Microsoft Office Activation

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This article is about how to manually force Microsoft Office to activate and obtain a license from the university KMS server.

When do I need to do this?

Most users will not need to do this in order to use Microsoft Office. The only time this will need to be done is if Office is installed on a host that goes an extended length of time (180 days or more) without connecting to the campus network (either physically or through a VPN) and needs to be activated in a hurry.

How to Activate Office

In order to activate Office you need to connect to the UMD campus network. You can do this either by physically connecting your machine to the network while on campus, or by using the UMD VPN or UMIACS VPN.

Once you are on the campus network follow these instructions:

Simple Activation Method

Open any Office product (Word, PowerPoint, etc.). This should automatically activate Office. If it fails to activate, follow the instructions below:

Command Line Activation Method

Please note that your time must be correct for this to work, make sure you are in the East Coast timezone and your time is set via the internet, try running "w32tm /resync" on the command line.

  1. Open the Command Prompt as Administrator by opening the start menu and navigating to "All Programs->Accessories", right clicking on Command Prompt and clicking "Run as administrator".
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  2. Run the following command to determine the bitness of your operating system. This will help you determine which commands you need to run as you continue:
    wmic os get osarchitecture
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  3. The path entered for the rest of the commands will differ slightly depending on the bitness of your operating system and your version and bitness of Office. See here for how to check Office version and bitness. The remaining instructions assume Office 2010 32-bit on Windows 64-bit.
    • Office 2010
      • 64-bit Office, 64-bit Windows: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\OSPP.VBS"
      • 32-bit Office, 64-bit Windows: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\OSPP.VBS"
      • 32-bit Office, 32-bit Windows: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\OSPP.VBS"
    • Office 2013
      • 64-bit Office, 64-bit Windows: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS"
      • 32-bit Office, 64-bit Windows: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS"
      • 32-bit Office, 32-bit Windows: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS"
    • Office 2016
      • 64-bit Office, 64-bit Windows: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS"
      • 32-bit Office, 64-bit Windows: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS"
      • 32-bit Office, 32-bit Windows: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS"
  4. Set the correct KMS server: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\OSPP.VBS" /sethst:kms.umd.edu
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  5. Force an activation against the KMS server: cscript "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\OSPP.VBS" /act
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  6. Check the licensing status. cscript "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus
    • This example shows 3 licenses because Visio and Project Pro are installed along side of the standard Office installation.
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