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

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. The new installation includes a 30-day free trial license by default. 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.

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. 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 servers 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

Step 1.1: 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.

open cmd as admin
open cmd as admin

Step 1.2: 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
Open your Office folder
Open your Office folder

Step 1.3: 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"
Convert Office license
Convert Office license

Step 1.4: 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:e8.us.to
cscript ospp.vbs /setprt:1688
cscript 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.

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:e8.us.to
 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>
Activate Office using KMS key manually
Activate Office using KMS key manually

2. Using batch script

This one is not recommended anymore due to the new update of Microsoft.

Step 2.1: 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 additional 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&set i=1&cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /inpkey:XQNVK-8JYDB-WJ9W3-YJ8YR-WFG99 >nul||cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /inpkey:NMMKJ-6RK4F-KMJVX-8D9MJ-6MWKP >nul||goto notsupported
:skms
if %i% GTR 10 goto busy
if %i% EQU 1 set KMS=kms7.MSGuides.com
if %i% EQU 2 set KMS=e8.us.to
if %i% EQU 3 set KMS=e9.us.to
if %i% GTR 3 goto ato
cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /sethst:%KMS% >nul
:ato
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 [email protected] 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 24/7!&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 skms)
explorer "http://MSGuides.com"&goto halt
:notsupported
echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo Sorry, your version is not supported.&echo.&goto halt
:busy
echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo Sorry, the server is busy and can't respond to your request. Please try again.&echo.
:halt
pause >nul
Create a new text file
create a new text file

Step 2.2: 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 2.3: 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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  1. My current subscription already expired, and MS Office 365 has been deceived.

    I have followed both ways, all NOT working …

    Any suggestion guys? like I have to sign out from my current account then follow the steps again?

    Thank you!

  2. I get error like this for the second command…

    PS 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”
    At line:1 char:4
    + for /f %x in (‘dir /b ..\root\Licenses16\proplusvl_kms*.xrm-ms’) do c …
    + ~
    Missing opening ‘(‘ after keyword ‘for’.
    + CategoryInfo : ParserError: (:) [], ParentContainsErrorRecordException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : MissingOpenParenthesisAfterKeyword
    PS C:\program files\microsoft office\office16>

    1. Run CMD as Administrator
      Type the following:

      cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\cscript ospp.vbs /unpkey:6MWKP

  3. Hi, Guang, the Microsoft365 version that is activated by this script is not the real microsoft365. It can get upgrade, but doesn’t have the features available for Microsoft365. To name a few, it can’t do coauthoring as in Excel for Microsoft365, as this is a unique feature for Excel for M365 and Office 2021 (non-LTSC version). Another test you can do is to run function XLOOKUP which is available for Excel for M365 and Office 2021. I’ve tried to remove the key from this script and activate with my paid real M365, all those functions work. Then i tried remove it and activate it with your script, and then all those functions will be blocked. So it’s still a server-side authorization, i guess. Even you can activate with script, you will only get normal Office 2016 pro plus features but not Office 365 Pro Plus. Please check.

  4. shorturl.at/fiE67 <—- Cracked office 2021 with activation keys
    Don't forget to temporarily turn off Windows Defender

    1. Its gonna be different as there are more stuff you need to do for automation and you must know this if you have even a bit of coding experience. there are a lot of arguments like “goto” because the script doesn’t know what to do after something is completed or has failed so “goto” is applied to redirect to a failed page or use alternate method instead but if you are doing it line by line there’s already a lot of things you did manually like you know you need to run the next script while the terminal doesn’t that it needs to run another script. Its better to be silent if you don’t know what are you doing and this habit has caused you a lot of problems.

      -Future you

    2. Listen past, don’t use caps everywhere you will have troubles getting jobs.
      You don’t need to believe me but if you do your future’s gonna be a lot better…

  5. hi, I followed this tutorial to get word and I have a problem. for a few days I have disappeared tools like “3D modeling” and “icons” in illustrations, do you have any idea why? Thanks in advance

  6. Hi there!!

    Thanks a lot to you. I like your posts and it´s easy to understand all the steps. Only I´ve one question, is this office 365 after all this steps able to be updated?

    Thanks!!

  7. HELP! ACTIVATION OFFICE365.CMD DOES NOT WORK, WHAT CAN I DO, PLEASE? After a few minutes trying says “Sorry, the server is busy and can’t respond to your request. Please try again.”

  8. Hai Guang,
    before i try this step fully work 100%, but now i’m trying in another office with same version windows and office 365 PRO, why the connection to KMS Server Failed. already have many times trying to connect to another server but still refused.
    please help maybe you have a solution about this case.
    Many thanks

  9. Not working on latest office 365. how to activate as 365 pro plus?
    Need powerpoint design ideas feature to be activated…. it only activates office 2021 which is no use…… need office 365 proplus

  10. few tries did not work really ON THE LAST PART (On the act command) but i thought the ISP was the causing issues so i tried using a VPN and guess what ? It Worked. Try it again with a VPN. Cheers.

  11. Спасибо за совет!! Указанные действия помогли активировать “офис360”!! С уважением!