Legal way to use Office 365 totally FREE, without paying a dime

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In a previous post here, I have shown you guys how to download and install Office 365 Multi-language using online installer downloaded directly from the Microsoft homepage. By default, the new installation includes a 30-day free trial license. After that, most important features will be disabled. It means your work will be discontinued unless you pay for Office 365 subscription. If you are in financial difficulties, this is so bad, I know. To help you overcome this problem, I recommend using KMS licene key to activate your Office. For those of you guys who don’t already know, KMS license is almost similar to the trial one. It is totally free, legal and is valid for 180 days only. But don’t worry about the period because it can be renewed easily.

Ok! The introduction is over. Now let’s get started!

Remove your current trial license

This step is optional if your trial license was expired. However, if it is still valid, you need to remove it. Because in some cases, after you activate your Office using KMS license, important features are resumed but the expiration notification still remains. Please follow instructions in this post to uninstall the trial license.

Make sure your computer is ready

You need to check your internet connection again and make sure that the Windows Update service is turned on. KMS license has to be verified by making a connection to my KMS server before it can be used. So you need to check if the KMS server is blocked or not. This is pretty simple. Just open your internet browser and try visitting this site: http://kms8.msguides.com. If it is visible, this means my KMS server is not blocked.

Activating your Office 365 using KMS client key

1. Manual method

Time needed: 1 minute.

Manually activate your Office 365 using KMS client key.

  1. Open command prompt as admin.

    First, you need to open command prompt with admin rights, then follow the instruction below step by step. Just copy/paste the commands and do not forget to hit Enter in order to execute them.

  2. Navigate to your Office folder.

    If you install your Office in the ProgramFiles folder, the path will be “%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16” or “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16”. It depends on the architecture of the Windows OS you are using. If you are not sure of this issue, don’t worry, just run both of the commands above. One of them will be not executed and an error message will be printed on the screen.

    cd /d %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16
    cd /d %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16

  3. Convert your Office license to volume one if possible.

    If your Office is got from Microsoft, this step is required. On the contrary, if you install Office from a Volume ISO file, this is optional so just skip it if you want.

    for /f %x in ('dir /b ..\root\Licenses16\proplusvl_kms*.xrm-ms') do cscript ospp.vbs /inslic:"..\root\Licenses16\%x"

  4. Use KMS client key to activate your Office

    Make sure your PC is connected to the internet, then run the following command.

    cscript ospp.vbs /inpkey:XQNVK-8JYDB-WJ9W3-YJ8YR-WFG99
    cscript ospp.vbs /unpkey:BTDRB >nul
    cscript ospp.vbs /unpkey:KHGM9 >nul
    cscript ospp.vbs /unpkey:CPQVG >nul
    cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:kms8.msguides.com
    cscript ospp.vbs /setprt:1688
    cscript ospp.vbs /act

    Here is all the text you will get in the command prompt window.
    C:\Windows\system32>cd /d %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16>cd /d %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16
    The system cannot find the path specified.
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16>for /f %x in ('dir /b ..\root\Licenses16\proplusvl_kms*.xrm-ms') do cscript ospp.vbs /inslic:"..\root\Licenses16\%x"
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16>cscript ospp.vbs /inslic:"..\root\Licenses16\ProPlusVL_KMS_Client-ppd.xrm-ms"
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    ---Processing--------------------------
    Installing Office license: ..\root\licenses16\proplusvl_kms_client-ppd.xrm-ms
    Office license installed successfully.
    ---Exiting-----------------------------
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16>cscript ospp.vbs /inslic:"..\root\Licenses16\ProPlusVL_KMS_Client-ul-oob.xrm-ms"
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    ---Processing--------------------------
    Installing Office license: ..\root\licenses16\proplusvl_kms_client-ul-oob.xrm-ms
    Office license installed successfully.
    ---Exiting-----------------------------
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16>cscript ospp.vbs /inslic:"..\root\Licenses16\ProPlusVL_KMS_Client-ul.xrm-ms"
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    ---Processing--------------------------
    Installing Office license: ..\root\licenses16\proplusvl_kms_client-ul.xrm-ms
    Office license installed successfully.
    ---Exiting-----------------------------
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16>cscript ospp.vbs /inpkey:XQNVK-8JYDB-WJ9W3-YJ8YR-WFG99
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    ---Processing--------------------------

    ---Exiting-----------------------------
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16>cscript ospp.vbs /unpkey:BTDRB >nul
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16>cscript ospp.vbs /unpkey:KHGM9 >nul
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16>cscript ospp.vbs /unpkey:CPQVG >nul
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16>cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:kms8.msguides.com
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    ---Processing--------------------------
    Successfully applied setting.
    ---Exiting-----------------------------
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16>cscript ospp.vbs /setprt:1688
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    ---Processing--------------------------
    Successfully applied setting.
    ---Exiting-----------------------------
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16>cscript 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: 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


    ---Exiting-----------------------------
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16>

2. Using batch script

This method is not recommend anymore due to the new update of Microsoft.

Step 1: Copy the code below into a new text document.

@echo off
title Activate Office 365 ProPlus for FREE - MSGuides.com&cls&echo ============================================================================&echo #Project: Activating Microsoft software products for FREE without software&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo #Supported products: Office 365 ProPlus (x86-x64)&echo.&echo.&(if exist "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" cd /d "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16")&(if exist "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" cd /d "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16")&(for /f %%x in ('dir /b ..\root\Licenses16\proplusvl_kms*.xrm-ms') do cscript ospp.vbs /inslic:"..\root\Licenses16\%%x" >nul)&(for /f %%x in ('dir /b ..\root\Licenses16\proplusvl_mak*.xrm-ms') do cscript ospp.vbs /inslic:"..\root\Licenses16\%%x" >nul)&echo.&echo ============================================================================&echo Activating your Office...&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ckms >nul&cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /setprt:1688 >nul&cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /unpkey:WFG99 >nul&cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /unpkey:DRTFM >nul&cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /unpkey:BTDRB >nul&cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /inpkey:XQNVK-8JYDB-WJ9W3-YJ8YR-WFG99 >nul&set i=1
:server
if %i%==1 set KMS=kms7.MSGuides.com
if %i%==2 set KMS=kms8.MSGuides.com
if %i%==3 set KMS=kms9.MSGuides.com
if %i%==4 goto notsupported
cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /sethst:%KMS% >nul&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo.
cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /act | find /i "successful" && (echo.&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo #My official blog: MSGuides.com&echo.&echo #How it works: bit.ly/kms-server&echo.&echo #Please feel free to contact me at msguides.com@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.&echo.&echo #Please consider supporting this project: donate.msguides.com&echo #Your support is helping me keep my servers running everyday!&echo.&echo ============================================================================&choice /n /c YN /m "Would you like to visit my blog [Y,N]?" & if errorlevel 2 exit) || (echo The connection to my KMS server failed! Trying to connect to another one... & echo Please wait... & echo. & echo. & set /a i+=1 & goto server)
explorer "http://MSGuides.com"&goto halt
:notsupported
echo.&echo ============================================================================&echo Sorry! Your version is not supported.&echo Please try installing the latest version here: bit.ly/odt2k16
:halt
pause >nul
Create a new text file
Create a new text file

Step 2: Save it as a batch file. (eg. office365.cmd).

Save the text file
Save the text file
Set name of the batch file
Set name of the batch file

Step 3: Run the batch file with admin rights. (important!).

Run the batch file as admin
Run the batch file as admin

Done! Your Office is activated successfully.

Successfully activate Office 365
Successfully activate Office 365

Note:

  • I only test this method with Office 365 ProPlus version. I am not sure it will work with the others.
  • Step 3 is flagged “important” because the UAC system will stop this process if you don’t do it.

How to renew your Office 365 license

By default, your license will be renewed automaticaly every seven days but in some cases, it can be stuck. So you need to renew the license manually. Just follow instructions here.

If you would have any questions or concerns, please leave your comments. I would be glad to explain in more details. Thank you so much for all your feedback and support!


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564 thoughts on “Legal way to use Office 365 totally FREE, without paying a dime

  1. Rabiul Hassan Khan

    Hello Dear,

    Thank you very much. Will you please give your attention on android office too 🙂 ? Eagerly waiting for your early and favorable response.

    Best regards,

    Rabiul Hassan Khan.

    Reply
  2. sk

    the method 2 (that was using batch script) woked with all office products i had also a office 2010 on my coumputer which got activated by this………..

    Reply
  3. João Borges

    Hi,
    I used Microsoft Office 365 Deployment tool to install Office 365 Professional Plus.
    When I activate Office 365 Professional Plus, the user interface of Office applications [Word, Excel,…] changes to Office 2019 version.
    Is there a way to bring back the interface of Office 365 Professional Plus?
    Would you like to help me?

    Thanks a lot for your attention,
    João

    Reply
  4. João Borges

    Hi,
    I used Microsoft Office 365 Deployment too
    When I activate Office 365 Professional Plus, the user interface of Office Apps.. changes to Office 2019 version.
    Is there a way to bring back the interface of Office 365 Professional Plus?
    Would you like to help me?

    Reply
  5. Don Leonard Estreta

    of all the things i have tried this is the only one that works. Im so glad. thank you so much. im a student and this really helps me to do my homeworks.

    Reply
  6. Samson

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16>cscript ospp.vbs /inpkey:XQNVK-8JYDB-WJ9W3-YJ8YR-WFG99
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    —Processing————————–
    —————————————
    ERROR CODE: 0xC004F069
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: The Software Licensing Service reported that the product SKU is not found.
    —————————————
    —Exiting—————————-

    Reply
  7. Mohamed Saad

    Great thanks Sir, for your kindness, but it transformed office 365 to office 2016, how can i return it back to office 365?

    Reply