In this article Introduction This article contains some of the most frequently asked questions about the Microsoft Office Activation Wizard. This article only pertains to Retail versions of Office suite or program. Note Activation is now required for Office Volume License suites and programs. For further information on Volume License activation in Office, see Volume activation of Office To fully use a retail version of an Office suite or program or an Office system suite or program, you must activate it.
If you do not activate the product after you install it, the Office programs and the Office system programs can be started only in reduced-functionality mode. In reduced-functionality mode, Office programs and Office system programs function more like viewers.
In other words, you cannot save changes to documents or create new documents. Additional functionality may be reduced. No existing Office files or Office system files are damaged when a product runs in reduced-functionality mode. More Information Q1: What is product activation? Microsoft asks that you activate your product to make sure that your installation is performed with a genuine Microsoft product.
Product activation is an anti-piracy technology that is designed to make sure that the product is legitimately licensed. When you activate a product, no personal information is sent to Microsoft.
Who must activate their retail copy of an Office suite or program? Product activation is required for all licenses that are purchased through retail distribution.
If you purchased a new computer from a computer manufacturer, you may have to activate the Microsoft software that is installed on the computer. However, some computer manufacturers may activate the Microsoft software in the factory. How does product activation work? Product activation checks that the product key has not been used on more personal computers than are permitted by the Microsoft Software License Terms.
You can activate your product either over the Internet or by telephone. If you activate a product by telephone, you provide an installation ID code. In return, you receive a confirmation ID number. A Microsoft customer service representative activates the product by telephone.
This process takes several minutes. If you want to activate your product over the Internet, the process is performed automatically. The only information that you must provide is the name of your country and your region. Note If you are activating the Product Trial Program version, you can activate the product only over the Internet.
How do I activate my product? You can access the Office Activation Wizard in two ways: The Office Activation Wizard appears when you start an Office program that has not been activated.
You can access the Office system Activation Wizard in two ways: The Office system Activation Wizard appears when you start an Office program that has not been activated. What happens during product activation? During product activation, the Office Activation Wizard creates a hardware identification that represents the configuration of your computer at the time of activation.
This hardware identification is not unique. It does not include any personal information, any information about software or data that may reside on your computer, or any information about the specific make or model of your computer.
The hardware identification identifies only the computer. Additionally, the computer identification is used only for activation. During product activation, you may also provide your personal contact information if you want to register the product with Microsoft. The Office Activation Wizard can detect and tolerate changes to the configuration of your computer. Minor hardware upgrades do not require reactivation, but if you make major changes to the computer over time, you may have to reactivate the product.
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Is product activation the same as registration? Product activation differs from product registration. You can voluntarily register your product by providing your name and contact information during product activation. Register the product if you want to receive future communications about product updates, service releases, and special offers.
How do I know whether my product is activated? The Office Activation Wizard does not run if you already activated your product. If the product was already activated, you receive the following message when you run the Office Activation Wizard: The product has already been activated.
In Office , you can check the activation status by clicking Help on the File menu. On the right side of the dialog box, under the Microsoft Office logo,you see a message that says "Product activated" or "Product requires activation. Does the product stop working if I do not activate it?
When the full functionality of the program and the number of program starts are exhausted, the product runs in reduced-functionality mode. What is reduced-functionality mode? In reduced-functionality mode, programs function similarly to viewers. When a program runs in reduced-functionality mode, many commands are unavailable dimmed. Therefore, you cannot access those functionalities.
Some limitations of reduced-functionality mode include the following: You cannot create new documents. You can view existing documents, but you cannot edit them. You can print documents, but you cannot save them. No existing Office files are damaged. Additionally, you can easily stop Office from running in reduced-functionality mode. To do this, follow the instructions on the screens that appear. How do I update information that relates to product activation?
To make sure that the information that you provide to Microsoft in the Office Activation Wizard is correct, you can contact Microsoft any time to review and update the information. In some Office products, you can use the Office Activation Wizard to update your information over the Internet or by telephone. If these options are unavailable to you, you can update or change any information that you provided.
To do this, send your product ID and a description of the changes that you want made to the following address: Microsoft One Microsoft Way Redmond, Washington Microsoft will update your information to reflect any changes that you want made. You must provide your product ID so that Microsoft can accurately identify your activation record. Why do I receive notifications to activate my product?
If you do not activate an Office product, you receive a reminder to activate your product every time that you start the program. The reminder helps make sure that you are aware that license activation is required and that you can complete the product activation process before the program enters reduced-functionality mode.
Is there more than one kind of product license? Yes, the following license types are available: Perpetual Product Trial Program Q What is a perpetual license? A perpetual license lets you use the Office system programs and the Office programs as long as you own the product.
What is a subscription license? A subscription license lets you use the Office system programs and Office programs for a determined time. What is a Product Trial Program license? A Product Trial Program license lets you use the Office system and Office on a trial basis for one month. How many times can I skip activation? For Product Trial Program license products, the Office programs run in reduced-functionality mode the first time that the programs start.
For perpetual license products, you can skip product activation 25 times.
Follow One uncommon but can likely happen scenario is that you have more than one Office software license and you put one product key on the wrong computer. When this happens, Microsoft will assume that you are trying to transfer the code to a new different computer. It will not activate, and it can cause problems along the way. When it comes to changing the product key in Microsoft Office , there is no need to concern yourself with hyphens or CAPS. You only put the 25 alphanumeric characters, and it will be taken care of. Moreover, there is a message that will ask you to wait while the key you entered is still validated. During this moment, the Continue button becomes inactive and gray. If the key you enter is valid, the message window recedes from view. It also activates the button so you can proceed with the task.