Renew Microsoft Office/Windows KMS license for FREE manually

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By default, KMS license is valid for only 180 days and it will be renewed every 7 days as from the date of activation. However, in some cases, this process can be stuck. The following are some reasons for this problem.

– Your PC is not connected to the internet or the connection is unstable when the license renewal process is called.

– You are using a third-party firewall so the connection to KMS server is denied.

– You are using different versions of Office on your PC. Retail and Volume version on the same PC?

Workarounds

– Make sure your PC is always connected and your internet connection is stable.

– If you are using another firewall, please open port 1688.

– Please do not use Office retail and volume on the same Windows.

How to renew KMS license

Renew Microsoft Office license

Step 1: Open command prompt as administrator.

Step 2: Copy and run the command below. Note: “Office16” is code name of Office 2016. If you are using Office 2013/2010, just replace it with “Office15” and “Office14”.

cscript "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /act

If you see an error, try this command.

cscript "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /act

renew office kms license using "act" command

Done!

Renew Microsoft Windows license

Step 1: Open command prompt as administrator.

Step 2: Execute this command.

cscript slmgr.vbs /ato

Your license is renewed successfully!

Renew Microsoft Office/Windows KMS license for FREE manually
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58 thoughts on “Renew Microsoft Office/Windows KMS license for FREE manually

  1. T

    What do i do? See below
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>cscript “%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs” /act
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    —Processing————————–
    —————————————
    Installed product key detected – attempting to activate the following product:
    SKU ID: d7279dd0-e175-49fe-a623-8fc2fc00afc4
    LICENSE NAME: Office 16, Office16O365HomePremR_Grace edition
    LICENSE DESCRIPTION: Office 16, RETAIL(Grace) channel
    Last 5 characters of installed product key: KHGM9
    ERROR CODE: 0xC004F017
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: The Software Licensing Service reported that the license is not installed.
    —————————————
    —————————————
    —Exiting—————————–

    Reply
    1. kWong

      Your PC need to repair.

      Google: ReimageRepair.exe

      download and install. Scan PC, solve the problem find.

      Then try activate again.

      Reply
  2. preston

    how if i got message like this in cmd prompt

    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.16299.309]
    (c) 2017 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>cscript slmgr.vbs /ato
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Activating Windows(R), Professional edition (2de67392-b7a7-462a-b1ca-108dd189f588) …
    Error: 0xC004F074 The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer could not be activated. No Key Management Service (KMS) could be contacted. Please see the Application Event Log for additional information.

    thx for ur attention dude

    Reply
  3. Mert Serdar

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
    Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Users\Administrator>cscript “%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office14\ospp.vbs” /act
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.8
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    —Processing————————–
    —————————————
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: An unknown error occurred.
    Installed product key detected – attempting to activate the following product:
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: An unknown error occurred.
    —————————————
    —————————————
    —Exiting—————————–

    Please help…

    Reply
  4. Ray

    Installed product key detected – attempting to activate the following product:
    SKU ID: 95820f84-6e8c-4d22-b2ce-54953e9911bc
    LICENSE NAME: Office 16, Office16O365HomePremR_SubTrial5 edition
    LICENSE DESCRIPTION: Office 16, TIMEBASED_SUB channel
    Last 5 characters of installed product key: C9VJ8

    —————————————
    Installed product key detected – attempting to activate the following product:
    SKU ID: d450596f-894d-49e0-966a-fd39ed4c4c64
    LICENSE NAME: Office 16, Office16ProPlusVL_KMS_Client edition
    LICENSE DESCRIPTION: Office 16, VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel
    Last 5 characters of installed product key: WFG99
    ERROR CODE: 0xC004F074
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: The Software Licensing Service reported that the product could not be activated. No Key Management Service (KMS) could be contacted. Please see the Application Event Log for additional information.
    To view the activation event history run: cscript ospp.vbs /dhistorykms
    NOTICE: A KB article has been detected for activation failure: 0xC004F074
    FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2870357#Error0xC004F074
    —————————————
    —————————————
    —Exiting—————————–

    Reply
    1. kWong

      When installed Office 365 will automatic upgrade to office 2016. Don’t install stand alone Office 2016 in the same PC.

      Reply
  5. Alejandro Alegria Saldias

    Dear have good afternoon, I appreciate your time and can unselfishly share your knowledge, I ask you a question, how can I do to activate a windows 7 in any version? From already thank you very much.

    From Chile.

    Reply
    1. kWong

      Top search:3 Methods to get a free Windows 7 license Post

      Use Method 2 KMS client setup keys

      it supports Windows 7 Pro / Enterprise

      Reply
  6. Jonas Campos

    Hi man! thanks for the effort, here is not happening, even running the cmd as admin.
    My pc was bought late 2018 with the 2018 version of OFFICE and windows 10, but now, the subscription has finished (didn’t know that this would happen). I am downloading the file for the 2019 that you posted here and I will try to intstal and see if it works? what do you think about it?

    Reply
      1. kWong

        Before install Office 2019 must uninstall the other Office version in PC. And also cannot have two Office 2019 installed in same PC.

        Reply
  7. La

    I am getting this error when I try to activate Windows 10 Education 1803 build 17134.523
    What should I do?
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>cscript slmgr.vbs /ato
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Error: product not found.

    Reply
  8. Gino

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    Reply
    1. veluka

      Hi, please do this to make it work (you must be connected to the internet to work):
      1. Open Windows Defender Firewall
      2. On the lower left side select “Advanced Settings”
      3. Select (left panel) “entry rules” and in the right panel “New rule”
      4. In the wizard select ‘Port’ and next, select ‘TCP’ and in the text box you write 1688, next day, in the next window (by default) you select ‘Allow connection’ and next, they are all marked (Domain , Private, Public) and next, in the last window you put a name to this rule, for example: (Name) KMS_TCP and in description (so you can remember), you can put this, KMS Service of Office activation and Finish.
      5. Now go and execute the activation script (remember that the command console of Windows must execute it as administrator)

      if it does not work, go to the section of this page and locate the activation batch process file and execute it.

      Luck!
      Success

      Hola, por favor hace esto para que funcione (debes estar conectado a Internet para que funcione):
      1. Abrir Firewall de Windows Defender
      2. Al costado inferior izquierdo selecciona “Configuraci贸n Avanzada”
      3. Selecciona (panel izquierdo) “reglas de entrada” y en panel derecho “Nueva regla”
      4. En el asistente selecciona ‘Puerto’ y siguiente, selecciona ‘TCP’ y en el cuadro de texto escribes 1688, das siguiente, en la pr贸xima ventana (por defecto) seleccionas ‘Permitir la conexi贸n’ y siguiente, quedan marcados todos (Dominio, Privado, P煤blico) y siguiente, el la 煤ltima ventana le pones un nombre a esta regla, por ejemplo: (Nombre) KMS_TCP y en descripci贸n (para que te acuerdes), puedes poner esto, Servicio KMS de activaci贸n de Office y Finalizar.
      5. Ahora ve y ejecuta el script de activaci贸n (recuerda que la consola de comandos de Windows debes ejecutarla como administrador)

      si no funciona, ve a la secci贸n de esta p谩gina y ubica el archivo de proceso por lotes de activaci贸n y lo ejecutas.

      Suerte!
      脡xito

      Reply
  9. Pawel

    I have this problem. Please help me.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>cscript “%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs” /act
    Host skrypt贸w systemu Windows firmy Microsoft (R) wersja 5.812
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. Wszelkie prawa zastrze偶one.

    —Processing————————–
    —————————————
    Installed product key detected – attempting to activate the following product:
    SKU ID: 70d9ceb6-6dfa-4da4-b413-18c1c3c76e2e
    LICENSE NAME: Office 16, Office16ProPlusR_Grace edition
    LICENSE DESCRIPTION: Office 16, RETAIL(Grace) channel
    Last 5 characters of installed product key: BTDRB
    ERROR CODE: 0xC004F017
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: The Software Licensing Service reported that the license is not installed.
    —————————————
    Installed product key detected – attempting to activate the following product:
    SKU ID: d450596f-894d-49e0-966a-fd39ed4c4c64
    LICENSE NAME: Office 16, Office16ProPlusVL_KMS_Client edition
    LICENSE DESCRIPTION: Office 16, VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel
    Last 5 characters of installed product key: WFG99
    ERROR CODE: 0xC004F074
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: The Software Licensing Service reported that the product could not be activated. No Key Management Service (KMS) could be contacted. Please see the Application Event Log for additional information.
    To view the activation event history run: cscript ospp.vbs /dhistorykms
    NOTICE: A KB article has been detected for activation failure: 0xC004F074
    FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2870357#Error0xC004F074
    —————————————
    —————————————
    —Exiting—————————–

    Reply
    1. veluka

      open the CMD command console as an administrator copy or write and execute this:
      slmgr.vbs / upk ‘to de-name the Windows product key

      restart
      again you open the console as administrator and copy or write the script

      cscript slmgr.vbs / ato

      Success

      abre la consola de comandos CMD como administrador copia o escribe y ejecuta esto:
      slmgr.vbs /upk ‘para desintalar la clave de producto de Windows

      reinicia
      nuevamente abres la consola como administrador y copias o escribes el script

      cscript slmgr.vbs /ato

      脡xito

      Reply
  10. Dickson Wong

    ERROR CODE: 0xC004F074
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: The Software Licensing Service reported that the product could not be activated. No Key Management Service (KMS) could be contacted. Please see the Application Event Log for additional information.

    Reply
  11. John Egan

    Computer message that my windows license will expire soon. Windows Professional 64 bit. Using your procedure says my computer not eligible. Is there another way to activate Windows?

    Reply
  12. Jammy

    Hi, Guang. Just wanna say THANK YOU for this article. Worked perfectly and whithout having to install anything to activate Office. My best regards.

    Reply
  13. Ye

    It didn’t work. It shows:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
    Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Windows\system32>cscript “%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs”
    /act
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.8
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Input Error: Can not find script file “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office1
    6\ospp.vbs”.

    C:\Windows\system32>cscript “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.
    vbs” /act
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.8
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Input Error: Can not find script file “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\O
    ffice16\ospp.vbs”.

    What should I do??????

    Reply
    1. tejas

      copy this script on notepad and click on file>save as>name it as xyz.cmd
      and run it using administator
      your problems has solved!

      ENJOY
      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Reply
  14. ha chen chuen

    hi i install all your products according to steps but when I troubleshoot it became grace retail version when checking the error on the CMD
    cscript “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs” /act

    the cmd will show to you as below
    C:\Windows\system32>cscript “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs” /act
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    —Processing————————–
    —————————————
    Installed product key detected – attempting to activate the following product:
    SKU ID: 70d9ceb6-6dfa-4da4-b413-18c1c3c76e2e
    LICENSE NAME: Office 16, Office16ProPlusR_Grace edition
    LICENSE DESCRIPTION: Office 16, RETAIL(Grace) channel
    Last 5 characters of installed product key: BTDRB
    ERROR CODE: 0xC004F017
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: The Software Licensing Service reported that the license is not installed.
    —————————————
    —————————————
    —Exiting—————————–

    Reply
  15. prasmick

    I get this error,

    Activating Windows(R), Professional edition (2de67392-b7a7-462a-b1ca-108dd189f588) …
    Error: 0x8007232B DNS name does not exist

    Reply
  16. dvrcj

    after a week without reactivating, i tried it again and it worked.
    maybe one has to wait a few days for it to work again.

    Reply
  17. LRaf

    Hi,
    I am trying to renew Microsoft Windows lincense and follow all the steps.
    However I am stuck on the error below:
    Erro: 0xC004F074 The Software Licensing Service reported that the product could not be activated. No Key Management Service (KMS) could be contacted. Please see the Application Event Log for additional information.

    Any recommendations?
    Thks

    Reply
  18. dvrcj

    tried it all and it still warns me that i only have 4 days in Office professional plus 2016
    (and i think i have the outlook 360 or something)

    Reply
  19. Jamoy

    ohk, here is my trouble my friend once activate mircosoft office 2016 which give power point, excel etc. the thing is its now saying word activation failed. and i dont know how to fix it. i tried everything you listed but i only get that kms failed that part in cmd section. really hope you could help me out on this.

    Reply
  20. Ftmked

    I appreciate your effort and profession. I have tried to activate both office and Windows OS, However, office activation encounters an error. See the detail of the error which is copied from CMD

    ERROR CODE: 0xC004F074
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: The Software Licensing Service reported that the product could not be activated. No Key Management Service (KMS) could be contacted. Please see the Application Event Log for additional information.
    To view the activation event history run: cscript ospp.vbs /dhistorykms
    NOTICE: A KB article has been detected for activation failure: 0xC004F074
    FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2870357#Error0xC004F074

    So, How can I solve it?

    Reply
    1. Nikki T

      Mine says: Sorry! Your version is not supported.
      Please try installing the latest version here: bit.ly/odt2k16. When i try to download, it wants my credit card to activate free trial

      Reply