Activating Microsoft Office Products without using a Microsoft Account


Hello.

You may not want your install of Microsoft Office products linked to a “Microsoft Account”, yet the product seems to force the issue?

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After entering a valid product key, do you receive this forced modal dialog, which forces you to link an account?  (note: doesn’t seem to be forced with MS Project).

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Close it.. If you do though, whether you added a valid key or not, the software will not be activated:

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Close out of the product (Word/Excel etc)

Open a command prompt with Administration privilege.

Change directory to:

<system>\program files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16

cscript OSPP.VBS /inpkey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

cscript OSPP.VBS /act

Insert your office key instead of “XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX”

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