Slipstream Office 2013 setup with SP1

When you slipstream Service Pack 1 with your Office 2013 installation media, Office 2013 will be directly installed at Service Pack 1 level, saving you the trouble of applying it afterwards. All you need is Office 2013 Service Pack 1 and the installation file or DVD of Office 2013.

Optionally, you can also modify the installation to already accept the EULA, fill out your Product Key and customize some additional settings.

Folder structure

This guide assumes the following folder structure but you can of course differ from that;

  • C:\Office2013\
  • C:\Office2013\DVD\
  • C:\Office2013\SP1\
  • C:\Office2013\SP1\extract\

Slipstreaming process

  1. Download the administrative version of Office 2013 SP1 for your language and save it to;

  2. Extract the downloaded Service Pack 1 file and extract it to the C:\Office2013\SP1\extract folder via the following Run command (the command below assumes the English 32-bit version of SP1);
    "C:\Office2013\SP1\proplussp2013-kb2817430-fullfile-x86-en-us.exe" /extract:"C:\Office2013\SP1\extract"

    • Note: The command above is a single line.
    • You can open the Run command via Start-> Run or by pressing Windows Logo Key+R on your keyboard.

  3. When you get a User Account Control (UAC) prompt, press continue or provide administrator credentials.

  4. Accept the EULA of the Service Pack.

  5. Insert your Office 2013 DVD and copy its contents to;

    • If you only have a single installation file (*.exe) open the Run command and type;
      "<path to your installation file>" /extract:"C:\Office2013\DVD"

    • If your DVD contains both the 32-bit (x86) and the 64-bit (x64) version of Office 2013, then you could either only copy over the contents of the folder matching the version that you want to use, or copy over everything and repeat the slipstreaming process for the other version as well (just in case you decide to use the other version later on).

  6. Copy all the files from the C:\Office2013\SP1\extract\ to the Updates folder in;

  7. When the copy is finished, you can write the contents of the C:\Office2013\DVD\ folder to a DVD and you’ll have an Office 2013 SP1 slipstreamed DVD!

You can follow these instructions as well to include updates and other hotfixes.

Accept EULA, set Product Key and additional options

Aside from including the Service Pack, you might want to make some changes to the installation process. For instance, to never prompt you for the EULA anymore or to already have the Product Key filled out for you.

Office Customization Tool (OCT)
If you have the Enterprise version of Office 2013, then you can set these additional installation options and settings by using the Office Customization Tool (OCT). To start this tool start setup.exe from the Office 2013 DVD (or extracted installation files) with the /admin switch. The OCT not only allows you to customize the installation experience but also allows you configure Office settings itself. This will allow you for instance to deploy Office with a preconfigured Outlook mail profile.

If you don’t have an Enterprise version, or as an alternative, you could customize the config.xml file that Office uses for its installation. You can find this file in the productname.WW folder. For instance, the WW folder for the Retail version of the Professional Plus editions of Office 2013 is called; ProPlusr.WW

You can set the variables between the <Configuration Product="productname"> and the </Configuration> tags.

For documentation about modifying the config.xml file of the Office installation can be found here; Config.xml file in Office 2013


The example below will modify the installation for the Retail version of the Professional Plus edition of Office 2013 to;

  • Accept the EULA.
  • Fill out the installation key.
  • Sets the name of the person responsible for the license.
  • Sets the name of the company responsible for the license.
<Configuration Product="ProPlusr">

	<Display Level="full"
		 AcceptEula="yes" />

	<PIDKEY Value="1234512345123451234512345" />

	<USERNAME Value="Robert Sparnaaij" />

	<COMPANYNAME Value="" />


Note that the Product Key does not require the dashes (-) to separate the 5 key sections.