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Volume activation quick start guide for Office 2010

Office 2010

Published: May 16, 2012

This is a quick start guide for activating Volume License editions of Microsoft Office 2010. If you are not familiar with volume activation, see Windows Volume Activation Planning Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=183040), Plan for volume activation of Office 2010, and Deploy volume activation of Office 2010. The intended audience is IT administrators who are familiar with Windows volume activation and who want to know which steps are required for volume activation of Office client products.

Volume License editions of Office 2010 require activation. The activation technology is based on the Windows Software Protection Platform. If you are familiar with Windows Key Management Service (KMS) or Multiple Activation Key (MAK) activation, you will be familiar with requirements for Office 2010 activation. This article describes the differences between Windows and Office. It also includes the steps that are required to activate Office 2010.

Important Important:

This information applies to volume-licensed editions of Office 2010. It does not apply to Office Professional Plus for Office 365, which is licensed through subscription.

Office 2010 is supported on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

In this article:

Differences between Windows and Office activation

Differences between Windows activation and Office activation with regard to both KMS and MAK are as follows:

For KMS activation:

  • The activation threshold for the KMS host is five client computers. At least five physical or virtual computers that have Office installed must request activation before KMS clients can be activated.

  • Only one KMS host key must be installed and activated on the Office 2010 KMS host. This KMS host then activates all Office 2010 products that have the KMS client key installed.

  • When using slmgr.vbs commands on the KMS host, you must enter the Office 2010 activation ID (bfe7a195-4f8f-4f0b-a622-cf13c7d16864). For more information about the slmgr.vbs script, see Deploy volume activation of Office 2010.

  • To ensure that the Office 2010 KMS host key is recognized, you must install the Office 2010 license files by downloading and running KeyManagementServiceHost.exe at the Microsoft Office 2010 KMS Host License Pack (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=169244) Web site.

For MAK activation:

  • Each Office suite or product has its own MAK key.

  • There are separate MAK keys for Microsoft Project 2010 and Microsoft Visio.

    For example, with a single MAK key, you can activate all applications in the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 suite. However, you must enter separate MAK keys for Project 2010, Visio, or any of the Office Professional Plus 2010 suite products, such as Microsoft Word 2010 or Microsoft Excel 2010.

Scenarios for Office 2010 volume activation

Scenarios help users determine what best fits their current or proposed environment and they provide step-by-step guidance for activating the Volume License editions of Office 2010 software. The detailed steps for activation that are listed in the scenarios apply to all Volume License editions of Office 2010 client products (Office Professional Plus 2010, Visio 2010, and Project 2010).

The scenarios are located in the following articles:

Office 2010 volume activation methods

There are two methods for activating Volume License editions of Office 2010: Key Management Service (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK). For a detailed description of these two methods, see Review activation methods in Plan volume activation of Office 2010.

Install and configure the KMS host

Only the following operating systems can serve as the Office 2010 KMS host:

Important Important:

The KMS host key for Office 2010 is not specific to a particular operating system. You can use it on any of the operating systems that are listed above. This includes both 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

The following operating systems are not supported as the KMS host:

  • Windows Vista, all versions

  • Windows Server 2008, including service packs

For more information, see Volume Activation 2.0 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=151726).

Co-host an Office KMS host with a Windows KMS host

If you currently have a Windows KMS host that runs on an operating system that supports an Office 2010 KMS host, we recommend that you use the same computer for your Office 2010 KMS host. You still must follow these steps to install and activate an Office 2010 KMS host key. For more information, see Plan volume activation of Office 2010.

To activate an Office 2010 KMS host on Windows Server 2003

To activate an Office 2010 KMS host on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

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