How to transfer Office to a new computer while keeping the license

How to transfer Office to a new computer while keeping the license

Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications created by a corporation Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X operating systems.

First, find out which version of Office you have installed. Depending on the build, there are slight differences in the porting of programs. For example, if you have an annual Office 365 subscription, there is no need for any transfers. It is enough to log into your Microsoft account on a new computer. If you have Office 2013 or Office 2016, for example, you need a 25-character key to transfer.



Microsoft Office and its desktop applications licensed «on devicesabout”. You must purchase a license for each device that accesses or uses the software (locally or over the network). Such a device is called “licensed device“. Instead of running the software on a licensed device, you may install and use it on a single virtual hardware system. Microsoft Office components are licensed collectively as a single product, and you are not allowed to separate the components and install them on other devices.

What applications are included with Microsoft Office?

Here is a list of the main applications included in the most complete suite – Office Professional:

  • Word is a word processor.
  • Excel is a spreadsheet processor.
  • PowerPoint is an application for preparing presentations.
  • OneNote is an application for taking notes and managing them.
  • Outlook is a personal communicator.
  • Publisher is an application for creating engaging publications.
  • Access is a database management application.
  • Skype for Business – designed to organize comprehensive communication between people.

Unlinking the Office activation key

First of all, we untie the Office 2019 activation key from the old PC. To do this, press the button with a magnifying glass near the button “Start“, We type”cmd” (without quotes) and run the command line as administrator.



We enter the following commands, after each press “Enter”:

cd C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice16 
cscript ospp.vbs /rearm 

Now we launch any application Office, eg, Word and we see the following picture.

This means that half of the work is done! Activation has been reset! Now, be sure to completely uninstall Office.

How to uninstall all MS Office packages correctly

Order when uninstalling installed versions of Office:
1. Uninstall Antivirus (not necessary);
2. Remove the package you do not need Using the standard tools, Control Panel Programs and Features, highlight the installed package, click the “Remove” button, wait for the successful completion of the removal and restart the device;

3. The applications FixITcorresponding to the uninstalled Office package with subsequent reboot;
4. Through the Control Panel Programs and Features select the installed Office package, click the “Change” button and select “Restore over the network”, wait for successful execution and restart the device;

5. Complete the Activation and Registration of your Office suite by entering the supplied key or by entering the Login and Password of the Account associated with your Office 365 subscription;

6. Check for updates to the installed package and, if necessary, install the updates;

7. Install the Antivirus program if you removed it.

Order when uninstalling on one device and installing an Office 365 Home subscription on another device.

1. To uninstall Office 365 Home, first go to www.office.com/myaccount and follow the instructions to deactivate Office;

2. Uninstall Antivirus (not necessary);

3. Through Control PanelPrograms and Features, Delete your Office 365 Home subscription.

4. The applications FixITcorresponding to the uninstalled Office package with subsequent reboot;

5. From your subscription account, install the subscription for the device you need by choosing the bit version of Office 365 for home you need;

6. Complete the Activation and Registration of your Office suite by entering the supplied key or by entering the Login and Password of the Account associated with your Office 365 subscription;

7. Check for updates to the installed package and, if necessary, install the updates;

8. Install the Antivirus program if you removed it.

Installing MS Office on a PC

How to install a boxed Office package (an Office package with a key to the installed package on hand):

1. Remove the Antivirus program;

2. Run an installation from a disc or an Office box setup file;

3. At the last stage, refuse to continue the installation on the Internet, close the program and restart the device;

4. For example, open the Word program, in the Activation window, select “Enter the product key instead”;

5. In a new window, enter the key for the boxed version, wait for the green checkbox to appear, and click on the “Install” button;

6. Check for updates to the installed package and, if necessary, install the updates;

7. Install Antivirus software.

Important!!! For your safety, do not forget to re-install Antivirus and third-party Firewall !!!

Activate our Office on another PC

It remains to install and activate Microsoft Office by inserting the CD with the program into a new computer. If you do not have a disc, download the software from the official Microsoft website. Pay attention to which bit version you are downloading.

When you open any program (Word, Power Point, Excel), a pop-up window will offer to activate the software. If you purchased Office from the manufacturer, simply sign in to Microsoft with your account.

Another way to activate the product is to use the command line that we already know. We enter two commands into it (remembering to press “Enter” after each):

cd C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice16  
cscript ospp.vbs /inpkey:ВВЕДИТЕ ВАШ КЛЮЧ АКТИВАЦИИ

Launch Word and see the result. If everything is done correctly, the product will be activated.

Now you know how to transfer your Office license to a new computer. If reactivating Office doesn’t work, just email or call Microsoft.

Free hotline: + 7-495-916-7171; + 7-800-200-8001.

If you name the old key, the specialists will give you a new one.

FixIT: additional materials for solving problems with MS Office

Uninstall Office from PC – All versions (with complete uninstallation of Office 2016 on Windows 10)

How to cleanly uninstall Office 2013 using the easy fix tool

Uninstall Office 2016, Office 2013, or Office 365 on a Windows PC

Uninstall Office 2016 for Mac

Uninstall Office 2013 or Office 365 on a Windows PC

Remove Office 2003, Office 2007, and Office 2010 suites

Remove reminder to upgrade to Office 2016

Remove Office from your computer (Option 2: Completely uninstall Office using the uninstallation support tool).

Diagnostic tools and fixes

Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365

Microsoft Office Customization Analysis Tool (OffCAT) Important!, applicable from Office 2007 version up to version 2013.

Direct link to download SaRA after preliminary verification, installing Office 2016 from the subscription Office 365

Microsoft Security Essentials – Free Edition

Office 2010 Service Pack Uninstall Tool

Version and build numbers for Office 365 update channels

Update history for Office 2013

Reverting to a previous version of MS Office 2016

How to downgrade to an earlier version of Office 2013 or Office 2016 (full article)

ODT (Office Deployment Tool) Instructions

Remote Connectivity Analyzer – utility for online diagnostics


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