How to Find Click to Run Configuration in the System Registry

Behind the Scenes with Click to Run

When you install the click to run version of Office (now Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise) on a PC, the installation updates several settings in the system registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\Configuration. Among the settings are:

  • O365ProPlusRetail.EmailAddress: The User Principal Name of the account used to install the software.
  • TenantId: The GUID for the tenant.
  • VersionToReport: The version of the software installed on the PC. For example, 16.0.10827.20138.

Using PowerShell to Read the System Registry

Some administrators use PowerShell to read these values from the system registry and send the data to a central location for reporting purposes. For example, to see the complete set of values for the click-to-run configuration, use the command:

Get-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\Configuration

VersionToReport                   : 16.0.10827.20138
ClientFolder                      : C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ClickToRun
ClientVersionToReport             : 16.0.10827.20138
WatcherInterval                   : 3600000
PipelineServerName                : ClickToRun_Pipeline16
PackageLockerPath                 : C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Office
ScenarioCulture                   :
InstallID                         : C5FCDC94-269E-4D32-8A2B-19665F51837A
Platform                          : x86
InstallationPath                  : C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office
ClientCulture                     : en-us
CDNBaseUrl                        :
AudienceId                        : 64256afe-f5d9-4f86-8936-8840a6a4f5be
AudienceData                      : Insiders::CC
O365ProPlusRetail.MediaType       : CDN
UpdatesEnabled                    : True
O365ProPlusRetail.ExcludedApps    : groove
StreamingFinished                 : True
ProductReleaseIds                 : O365ProPlusRetail
RSODReset                         : False
O365ProPlusRetail.OSPPReady       : 1
UpdateChannel                     :
UpdateChannelChanged              : False
O365ProPlusRetail.TenantId        : 4,b662313f-14fc-43a2-9a7a-d2e27f4f3478
O365ProPlusRetail.EmailAddress    :
BackgroundTransportMethodDefault  : cachedhttp
BackgroundTransportMethodFailures : 0
OneDriveClientAddon               : INSTALLED
PSPath                            : Microsoft.PowerShell.Core\Registry::HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTW
PSParentPath                      : Microsoft.PowerShell.Core\Registry::HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTW
PSChildName                       : Configuration
PSDrive                           : HKLM
PSProvider                        : Microsoft.PowerShell.Core\Registry

To retrieve the value of an individual key, use:

(Get-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\Configuration -Name "VersionToReport").VersionToReport


Or (as noted by Pat Richard):

Get-ItemPropertyValue -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\Configuration"
-Name "VersionToReport"

What you do with the value is entirely up to you!

This information comes from Chapter 10 of the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook. It’s the kind of tip that we find interesting. We hope that you do too.

4 Replies to “How to Find Click to Run Configuration in the System Registry”

  1. How do I find these values if I’m running powershell from a windows service as localsystem? I can access them fine from powershell running myself, but when the script runs in windows service as localsystem it acts like the values aren’t there.

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