Are you a frequent user of MS Office? well MS office is a package of applications like Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. It is used by a lot of professionals and students to do various types of work. And it is not free to use, yes it is a paid service that requires you to buy a product key. But there are ways to use it without spending a penny on it. So today we will learn how to activate Microsoft Office 2010 without product key. This free method is applicable for all the versions of Microsoft Office 2010 either Microsoft Office Professional Plus or Microsoft Office Standard.
This is where Office 2010 rearm comes in. This features allows you reset the grace timer to 30 days grace. If you rearm Office right before you create the OS master image, you can be sure that you have the full 25 days before users will bothered with Office activation notifications or before the retail edition goes into Reduced Functionality Mode after 30 days.
Office 2010 rearm could also be useful if you installed Office 2010 Trial. The Office 2010 Professional Plus Trial comes with a special activation code that will allow you to test Office 2010 for 60 days. There are reports on the web indicating that you can also rearm the trial version of Office 2010. Office 2010 Trial indeed comes with ospprearm.exe. However I doubt that rearming will work after you used the trial activation code because rearming makes only sense with an Office installation that hasn't been activated.
Overview of KMS activationIf your organization has 50 or more computers that need to activate Office 2010, we recommend that you use Key Management Service (KMS). KMS activates the computers, or KMS clients, from a KMS host server that contains a KMS host key that is supplied by Microsoft.
The product key of the microsoft office 2010 is not working. I used the Product key indicated on the bottom of the laptop but then, the message "the product key is invalid." What should I do? Thank you.
The product key on the bottom of the PC is for Windows, not Office. If you purchased a full (OEM) Version of Office, Dell should have supplied you with the Product Key (Or it would have been preactivated). If this is the case, contact Dell for the Product Key (Office 2010 can be downloaded from Microsoft and your product key used to activate it, thus no disc is needed). If this is just the Trial Version that comes with most new PC's, you will have to purchase Office 2010 from Microsoft and they will furnish the product key.
You probably received the free MS Office Starter version with limited versions of Word and Excel that come with ads for the full version. Starter does not require activation. However if you select MS Office 2010 in the list of programs you will be asked to upgrade. You must select MS Word Starter 2010 or MS Excel Starter to open the free programs. Paid versions of Office do not come with any disks anymore. They are already activated. Read more about starter version that comes on all new computers HERE.
Microsoft Office is an application that is generally easy to install into a layer, and, if it will be used by itself, there are no complexities other than activation. If your organization's requirements are more complicated, then there will be more things to keep in mind. If you use Office Add-ons, these should be included in the office layer, but can sometimes be installed in different layers with Office checked as a prerequisite layer during layer creation. When using add-ons in separate layers, it is recommended to include all previously included add-ons also as prerequisites to ensure that they will work together properly if they will ever be deployed together. Note that some Office add-ons, like for Excel, are installed directly in the user profile, so can't be layered. User profile installations must be done in the end-user VM while logged in as the user.KMS should be considered a requirement for VDI deployments of Office 2010 and higher. Volume licensing should also be considered a requirement for Office 2007 and earlier. It is possible to use a different licensing structure than volume licensing; however, it will be more difficult to manage as each license must be activated separately on each desktop.The easiest way to manage the actual configuration of Office itself is through the extensive list of GPO's provided by Microsoft Office. Every setting for Office can be changed through the Microsoft GPO's.
When the first Office application is run for the first time on a desktop it creates a CMID for the application on that desktop that uniquely identifies the application instance for licensing. Therefore, when packaging Office for an image installation as we do with App Layering, the best option is to rearm the office deployment before finalizing. This will reset any licensing information to allow an image deployment. The command used to rearm Office 2010 is:
Note: For Office 32 bit on 64 Bit Windows look in the Program Files (x86) folders.If you are using MAK keys and not KMS, then activation must be run on each desktop after the layer has been deployed. You can activate on the desktop using the ospp.vbs script or using the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT 2.0/3.0).Note Microsoft has changed activation with Office 2013 allowing not only KMS and MAK activation for Windows 7 but also AD Activation. When using the AD Activation keep in mind that it will tie the account to the machine it is activated on. When a Non-Persistent desktop is refreshed Office will no longer have that binding, but Microsoft may still have the machine information recorded.Later in this document we discuss automating licensing using ospp.vbs scripting. We encourage you to read and understand the power of this approach if you have a complicated set of office requirements.
All of the Office products share a licensing file and the method of activation. For KMS licensing, Activation can be automated or activation can be performed on first use. For MAK based licensing an automated activation approach works best.This recipe provides an automated approach to the installation of both KMS and MAK keys when deploying desktops. This solution can be used if you are only deploying office itself or if you are also integrating Visio and/or Project and even if you are integrating different versions of Visio and Project.The solution has several separate components including:
See the summary section for the exact steps to use for Office 365. Of note; Office 365 does not need to be rearmed. Most other of the standard steps apply.When you run the optimize.hta to create the flag files used to tell the officeactivation scripts what to do you will see the following:Check the box to process Office 365 and click Save Settings A-KThis creates 2 flag files, one in the kmsdir folder and one in scripts. The kmsdir file tells our startup script to run officeactivate.cmd. The one in the scripts folder tells it to do the o365 stuff which is really just replacing the store.
After completing the installation and defining the proper key you should rearm the installation. In Office 2010 this was not always necessary but we have noticed it is necessary in Office 2013 or later whether you run an Office application or not.To rearm find the appropriate folder and run the rearm command from an Administrative cmd prompt."C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform\ospprearm.exe" or "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\ospprearm.exe" Or if using 32 bit office on 64 bit windows look in the Program Files (x86) directories.
The way the optimizer works is that when you create the Office layer you run the Optimizer utility, select Activate MS Office via KMS and check all the Office Apps that are included in your layer. When you save using Save Settings A-J, this will create two or more flag files. One will be OfficeActivate.txt which tells the kmssetup.cmd to run OfficeActivate.cmd. This will be placed in the kmsdir folder. There will also be a flag file for each office application selected. This tells the OfficeActivate.cmd script to include that office application when inserting the KMS key and activating office. These files will be created in the C:\Windows\Setup\Scripts folder. Note: the utility now supports MAK keys (though their use is not recommended unless you have an unlimited number of activations). To use MAK activation check the Activate office via MAK and enter the keys. The keys will be stored in the flag file for Office, Project and/or Visio and used by the activation script when activating office.
I tried "phone", and got called on my cell phone not once, not twice, but three times by Duo. With each successive incoming call my phone stopped displaying the keypad. Of course, I needed the keypad to tell the system that I did, in fact, want to hear the activation code. Once the last incoming call had been dealt with I then heard "Thank you for using duo ..."
Great and wonderful document. I followed the steps to install office 2010 32-bit on win7 64-bit working successfully and installing successfully from the software center, but when in uninstall it from software center the status showing removal failed??!! . by the way I have done the 7 zip steps working great installing and uninstalling from software center.
Great document. Followed the steps to install Office 2013 64 bit on Win 8.1(production environment). But when I open any office application it does ask for a product key(only the first time or until I type it in). And the next time it asks me to proceed with activation. I would like to have the activation automated. Am I missing something? Thanks in advance! 2b1af7f3a8