\O365Export.reg

And obviously you can package up the application in conjunction with the commands above so these applications can be deployed without any user interventions.

Below is a list of core application that would usually be included in a SOE. You could find all this information on the net but thought it would be convenient to have them all in one location so you/I can use it when creating or updating a SOE image.

These have been tested on a Windows 7 SP1 image. But should work on any newer OS

All applications listed below are free or GPL apps that can be deployed in your organization without purchasing any licenses, except for the obvious 🙂

Package Acrobat Reader DC:
Download URL:
customization wizard
How To Package:
extract the MSI
AcroRdrDC1500920069_en_US.exe -nos_o”C:\Temp\MSI” -nos_ne
Use 7zip to extract to folder
configure the Setup.ini as required (use the custWizard to create MST files if required)
e.g. “Setup.ini”
[MSI Updater]
Install Command: setup.exe /sAll /rs /l

Download URL:
How To Package: Install the MSI with MST file below
Install Command: MSIEXEC.EXE /I 7z920.msi TRANSFORMS=7-Zip_Customizations.mst /norestart /qb!

CD burnerXP Program:
Download URL:
How To Package: Download and install the provided MSI
Install Command: MSIEXEC /i cdbxp_setup_x64_4.5.4.5306.msi /qb ALLUSERS=”1″

Flash player:
Download URL:
How To Package: Download and install the provided MSI
Install Command: msiexec /i install_flash_player_19_active_x.msi /quiet /norestart

Package Google Earth Pro:
Download URL:
How To Package:
Download the latest Pro version exe
Install the application on a test machine
Look in the C:\Windows\Installer folder for a MSI file with a matching time stamp
Check the properties of the MSI to confirm it’s for google earth
Use the attached MST for registration (using generic UN and GEPFREE serial)
Or create your own. Ref:
Install Command: MSIEXEC /I googleearth-win-pro- ALLUSERS=1 /QB TRANSFORMS=GEP.mst

Package Office 2016 MSI:
Download URL: from media or through EA site
How To Package:
Extract the ISO to a folder structure
Download any updates that have been released and add the MSP files to the “Updates” folder
For Oct 2015
For Nov 2015
Run setup.exe /admin and create a Customization MSP file
Install Command: If you have setup the MSP file then just run the setup.exe

Package Office 365 C2R:
Download URL: Deployment tool
How To Package:
Configure download.xml file
Setup.exe /download Download.xml
Configure install.xml file to install
Install Command: setup.exe /configure Install.xml

Package Paint.Net:
Download URL:
How To Package: Create an MSI from the downloaded exe file /createMSI DESKTOPSHORTCUT=0 CHECKFORUPDATES=0 CHECKFORBETAS=0
Install Command: msiexec /i PaintDotNet_x64.msi /qb

Package PDF split and Merge:
Download URL:
How To Package: Download the MSI version
Install Command: msiexec /i pdfsam-v2_2_4.msi /qb

Package SCCM endpoint protection:
Download URL: [64bit] direct link: Update [64bit] 05/2015:
How To Package: Slipstream the update
Configure a custom policy XML if required or push the policy through SCCM
Install Command: setup.exe /s /q

Package Silverlight:
Download URL:
Install Command: Silverlight.exe /q

Package Skype:
Download URL:
How To Package: Download the MSI file above
Install Command: msiexec /i SkypeSetup.msi INSTALLLEVEL=1 STARTSKYPE=FALSE ALLUSERS=1 TRANSFORMS=:RemoveStartup.mst TRANSFORMS=:RemoveDesktopShortcut.mst /qr