Using Office Deployment Tool to install Office 365/2016/2013 (Multilanguage)

As you know, the default language of Microsoft Office is English (USA). Perhaps changing language is unnecessary if you live in an English-speaking country. But it would be very necessary if you were born in another country and English was not your native language.

Recently I have got many requests for issues related to installing language pack. So I gave it a try but without success. Honestly, I dont know much about this matter. I have always used the english version so I never thought about that.

At present, there is no way to install additional language in english version of Office Volume. In spite of that, I kept trying to find another way. After testing some ideas, I figured out a solution which helps you reinstall Office (there is a option which allows change language).

Supported products:

  • Office 365
  • Office 2016
  • Office 2013

First, if you have Office (english version) already installed, please completely uninstall it from your drive.

Step 1: Download Office Deployment Tool from Microsoft homepage.

Deployment Tool for Office 2016/365 | Deployment Tool for Office 2013

Step 2: Extract the contents of this file. You will be left with some files (configuration files, EULA and setup.exe).

Extract office deployment tool you downloaded from Microsoft homepage
Extract office deployment tool you downloaded from Microsoft homepage
There are three files in this folder
There are three files in this folder

If you dont see “Extract to officedeploymenttool…” in the right-click context menu, just run this file, accept Microsoft Software License Terms, then click Continue button to extract files.

Step 3: Copy the following code and paste it into a new text document.

  <Add OfficeClientEdition="32">
    <Product ID="ProPlusRetail">
      <Language ID="ja-jp" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Access" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="InfoPath" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Lync" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Outlook" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Project" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="SharePointDesigner" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Visio" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Skype" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Skypeforbusiness" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />
  <Display Level="Full" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />
Create a new text document
Create a new text document

Before starting, let me explain.

OfficeClientEdition=”32″Downloads and installs the 32-bit edition of Office. If you have 64bit Windows, just replace “32” with “64”.
ID=”ProPlusRetail”Downloads and installs Office 2016 or 2013 ProPlus Retail. If you want to install Office 365, just replace it with “O365ProPlusRetail”. For Project/Visio, just use “ProjectProRetail” or “VisioProRetail”. See list of product IDs here.
ID=”ja-jp”Downloads and installs Japanese version of Office. If you want to change the display language, just replace “ja-jp” with your native language. See list of language IDs here.
<ExcludeApp ID=”Access” />Defines which products would not be installed. If you want to install Microsoft Access, please remove this line. Do the same to the others.

Note: You need to edit the code based on what I explain above. Then save it as a config file using “.xml” extension.

Save config file
Save config file
Set name of config file
Set name of config file
create config xml office online installer 4 - Using Office Deployment Tool to install Office 365/2016/2013 (Multilanguage)

Step 4: Copy the code below into the new text document file.

@echo off
cd /d %~dp0
setup.exe /configure config.xml

Then save it as a batch file with .cmd extension (eg install.cmd).

Save batch script
Save batch script
Set name of batch script
Set name of batch script

And make sure this .cmd file, setup.exe file & config.xml file are in the same folder.

Step 5: Right-click on the install.cmd file and run it as administrator.

Execute batch script in admin mode
Execute batch script in admin mode

Note: If you see error, just run this file normally instead of doing it with admin right.

Right now, the installation process starts.

Office installation progress
Office installation progress

Step 6: After successfully installing Office, you can activate it for FREE using KMS method.

Office is installed successfully
Office is installed successfully

If you would have any questions or concerns, please leave your comments. I would be glad to explain in more details. Thank you so much for all your feedback and support!

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  1. Hi there, I downgraded from windows 10 to windows 8 and now I lost my product key. I am trying to find a way on hot to get Microsoft office 2016 for free. I followed all the instructions right but the installation won’t start when I open install.cmd

  2. hi there, i’m having an issue, when i run the install file there’s a error mesage that say’s “the configuration file wasn’t specified” but i have everything in the folder, what can i do to fix this? :C

  3. I successfully installed MS Office 365 (in fact it appears as MS Office 2016 Professional), using Manual activation method. Great thanks!

  4. *For those who can’t active the Office* – I use Windows 10 Home and the method worked for me. Following this page I choosed to install Office 365 with the option ID=”O365ProPlusRetail” and choosed the laguage Portuguese-Brazil by setting ID=”pt-br”. Then, to active the Office I used the method 2 in “Activating your Office 365 using KMS client key – 2. Using batch script ” on this page .

      1. Sorry, it seems like I can’t put a link in the comments. Anyway, just search in Google “Legal way to use Office 365 totally FREE without paying a dime – msguides”, the page I was reffering to is the first one that shows in the results. Hope it helps.

  5. I am getting a prompt to change the activation code, after opening the MSoffice, even after doing the steps correctly. can anyone help please?

  6. The link to the KMS activation method leads to a video that has been deleted. I am unable to activate my Office package. Kindly replace the link.

  7. The computer says that it’s already installed and you can now turn off your computer. But there’s no pop-up or notif that downloading the ms 365 apps. How to fix it? I click the install file and run as administrator. Thank you

  8. em tải rồi nhưng không biết cách để kích hoạt nó. đường link hướng dẫn kích hoạt bằng KMS không xem được