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

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.



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

  1. HEMAL JOSHI

    hey I has licence to office 365 as student account but when I download and install 365 then it will download but when I open any office app it shows you are not licenced how to solve it

    Reply
  2. Monish Raja

    Thank you so much. I installed Office 365 using the steps you gave. It is working perfectly. Finally got a legit install.

    Reply
  3. Silver.F

    I tried different versions of this method but it appears it won’t work! can someone help please?
    it keeps showing “Sorry! Your version is not supported. Please try installing the latest version here: bit.ly/odt2k16”
    does it mean I can’t activate it this way?

    Reply
        1. kWong

          activation must run by admin ID right without restriction and connect internet at the same time.

          Firewall setting : allow 1688 port

          If still fail, top community click in

          create a post with detail and picture support your detail.

          Mr Guang or others will help you to solve your problem.

          Reply
  4. Majid Hussain

    i install and try to c***k office 365 using your described method but when i check office detail it was office 2016 not office 365.

    Reply
    1. kWong

      Office 365 in the market very long time. Microsoft save user time, upgrade to office 2016 when finish installation.

      It become Office 365 base, Office 2016 version. It still can keep on upgrade to Office 2019 or other future Office version.( Windows 10 only). And also can have future feature upgrade as well.

      Must use Office 365 batch file to activate.

      Reply
  5. k

    HI, as far as you know can 2019 professional plus be installed overtop of 365 (2016). My new Pc came with this version installed. I donwload and installed 2019, but it does not appear to have updated… just changed a few detailes in the way it looks. I can’t get KMS auto to work or any script.
    Please help. S***s getting a new pc and having to reset absolutely everything.

    Reply
    1. kWong

      No, Office 365 can update to Office 2016 and Office 2019 and future Office version update.

      But don’t install stand alone Office 2019 beside Office 365. It will stop all update.

      Control panel, uninstall Office 2019.

      Restart PC.

      If you use Windows 10, it will update through Office 365 to office 2019. It will become Office 365 base Office 2019 version. Then you still have upgrade of future Office version and new features as well.

      Reply
  6. Aloke

    I tried following the Instructions as suggested. The following happens after “Run as administrator”Please suggest.

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

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

    The system cannot find the path specified.
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    ============================================================================
    Activating your Office…
    ============================================================================
    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
    1. kWong

      Where do you install Office 365? (location?)

      Admin ID must without restriction, create a new one, without changing setting, connect internet and retry .

      Reply
  7. jerrythewhat

    The text you provided for the batch file does not work. However, I did manage to find a batch file that does work. bit.ly/office365txt The only reason this one works is because the KMS Servers are correct.

    Reply
  8. jerrythewhat

    When I try to run the batch I get
    ‘amp’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    ‘gt’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    What did I do wrong?

    Reply
          1. jerrythewhat

            Basically, you need to use another batch file that’ll work. When you look at the text of the batch file and see where it says the KMS server, make sure it’s from MSGuides and not something else because if it’s some other server, most likely that server is permanently down and thus will report back as the product not being supported. I don’t know if I’m allowed to post the links here, but you can look up some Youtube videos on how to activate Office 365 and they’ll have links to the batch file, either in the video or in the video description (make sure it’s not one of those adfly survey things because they have popups and viruses and not the batch file you’re looking for). I know there’s one video where the guy shows you how to actually make a Office 365 Business account to start a trial of Office 365 (which you’ll later activate permanently). I also found that video to be the only way to activate Office 365 and not just Office 2016 ProPlus.

  9. Fan

    您好,我不知道为什么,安装了365专业增强版,1904版本的,但是打开ppt的时候,没有显示365字样,里面也没有设计灵感,没有平滑效果。我安装了你的激活程序后显示变为了【专业增强版2016】,请问大神能解决吗?

    Hello, I do not know why, installed 365 professional enhanced version, 1904 version, but when I open the PPT, it doesn’t display [365] words, there is no design inspiration, no smooth effect. I installed your activation program and the display changed to Professional Enhancement 2016. Can Big G*d solve this problem?

    Reply
    1. kWong

      Windows 8.1 or under, when install office 365 will automatic update to Office 2016. It is Office 365 base Office 2016 Version. It still have future office feature update.

      Google: Where are the menus and toolbars? power point – office support

      Learn the right way use power point.

      Enjoy

      Reply
  10. shan

    Hi I tried with the batch and it was failed to activate,after I opened excel I got the below message.First time I am getting this.It was office 365 before batch run not it changed to office professional plus.please help me to activate this
    I emailed the screenshot

    Reply
    1. kWong

      ON top, Community, click in.

      Create a post with detail and screenshot.

      Mr Guang or others will help you solve your problem.

      Reply
  11. Josh

    After i run the batch file with admin rights, the cmd prompt only appears for 1sec then disappears?
    Any help?

    Reply
    1. Josh

      Nevermind, i have looked at your office 2016 post and used that batch instead.
      It seems like it worked, thanks a lot!

      Reply
    1. kWong

      Don’t have more than a copy of same office version in your PC. Otherwise, only the haven’t activate version of office version will POP UP.

      Reply
      1. Sairam

        I have only the 365 and also it doesn’t upgrades to office 2019. Can you please show it as a video how to upgrade office 365 base 2016 to office 365 base 2019?
        Thanks in Advance.
        Regards,
        Sairam.

        Reply
        1. kWong

          Office 365 must not install part of it .

          Otherwise, will affect upgrade to other Office version.

          Top click Community, create a question detail with picture.

          Mr. Guang or others will help you to solve your problem.

          Reply
  12. VRdP

    Hello Guang!
    Thanks a lot for the instructions, very useful.
    Just a comment: I installed current latest verstion (Build 1904) and activated following your tutorial. It worked OK, but when I go to “Account” it says it is activated, but instead of Office 365 Pro Plus, it says “Office 2016 Pro”, do you know why that happens?

    Reply
    1. kWong

      1. you use windows 8.1 or under.

      2, most newest update of office 365 should already auto upgrade to Office 2016 PRO, this is retail office 365 selling point.

      3, that is Office 365 base Office 2016 Pro version. It still have future office feature upgrade.

      4. If you use windows 10, most newest update of Office 365 should already auto upgrade to Office 2019 Pro and will keep on update to future Office version.

      Reply
  13. Catx

    hei,

    I tried this method but it doesn’t work. It opens a window saying do you want to allow this app (windows command processor) to make changes to your device? I say yes. And it kicks me off. How can I solve this? Can you help me?

    Reply
    1. kWong

      Top click in community create a question with detail and picture to support it

      Mr Guang or others will help you to solve your problem

      Reply
  14. Agent

    Before activating, it shows MS Office 365, but after the activation it shows MS Office 2016.
    Please tell me, has my Office 365 changed to Office 2016?
    Please reply.

    Reply
    1. kWong

      If you use office 365 batch file to activate, it will become office 365 base office 2016 version.

      If you upgrade windows to windows 10, it will upgrade to office 2019 or future office program.

      But if you us office 2016 batch file to activate, it will become stand alone office 2016. Even you change to use windows 10, it will not upgrade to office 2019 anymore.

      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.

          Reply
  15. Kevin

    i have this issue

    “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/getmsps”

    Reply
        1. kWong

          Command Prompt only work with Admin ID right without restriction online.

          If you get same problem, create a new admin id, without change any setting, online activate again.

          Reply
  16. Stanislav

    Hi! I wanna ask something. It says it worked out but I can’t use PowerPoint when I open it. Can you tell me why?

    Reply
    1. kWong

      Where your Office 365 download from?

      I can’t work out why you cannot use Power Point?

      When you click open Power Point, any error pop up?

      Reply
  17. Pedro Satruno

    I followed the steps, and it d**n says “product activation successful” however when I go to word, and punch in the account tab it says product activation required? Did the product really activated?
    Cheers

    Reply
    1. kWong

      I bet you have more than One copy of Office program in your PC or Laptop.

      If that is the reason, only the haven’t activate Office program will pop up.

      Control panel, uninstall other Office program , left just one copy of Office 365. Open Word , check again.

      Reply
  18. Musashi

    Hi, I’ve followed all the steps mentioned, running the batch file as admin, and so on. But I couldn’t get past the #Supported products: Office 365 ProPlus . It just stays like that and nothing’s happening even after many minutes.

    Reply
    1. kWong

      Admin ID right must without restriction.

      Create a new admin ID, without change any setting, try activate again online.

      Reply
      1. Musashi

        Do you mean creating a new user account with admin privilege and login from there? I have tried logging in as administrator and run the batch file there and I am online. But still same result, no connecting, no success, no fail, no nothing. Only a blinking white dash under the #Supported products. I am at a loss here as I don’t see anybody having the same problem as me.

        Reply
  19. Shane Dean

    Hey just wondering if I sign in to office with my ID after activating it. Great if you could confirm it. Thanks!

    Reply
        1. kWong

          Update or Upgrade from Microsoft .

          KMS activaition method is legal to use.

          Activation will automatic renew to 180 days every seventh day when you online.

          Reply
    1. kWong

      If you like to use Microsoft Team service, only can buy retail Office 365 Business Premium.

      KMS Service not support Microsoft Team service.

      Reply