Remotely Activate Microsoft Office

Oh, man! I have a bunch of Office 2010 installations that are showing as “not activated” and my help desk queue is building exponentially. This is going to be a horrible d…WAIT! I am SMART and use SCCM for all comprehensive distributions!

I am going to do something different, here. I am going to give you the scripts and switches to run and leave it up to you to determine the best way to deploy this to end-user workstations that are showing this problem. Bonus points if you can figure out a way to determine who has a copy of Office 2010 that is not activated.

In order to input the Office 2010 key, run (starting in “c:\program files\microsoft office\office14” [or “program files (x86)” for 32-bit installs on a 64-bit OS]):

cscript ospp.vbs /inpkey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

Then, to activate:

cscript ospp.vbs /act