How to activate Office 2010/2013 for FREE using KMS license key

As you know, I am working on a project that supports people to activate their Microsoft software products using KMS license key. Many of you guys might be wondering why I only write guideline about the latest version of Office 2016 or Office 365. Is it possible to activate the older versions for FREE? The answer is YES, this is very possible but there is a problem need to discuss with you in greater detail below.

Difference between Retail and Volume version

If you are using Office retail, you can not use KMS method because it only supports volume version. However, in fact, it’s so much easier to use KMS license now because users could convert retail version to volume using a license files library bundled with setup file since Office 2016. But it is unfortunate that this library is not available in earlier versions (including Office 2013/2010).

2 methods to activate your Office using KMS client setup key

1. The first method: Without using any additional library

How-to video

Supported products: Office 2013/2010 Volume editions.

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.

Step 1.1: Detect location of the Office installed on your PC.
The path depends on the architecture of the Windows OS you are using. If you are not sure what it is, don’t worry, just run all commands below.

if exist "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office15\ospp.vbs" set folder="%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office15"
if exist "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office15\ospp.vbs" set folder="%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office15"
if exist "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office14\ospp.vbs" set folder="%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office14"
if exist "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office14\ospp.vbs" set folder="%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office14"
Open Office folder
Open Office folder

Step 1.2: Activate your Office using KMS client key.
Make sure your PC is connected to the internet, then run the following command.

cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /inpkey:VYBBJ-TRJPB-QFQRF-QFT4D-H3GVB
cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /inpkey:YC7DK-G2NP3-2QQC3-J6H88-GVGXT
cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /sethst:kms8.msguides.com
cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /setprt:1688
cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /act

If you see the error 0xC004F074, it means that your internet connection is unstable or the server is busy. Please make sure your device is online and try the command “act” again until you succeed.

Product activation successful
Product activation successful

2. The second method: Using an additional library extracted from installation folder of Office Volume

Supported products: All Office 2013/2010 editions.

Step 2.1: Download the license files library then extract it. Move the library folder to the C drive.

Office additional library
Office additional library

Step 2.2: Follow first step of the method 1 above.

Step 2.3: Convert your retail license to volume one.

Install Office voulme licenses
Install Office voulme licenses
cd /d c:\library
for /f %x in ('dir /b *') do cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /inslic:%x

Step 2.4: Follow the second step of method 1 above.

Finally, check activation status again.

Office is activated successfully
Office is activated successfully

More information:

  • Here is the virustotal result of the library: Office 2010 lib | Office 2013 lib
  • Using the library makes many of you guys feel uncomfortable, I know. This is the reason why I did not want to write about Office 2010 and 2013. If you do not like using the additional library, please use Office 2010/2013 volume or upgrade to a newer version.

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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235 Comments

  1. ERROR CODE: 0x80070005
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: Run the following: cscript ospp.vbs /ddescr:0x80070005
    it say just like this please support me

  2. Both 1 and 2 followed to the T
    Alas

    —————————————
    Installed product key detected – attempting to activate the following product:
    SKU ID: 6f327760-8c5c-417c-9b61-836a98287e0c
    LICENSE NAME: Office 14, OfficeProPlus-KMS_Client edition
    LICENSE DESCRIPTION: Office 14, VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel
    Last 5 characters of installed product key: H3GVB

    —————————————
    Installed product key detected – attempting to activate the following product:
    SKU ID: 7b7d1f17-fdcb-4820-9789-9bec6e377821
    LICENSE NAME: Office 14, OfficeHomeBusiness-Retail edition
    LICENSE DESCRIPTION: Office 14, RETAIL channel
    Last 5 characters of installed product key: B872P
    ERROR CODE: 0xC004C008
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: The activation server determined that the specified product key could not be used.
    —————————————

  3. When activating Office 2010 Pro Plus, it showed a different installed product key, then failed.

    Installed product key detected – attempting to activate the following product:
    SKU ID: 71af7e84-93e6-4363-9b69-699e04e74071
    LICENSE NAME: Office 14, OfficeProPlus-Retail edition
    LICENSE DESCRIPTION: Office 14, RETAIL channel
    Last 5 characters of installed product key: 28CCY
    ERROR CODE: 0xC004C003
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: The activation server determined the specified product key has been blocked.
    —————————————
    —————————————
    —Exiting—————————–

    1. Similar problem here
      I inserted my legally bought key when I tried to activate Office, after a fresh install.
      That didn’t work (MS does not validate this key anymore), so I tried the script (1.1 and 1.2)

      Installed product key detected – attempting to activate the following product:
      SKU ID:
      LICENSE NAME: Office 14, OfficeHomeBusiness-Retail edition
      LICENSE DESCRIPTION: Office 14, RETAIL channel
      Last 5 characters of installed product key:
      ERROR CODE: 0xC004C008
      ERROR DESCRIPTION: The activation server determined that the specified product key could not be used.

  4. When I run the CMD script I get the message: The connection to my KMS server failed! Trying to connect to another one…
    Please wait…

    How do I resolve?

  5. Hi , I have activated MS Office Professional Plus 2013 With Your Trick But From Yesterday All The Office Apps Stopped Working . No Apps In Office Is Opening . I Have Re-Ran The Setup And Repaired The Office But Of No Use.Please Guide Me Urgently

  6. cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /inpkey:VYBBJ-TRJPB-QFQRF-QFT4D-H3GVB cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /inpkey:YC7DK-G2NP3-2QQC3-J6H88-GVGXT cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /sethst:s8.uk.to cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /setprt:1688 cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /act copied pasted this commancd as it is. Its showing Unsupported command passed. Earlier this kms method worked on myu MS Office but suddenly one day Word again started saying that I need to acticate. So I tried again KMS but not working I tried Reinstalling office and then KMS but still not working

    1. I found solution from older comments of user SRINIWAS PRASAD.
      enter the command like this================
      cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /inpkey:VYBBJ-TRJPB-QFQRF-QFT4D-H3GVB
      cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /inpkey:YC7DK-G2NP3-2QQC3-J6H88-GVGXT
      cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /sethst:kms8.msguides.com
      cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /setprt:1688
      cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /act

      the last line would not execute itself so just press enter .

    2. I found solution from older comments of user SRINIWAS PRASAD.

      just edit the command in notepad and make every cscript in new line.
      It will work.

      the last line would not execute itself so just press enter .

  7. cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /inpkey:VYBBJ-TRJPB-QFQRF-QFT4D-H3GVB cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /inpkey:YC7DK-G2NP3-2QQC3-J6H88-GVGXT cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /sethst:s8.uk.to cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /setprt:1688 cscript %folder%\ospp.vbs /act

  8. Hi,
    this is not working… can someone pls help.
    ERROR CODE: 0xC004F074
    ERROR DESCRIPTION: 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.
    To view the activation event history run: cscript ospp.vbs /dhistorykms

  9. Error: “ospp.vbs Unsuported command passed”
    The ospp.vbs don’t support this command. Have any options?

  10. Erro: “ospp.vbs Unsuported command passed”
    Ou seja, o ospp.vbs não suporta o comando. Há outra alternativa ?