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The process of transferring a Microsoft Office license/subscription from one computer to the next is very simple. Note that not all Office licences are transferable. This tutorial will walk you through the steps of transferring Microsoft Office licences to Windows and Mac computers.
To learn more about Microsoft Office licensing, you should first read the section below. The next sections will cover how to verify Office license types, and to transfer licenses onto a new device.
You can choose from different Microsoft Office licenses. There are many different types of Microsoft Office licenses. Each one has its own apps, services and features. We’ll take a closer look at popular Microsoft Office licenses:
It can be used on only one computer. A retail license cannot be transferred to another computer without first being deactivated on the original device. You can purchase retail licenses online or in-store using different versions: Electronic Software Download, Home Use Programs (HUP), Electronic Software Download(ESD), Point of Sale Activation Activation (POSA) and Product Key Card.
Transferring licenses to another device is not possible for “Retail” and “Full Products Pack (FFP). Your Office version as well your operating system will determine the steps required to verify your Office license.
You can use the following versions of Office Products (Word or Excel). To verify the license type of these Office products (Word, Excel etc. ), please follow the steps:
You can type on 64-bit computers cd c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\ Press the button and go to terminal Enter.
You are unsure of the processor architecture on your computer? Our tutorial will help you Check whether you have a 64-bit or 32-bit processor on your computer.
Follow the below steps to open Command Prompt and grant administrative rights.
If The 64-bit version of Office 2013 was installed on the PC, cd c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\ Use the press Enter.
For those who have a “RETAIL”, or “FFP”, license, you can proceed to the next section for instructions on how to move your Office copy to another computer.
You can also identify the type of license for Office 2013 products by looking at its ISO or DVD install file.
After inserting the DVD to your PC, launch File Explorer. Navigate to the ISO or DVD file. A volume license (VL), is a product that has an “Admin” folder. Microsoft Office Retail Editions do not have an “Admin” folder.
Follow the below steps to verify the license details of the Office Product on your Mac or Desktop.
You can’t use the retail license simultaneously on more than one device. Uninstalling Office allows you to use the product on another computer.
It doesn’t matter if your older computer has died or is broken. You can still install Office on the new PC. You can instead install Office on a new computer, and then activate the product with the same key.
You should have your 25-character product number handy. The product license key can be found on the CD’s packaging, or in the email receipt.
The license is removed from the device by uninstalling Office products. Below are three ways you can uninstall Office products from Windows devices.
If you have installed Office using an ISO, DVD or Microsoft Installer, then it is ideal to remove Office from Windows Control Panel.
You can remove Office apps from Microsoft Stores by following the below steps.
Microsoft provides an official Microsoft Tool that automatically deletes Office applications from Windows computers. You can download and install this tool here Microsoft’s website Then wait for it downloads the required setup files.
This tool detects every Office product installed on your computer automatically. Choose the product that you wish to delete and click “Remove” Next Continue readin.
Confirm you have saved your work, and that all Office applications are closed. Please select Next To begin the uninstallatio.
Go to Finder > Applications, Move to Trash.
AnOffice 365 Subscription You can install Office on up to five different devices at once. You must remove one of the devices from your license to be able to install Office products on another computer.
To remotely remove a device that is part of your Microsoft Office 365 subscription, follow the below steps.
The license transfer process is only half complete if you have not uninstalled Office from your device. Next, you will need to install Microsoft Office onto the new machine. When setting up Microsoft Office on the new computer, enter the license key from the previous machine. Ensure that your computer has internet access during activation.
Microsoft can sometimes take up to 72 hours to remove the license link from an old device. If your license is not working on the new computer after 72 hour, Contact Microsoft Support Or refer to our Tutorial on how to fix Office licensing problems.