I have upgraded my version of Windows, and now my MIT licensed version of Office won't activate. What do I need to do?
Office software distributed by MIT is pre-installed with a product key that configures it for activation via Key Management Server (KMS); it periodically will contact an MIT server to remain active.
Run the following script from an elevated command prompt to manually trigger an activation with the KMS.
How to verify your activation
Run the appropriate verification script below from an elevated command prompt to verify the activation of the installed software.
|Version||Operating system||Verification script|
|32-bit||32-bit Windows||cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus|
|32-bit||64-bit Windows||cscript "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus|
|64-bit||64-bit Windows||cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus|
*Activation can fail if the computer has multiple copies of Office installed. The computer may have shipped with a Vendor offered "trial version". It is suggested to uninstall all versions of Office using the Microsoft Office Uninstall Tool. The tool may have to be run multiple times with successive reboots.
When the uninstall tool reports there are no versions of of Office found on the computer, please try a new install of Office.
Verified everything and Activation error window still wont go away?
Prior to using the following registry edit suggestions it is strongly advised to have a full backup of your USER data.
- Run the "How to verify your activation" script for specific installed version.
- Verify these lines appear in the report
- LICENSE STATUS: — LICENSED —
- KMS machine name from DNS: KMS.MIT.EDU:1688
- KMS host caching: Enabled
- If note, then verify your connection as mentioned in the " Note" above.
To resolve this problem, export the following registry keys and delete from computer.
Backup your registry before attempting the following.
- Close activation screen.
- On the Start menu, click Run.
- Type regedit, and then press Enter.
- Select the following key in the registry.
- Right click the OEM value and click File>Export.
- Save the key
- Once the key is backed-up, click on Edit>Delete
- Repeat steps 4-7 with following key
Exit Registry Editor
- If you have questions or concerns, please contact the IS&T Service Desk.
- submit a request online http://ist.mit.edu/help