Windows 10: How does office activation work? I need to buy a copy, suggestions?

Discus and support How does office activation work? I need to buy a copy, suggestions? in Microsoft Office and 365 to solve the problem; I need office for work, i have found Office 2019 Professional Plus for $59 unless you guys can suggest a place to buy it? I do not want the pay... Discussion in 'Microsoft Office and 365' started by David9723, Jul 4, 2021.

  1. David9723 Win User

    How does office activation work? I need to buy a copy, suggestions?


    I need office for work, i have found Office 2019 Professional Plus for $59 unless you guys can suggest a place to buy it? I do not want the pay monthly. Is the activation like win 10 tied to your hardware ID? Thanks

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    David9723, Jul 4, 2021
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  2. MisterEd Win User

    Discounted Office Professional Plus for sale online

    Eight years ago I obtained a copy of Office Professional Plus 2010 for a non-profit organization I work with. I bought it from a company this is authorized by Microsoft to distriubte volume license software. When I logged onto the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center I was given the following:
    • Link to download Office Professional Plus 2010 installation file
    • MAK Product Key for volume license

    Types of product keys
    • MAK Product Key - Allows one time activation with a Microsoft activation server
    • KMS Product Key - Allows multiple activations through a companies own activation servers

    Note when you buy Office through the volume license channel you are actually buying activations. No matter how many activations you buy you only get one Product Key for all of them. You get to use the same Product Key to install Office until you exceed the number of activations purchased.

    I see a number of online websites that offer Office Professional Plus 2016 and 2019 for sale at a greatly discounted price. Since these products are only normally supposed to be available through the volume license channel where are these products coming from?

    Suggested scenario:

    These keys may have been bought originally through the volume license channel but are being resold online. For example suppose an online seller obtained 100 activations from some company. They then sell the same MAK Product Key up to 100 times to different buyers.

    Does this scenario make sense? Would that explain how these copies of Office are being sold?
     
    MisterEd, Jul 4, 2021
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  3. Trying to install and activate an old copy of Office 2007

    Hello everyone. My name is Stephen Lester and I am a retired senior with just enough experience to be dangerous! Recently, I was trying to install and activate an old copy of Office 2007. It installed ok but when I tried to activate it it gave me an error message stating the product key was invalid. When I called Microsoft they told me that Office 2007 not longer runs on windows 10! Anybody got any suggestions?

    Thanks!
    SFL
     
    Stephenflester, Jul 4, 2021
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  4. MisterEd Win User

    How does office activation work? I need to buy a copy, suggestions?

    Problem Activating Office 2019

    You can save a few steps and do this

    1. Go to this page: Microsoft 365
    2. Log in with your Microsoft account
    3. Enter your Office product key
    4. Use the link given to download Office 2019
    5. install Office 2019
    I used this method for both of my copies of Office 2019

    BTW, Microsoft Toolkit 2.71 says this:
    Product Description: Office19_ProPlus2019MSDNR_Retail
     
    MisterEd, Jul 4, 2021
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