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 Multilanguage 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 the server is not blocked.

Activating your Office 365 using KMS client key

Step 1: Copy the code below into 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_Sev=kms7.MSGuides.com
if %i%==2 set KMS_Sev=kms8.MSGuides.com
if %i%==3 set KMS_Sev=kms9.MSGuides.com
if %i%==4 goto notsupported
cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /sethst:%KMS_Sev% >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

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

save this text file as a batch fileset this batch file name is "office365.cmd"

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

run the "office365.cmd" file with administrator rights

Done! Your Office is activated successfully.

product activation successful

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

  1. Nitai Gildor

    doesn’t work for me…. it sais the connection to the kms server failed – and then after 3 times it sais my version is not supported, I tried it with office 365 and office 2016 using the downloader, but nothing seems to work

    Reply
    1. kWong

      1, don’t install Office 365 and then install stand alone Office 2016 on same PC. KMS activation won’t work this way.

      2, Office 365 can upgrade to office 2016 but not install new version stand alone Office 2016.

      3, All batch file method must run by admin right without restriction and online as the same.

      Reply
  2. rick

    Hi Guang,

    I am completely new to this.
    How to install office 365 to begin the whole thing?

    Many thanks.

    Reply
    1. kWong

      1, download Office 365 pro plus

      2, copy the code from this page save as cmd file.

      3, install office 365 pro plus, when appear activation page , close it.

      4, depend on your internet speed, after installation complete, it will show Office 2016 or Office 2019.

      5, use the Office 365 batch file with admin right to activate, it will become Office 365 base Office 2016 or Office 2019 version. You still will have future Office version upgrade.

      Reply
        1. kWong

          Google: Office 2016 Direct Download Links – HeiDoc.net

          Download Office 2016 Backup Images from Microsoft

          Choose English(USA)

          Office 365 Professional Plus img download

          After download, open Office 365 Professional Plus img, open Office folder, choose X64 or X32 bit set up exe to install.

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          1. rick

            It works. Many thanks.
            But I now have a problem that every time I start the PC, it ask me to sign in to Microsoft Team. Please tell me how to stop/disable/uninstall this.

        2. kWong

          Quit Teams by right-clicking the Teams icon in the taskbar and choosing Quit. Open the Control Panel, select Uninstall a program, and then select Microsoft Teams. With Microsoft Teams highlighted, click Uninstall.

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          1. rick

            I followed your steps, but every time I reboot the pc, it keep coming back re-installing itself. I try a few times already, still cannot completely remote it. Please help.

            Many thanks in advance.

    2. kWong

      TRY to uninstall “Teams Machine-Wide Installer” instead of “Microsoft Teams”. Uninstalling the Machine-Wide Installer will uninstall Teams, but will also prevent it from showing up again.

      Reply
  3. Vic

    It works! Not sure though how long this is gonna last. Hope you can keep us updated in the event something comes up in the update. Thank you so much!

    Reply
  4. Dark knight

    actually this code is all about activation of office 2016. your script is only for 2016. no matter what product you are using , this code will automatically activate office 2016 on your system.

    Reply
    1. kWong

      Office 365 batch file activated Office 365 shown up office 2016, will become Office 365 base office 2016 version.

      It still upgrade to future office version.

      Reply
    1. kWong

      Office 365 in the market very long time. It is the only version can update to future version of office.

      So, Microsoft make every one install office 365 easy. When you install Office 365, it will automatic upgrade to at least Office 2016. If you use Office 365 batch file to activate, It will become office 365 base Office 2016 version. It still can keep on Upgrade to future version of office. But, If you use Office 2016 batch file to activate, it will become office 2016, it won’t upgrade to office 2019 or future version of office.

      Besides, only one copy of office in PC before activation, otherwise will come up haven’t activate message.

      Reply
    1. kWong

      Besides, you can choose update Office 365.

      If your dwonload speed isn’t fast enough, even you use Windows 10, when you install office 365, it only complete upgrade to office 2016. If you use Office 365 method to activate Office 2016 (shown after installation), it is Office 365 base office 2016 version, you can keep update to future Office version. But if you use Office 2016 batch file to activate, it will become office 2016, no longer can update to future office version.

      Reply
      1. kWong

        If your dwonload speed isn’t fast enough, even you use Windows 10, when you install office 365, it only complete upgrade to office 2016. If you use Office 365 method to activate Office 2016 (shown after installation), it is Office 365 base office 2016 version, you can keep update to future Office version. But if you use Office 2016 batch file to activate, it will become office 2016, no longer can update to future office version.

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  5. Aaron

    I’ve unistalled the 30 days trial version of Office 365 that came with my system (using the “o15-ctrremove.diagcab” file that i’ve downloaded from Microsoft) and than rebooted and installed the O365ProPlus version with the deployment tool.

    All good uppon here.

    After the installation i’ve oppened MS Word and went to Account to see the actvation status, and it said that it was acvated with the 180 days subscription.

    But than, I’ve runned your KMS office365.cmd to make sure that Office would stay activated… and now all my Office programs are warning me that they are not activated… :c

    I gonna need to uninstall the full package, and install again to bring the 180 days of activation or is there any thing that I missed to do?

    Reply
    1. Aaron

      Solved!
      I’ve uninstalled the product key, runned the kms batch again and boom now it is actvated!
      But it says Office 2016, not Office 365 or 2019… :c

      I am running the latest Windows 10 x64 (Home Single Language), the version 1809 aka Redstone 5 (Build 17763)

      Is there anything I can do to change O2016 to O2019 or 365?

      Reply
      1. Aaron

        I removed the key again and runned the code that i found in your Office 2019 thread, and now it shows Office 2019. The “problem” was that the code from this page is to activate as 2016 not 2019.

        So… if anyone had the “issue” of having activated Office as 2016 and want it as 2019, just go to t’s thread, copy the code and run it.
        (But remember to uninstall your active product key before, or it will not work!)

        Office 2019 thread: https://msguides.com/microsoft-software-products/office-2019.html
        Product key uninstallation guide: https://msguides.com/computer-tips/uninstall-microsoft-products-trial-kms-license.html

        Note: I think that O2016 and O2019 are completelly the same program with any diferences. If your Office 2016 is fully working you don’t need to change it to 19… They probably only changed the version number.

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    1. kWong

      Office 365 on the market very long time. When you install Office 365 on Windows 10, will automatic upgrade to Office 2019. If you Office 365 batch file to activate, it will become Office 365 base Office 2019 version. That meant you still have future Office version and new feature Upgrade.

      But if you use Office 2019 batch file to activate, it will become office 2019, won’t upgrade to future Office version.

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  6. Max

    Thanks a lot it worked perfectly for me.

    Few questions :

    – Will I have to re activate after 180 days?
    – Can I install the updates? I assume yes but I want to be sure.

    Reply
    1. kWong

      Activate will automatic renew back to 180 days every seventh day when you online. Update just like buy retail version from Microsoft.

      Reply
  7. judy

    Oh my goodness. I have been looking for ways to reactivate my office 365 for like months already (I gave up when other blogs disappointed me) but your blog is a lifesaver… Super thank you… I’m not really a technology-oriented person so I am really thankful that I stumbled on your article/blog. Thank you again.

    Reply
  8. Erika

    IT WORKED!! I’ve been really looking for an activation code for days! Thanks for this!! Btw, how long will this be? Is this permanent? Is it safe tho? Thanks

    Reply
  9. van

    THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS. IT WORKS.

    Didnt work at first cause what i have pre installed is microsoft office 360 only. i uninstalled and reinstalled office 360 proplus, and it worked! thanks so much

    Reply
  10. Wafa Alongan

    Good Day!
    I was so problematic on how to purchase/renew the license of my free trial of Microsoft Office 360 and thanks i G*d i follow your steps and it worked out. Thank you sooo much.

    Reply
  11. Blinkz

    #Project: Activating Microsoft software products for FREE without software
    ============================================================================

    #Supported products: Office 365 ProPlus (x86-x64)

    ============================================================================
    Activating your Office…
    ============================================================================

    The connection to my KMS server failed! Trying to connect to another one…
    Please wait…

    ============================================================================

    The connection to my KMS server failed! Trying to connect to another one…
    Please wait…

    ============================================================================

    The connection to my KMS server failed! Trying to connect to another one…
    Please wait…

    ============================================================================
    Sorry! Your version is not supported.
    Please try installing the latest version here: bit.ly/odt2k16

    Reply
  12. Blinkz

    My 0ffice 365 Pro Plus did not activate.
    I followed the steps outlined.
    what could be the issue? please help.

    Reply
    1. Kai Lin

      Hi kWong, i have the same isse as Blinkz . Does it make a difference if i am on office 365 and not Pro Plus?

      Reply
  13. delc

    when i try to activate my office365 proplus
    office 2016 is getting activated
    how to get rid of this?
    i have removed/uninstalled all the previous versions of my office and freshly installed office365 proplus
    but still im facing this problem

    Reply
    1. kWong

      When you install Office 365, it will also updrade to office 2016 or office 2019 (for windows 10), so using office 365 batch to activate, office will activate office 2016. Just because office 365 is the only version can updrade to office 2016 , office 2019 , or future Office version.

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      1. Ashal Naveen

        Then how to overcome and resolve the problem. ??
        Suggest me
        I want to activate only office 365 pro plus but not
        Office 2016

        Reply
        1. kWong

          why you want to do this way? Office 365 by default is automatic update and upgrade. That is the reason whey you install Office 365 will become Office 2016 or Office 2019 (windows 10). After complete install, It shown up Office 2016 because Office 365 is in the market for very long time. The retail version of Office 365 will also upgrade to Office 2016 and Office 2019 according your Windows version. If you can use Office 365 batch file activated the Office 2016, that is Office 365 base Office 2016 can have future feature update. But if you Office 2016 batch file to activated, It will become Office 2016, won’t get any new feature update anymore.

          If you only Office 365, before you install Office 365, disconnect internet. After Installation, change Office 365 update setting to stop update forever. And reconnect internet, run Office 365 batch file with admin right to activated.

          Office 365 without any update or upgrade, pay monthly or yearly customer, no one interest to use it. Can’t update or upgrade , better install stand alone Office 2016 instead.

          Reply
  14. Brian Gimao

    Why I cannot get the new 2019 Office 365 UI?! At first I got the new UI, but now I have to deal with the previous UI! Is there any way to force the new 2019 Office 365 UI?

    Reply
    1. Brian Gimao

      Or I meant to say, Office 365 is continuously reverting to Office 2016! Is there any way to force back Office 365?

      Reply
      1. kWong

        Only windows 10 can run Office 2019. Up to windows 8.1 only can upgrade to Office 2016.

        If you use Office 365 batch file to activated, you still have new features add in coming future.

        Can upgrade to future Office version is the selling point of Office 365. If you want to go back to Office 365, it is no point to install Office 365.

        Reply