How do I manually activate Microsoft Office (KMS)?

This FAQ was last modified on: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:31pm

1)  YOU MUST HAVE ADMINISTRATIVE RIGHTS ON THE MACHINE THAT YOU ARE TRYING TO ACTIVATE OFFICE ON!!!!
If you do not have administrative rights OR do not know if you do, please STOP and immediately contact YOUR LOCAL Computer Support Representative.

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If you are NOT connected to a port on the GT campus network, please connect your computer to the GT VPN.

**PLEASE NOTE** LAWN (GTWifi/GTOther) is not considered an ON CAMPUS network so you will need to use VPN on LAWN. 

If you don't have the GTvpn client, you can get the current Cisco VPN client for GT here (Choose your Operating system):

http://s1.faq.oit.gatech.edu/content/how-do-i-install-cisco-anyconnect-client-windows-7-and-later-versions
http://s1.faq.oit.gatech.edu/content/how-do-i-install-cisco-anyconnect-client-linux
http://s1.faq.oit.gatech.edu/content/how-do-i-install-cisco-anyconnect-client-os-x

Once you have established a working VPN connection:
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Open a command prompt to connect to the KMS server:

Click Start and in the RUN box type (without the quotes):  "CMD"

"Right" click on the Command Prompt icon and select "Run as Administrator"

Test that DNS resolution is working:

Type: 

nslookup kms.gatech.edu

It should return an IP address similar to this: 130.207.xxx.xxx
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In Windows XP do the following:

Add "gatech.edu" to the DNS Search Suffixes for your network connection

open control panel

open Network and Internet Connections

open Network Connections

open Local Area Connection

Click Properties

Click Internet Protocol(TCP/IP)

Click Properties

Click Advanced

Click the DNS tab

Add "gatech.edu" to the "Append These DNS Suffixes" box

"OK" your way out of all the windows you've opened.

 

Note: For windows Vista and Win 7 you will do the appropriate navigation in the control panel to achieve the above result.
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Change the office directory:

** For OFFICE 2010, 2013, 2016, etc., in the same command prompt that you opened earlier, type:

FOR 32-bit versions of Windows use:

cd "\program files\microsoft office\office1(X)"

FOR 64-bit versions of Windows use:

cd "\program files (x86)\microsoft office\office1(X)"

 

Then run the following commands:

 

cscript ospp.vbs /dstatus

 

This will Display the current status of your license.

If your copy of Office has successfully activated, the License Status
should say:

--LICENSED--

If it DOES NOT say "--LICENSED--", run the following commands:

cscript ospp.vbs /osppsvcauto

------- ACTIVATION COMMAND!

This will start the activation service.

Then run the following command to force the activation:

cscript ospp.vbs /act

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If you get an error (like 0x8007232B) then run this command:

cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:kms.gatech.edu

Once that succeeds, run the activation command again:

cscript ospp.vbs /act

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