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Office 2010 config.xml syntax issue

September 30, 2011 - Deployment, Office 2010

I needed to change the config.xml for an Office (OneNote) 2010 deployment. After changing the config file I tested the silent installation but the installer couldn’t handle my newly created config.xml file.

Office OneNote 2010 setup error xml is not valid

All my xml tags where closed like it should, I couldn’t find any syntax error. But then I remembered something learned at school (it’s been 10 years!); opening an XML file in Internet Explorer to verify the syntax!

Office 2010 config xml in IE

I used the Dutch word “geïnstalleerd”. After removing the special character (changed to “geinstalleerd)”, the Office 2010 installation was successful.