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Q: How do I activate Office in Windows?

  • I have upgraded my version of Windows, and now my MIT licensed version of Office won't work... what do I need to do?

Answer

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.

Note: you must be on the MIT Network either on campus or connected to the VPN when running the appropriate command. Copy and paste the appropriate activation script below, starting with cscript and including quotes.

Office Professional Plus 2013:

Version Operating system Activation script
32-bit 32-bit Windows cscript "%Programfiles%\Microsoft Office\Office15\ospp.vbs" /act
32-bit 64-bit Windows cscript "%Programfiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office15\ospp.vbs" /act
64-bit 64-bit Windows cscript "%Programfiles%\Microsoft Office\Office15\ospp.vbs" /act

Office Professional Plus 2016:

Version Operating system Verification script
32-bit 32-bit Windows cscript "%Programfiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /act
32-bit 64-bit Windows cscript "%Programfiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /act
64-bit 64-bit Windows cscript "%Programfiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /act

How to verify your activation

Run the appropriate verification script below from an elevated command prompt to verify the perpetual activation of the installed software.

Office 2016

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

Office 2013

Version Operating system Verification script
32-bit 32-bit Windows cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus
32-bit 64-bit Windows cscript "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus
64-bit 64-bit Windows cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus

Support

  • If you have questions or concerns, please contact the IS&T Help Desk.

See also

Did my Office 2013 or 2016 license successfully activate?

IS&T Contributions

Documentation and information provided by IS&T staff members


Last Modified:

August 09, 2016

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