How to activate office 2010

Some users have been experiencing problems with the activation of Microsoft Office 2010. For users of volume license versions of the popular office suite, activating your product key can be a tricky business. Even after a smooth installation, after a week or so of using Office, some people will be interrupted with a popup window stating that “Microsoft Office 2010 has not been activated”.  Don’t worry, the solution is short and simple.

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Click your windows start button and go to Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt
  2. In the command window, TypeC:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14 (without the “”) and press Enter on your keyboard
  3. Next, typecscript ospp.vbs /inpkey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX” (without the “” and replace the X’s with your Microsoft Office 2010 Product Key) and press Enter on your keyboard
  4. If you have entered a valid product key, text within the command prompt will appear telling you that the process has been successful.
  5. Now type “cscript ospp.vbs /act” (again, without the “”) this will now attempt to activate Microsoft Office 2010.

You will receive a final message to tell you that the process has been successful. If the process is not successful, close the command prompt and repeat steps 1 – 5 checking that you have entered all the details correctly.

  19 comments for “How to activate office 2010

  1. Saurabh
    February 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks a ton, it worked like a breeze.

  2. dr
    June 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    what if I am using win 7? There is no command for “Run”

  3. Jason
    July 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Worked great, thanks. Had to mess around a bit to get it to work in Windows7 but this is just what I was looking for to avoid the annoying “future date” activation prompt.

    For the user who asked about Windows7

    - Under the start menu do a search for command.exe
    - Set this to Run as Administrator. The steps detailed above will likely not work if you don’t do this.
    - Now under the start menu where it says “Search Programs and Files” type cmd

    This will bring up the command prompt referred to above.

    For 32 Bit Versions it will work exactly as above.

    For 64 Bit Versions the files will likely be in “C\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14″

  4. July 4, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Hello Dr, in case you still want to know, you can either manually navigate to run, i.e click start – all programs – Accessories – run.

    Or (Shortcut)

    Click on start – type run (in the search area that shows up) – then cmd.

    As an alternative, to activate your copy.

    Open any office product, i.e office 2010 word, click on file – help and on the right side, navigate to change activation, and then you can enter your product key.

    Hope that was helpful

  5. FAH
    August 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    This worked great, thank you so much.

  6. jh
    August 18, 2011 at 11:13 am

    iboy’s alternative method worked for me – just keep in mind it looks like it’s going to start another installation, but it doesn’t. It just activates the software.

  7. daq
    September 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Run is Windows key + R button. Sheeesh. :P

  8. October 3, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Go to File > Help > Activate — A lil more simple than a reg hack

  9. October 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    This worked perfectly, thanks! :)

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  11. sfasdfasdf
    April 2, 2012 at 5:20 am

    you are the man.

  12. August 2, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Great advice thanks. I just needed in the x86 folder, but other than that spot on.

  13. August 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Thank you so much

  14. August 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve tried locating the office14 folder but to no avail. Am I entering the wrong path “\program files\microsoft office\office14″ ?

  15. NIK
    August 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    no funciona. no no no. now don´t run

  16. Lion
    October 13, 2012 at 2:53 am

    It didn’t work for me, I opened the command in Admin but it displays:
    and obviously, when I type C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
    it tells me it’s unrecognizable!

    Help me

  17. Tj.
    November 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Same with me: run as Admin, display C:\windows\system
    When followed instructions, it reads:
    “C:\Program is not an internal or external command, operable program or bacth file”
    Tried also from C:\windows\systhe going back with cd\ to C:\ and then start full sequence. Message is then the same.

    Please, your suggestions are appreciated.

  18. Eric
    January 9, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I bought myself some more time using the following:
    By running a file named ‘ospprearm.exe’, users can reset the time-until-activation to 30 days. The file is located in the folder ‘%installdir%\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform’, where ‘%installdir%’ is ‘C:’ on most machines.

    The technique, dubbed ‘rearm’ as a nod to the command used in Windows, can be used up to five times. If users perform the rearm at the end of each 30-day period, they can run Office 2010 for a total of 180 days without having to supply an activation key.

    Good luck!

  19. Al Mourabit
    June 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Well I have to admit it was tricky. the command provided is correct however to be honest if copied and pasted it will not work at all. Best to work it is if you can go back 12 years ago and use some DOS commands.


    to go up in the directory until you get to

    then type manually

    cd program files
    cd microsoft office
    cd office14

    you get there.

    now that you are there the other command works fine except in my case funny enough kept telling me it needs administrative privileges and exits the process. I am an admin of my PC weird.

    I have to admit in my case it was frustrating so I opted to trying again to activating it online and guess what all was fine activated keeping me happy and Microsoft happy. well must say my copies are legal.

    Cheers everyone

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