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How to Activate Your Microsoft Software at UVA

Microsoft Software Activation Instructions

Some Microsoft products — Windows, Windows Server, and Office for Windows — require an online activation. UVA provides an online Key Management Service (KMS) that performs that activation.

KMS activated software needs to periodically make contact with the KMS server to remain active — at least every 180 days (this happens automatically for computers connected to the UVA network).

The KMS activation process is only intended for software downloaded through the Microsoft Campus/Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) Agreement for University-owned computers. (Learn more about UVA Microsoft activation processes, including what KMS does not activate, software reactivation, and grace periods.)

Activation Instructions

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How to Activate Your Windows Operating System

Windows 8/10 and Server 2012 Activation

  1. Connect your computer to the UVA network (if on Grounds, via a wired or wireless connection to the UVA network; if remotely, via the UVA Anywhere VPN).
  2. Verify your computer has the correct date, time, and time zone (Eastern).
  3. On Windows 8/Server 2012, move the mouse to the top right corner of the screen. A vertical toolbar appears, the Charms bar. Click on the magnifying glass icon, which is Search. On Windows 10, click into the Search bar on the Start bar.
  4. Type cmd.
  5. When the Command Prompt icon appears, right-click on it.
  6. A horizontal toolbar appears. Click on Run as administrator.
  7. Click the Yes button on the dialog window that appears.
    • The path (e.g., C:\Windows\system32) should contain the word “Windows” and not “Users”. If it contains “Users”, close the window and repeat the two previous steps, being sure to open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  8. Copy and paste (or type) the command slmgr.vbs /skms skms.eservices.virginia.edu and press the Enter key.
    • Either “Key Management Service machine name set to skms.eservices.virginia.edu successfully” or an error message will be returned.
    • If not successful, ensure you typed the command correctly. There is a space between slmgr.vbs and /skms and between /skms and skms.eservices.virginia.edu
  9. Copy and paste (or type) the command slmgr.vbs /ato and press the Enter key.
  10. Either “Product activated successfully” or an error message will be returned. If you receive an error, contact the UVA Help Desk.
  11. Exit the Command Prompt window by typing exit followed by pressing the Enter key.
  12. If you are at the Start screen, which is covered with tiles, click on the Desktop tile.
  13. In Desktop mode, which looks similar to Windows 7, move the mouse to the right corner of the screen. A vertical toolbar appears, the Charms bar. Click on the gear icon, which is Settings.
  14. Click on PC info and look to see what appears in this area.
  15. You should see “Windows is activated.” If you see “Product Activation Required” instead, contact the UVA Help Desk for assistance.

Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Activation

  1. Connect your computer to the UVA network (if on Grounds, via a wired or wireless connection to the UVA network; if remotely, via the UVA Anywhere VPN).
  2. Verify your computer has the correct date, time, and time zone (Eastern).
  3. Navigate to Start, then All Programs, then Accessories.
  4. Right-click on the Command Prompt icon and click Run as administrator.
  5. Click the Continue or Yes button on the dialog window that appears.
    • The path (e.g., C:\Windows\system32) should contain the word “Windows” and not “Users”. If it contains “Users”, close the window and repeat the two previous steps, being sure to open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  6. Copy and paste (or type) the command slmgr.vbs /skms skms.eservices.virginia.edu and press the Enter key.
    • Either “Key Management Service machine name set to skms.eservices.virginia.edu successfully” or an error message will be returned.
    • If not successful, ensure you typed the command correctly. There is a space between slmgr.vbs and /skms and between /skms and skms.eservices.virginia.edu
  7. Copy and paste (or type) the command slmgr.vbs /ato and press the Enter key.
  8. Either “Product activated successfully” or an error message will be returned. If you receive an error, contact the UVA Help Desk.
  9. Exit the command prompt window by typing exit followed by pressing the Enter key.
  10. Click the Start button.
  11. Right-click on Computer and click Properties. Under Windows activation:
  12. You should see “Windows is activated.” If you see “Product Activation Required” instead, contact the UVA Help Desk for assistance.

How to Activate Your Microsoft Office

Office on a Windows 8/10 Computer

  1. Connect your computer to the UVA network (if on Grounds, via a wired or wireless connection to the UVA network; if remotely, via the UVA Anywhere VPN).
  2. Verify your computer has the correct date, time, and time zone (Eastern).
  3. On Windows 8, move the mouse to the top right corner of the screen. A vertical toolbar appears, the Charms bar. Click on the magnifying glass icon, which is Search. On Windows 10, click into the Search bar on the Start bar.
  4. Using Search, determine the version (32-bit or 64-bit) of both the Microsoft Office software and the Windows operating system software installed on your computer:
    • For Office: Launch an Office application such as Microsoft Word by typing Word, and when the Word icon appears, click on it. Then click on the blank document icon to launch the program. Navigate to File, then Account. Click on the About Word icon to see the version listed at the top at the end of the first line of text in the dialogue box. Exit the application.
    • For Windows: If you are using Windows 8, open the Charms bar, click on the magnifying glass icon, and type computer. If you are using Windows 10, click into the Search bar on the Start bar and type computer. When the Computer icon or This PC icon appears, right-click on it, and when the horizontal toolbar appears, click Properties. The operating system version will be listed on the right under “System.” Close this window.
  5. On Windows 8, move the mouse to the top right corner of the screen. A vertical toolbar appears, the Charms bar. Click on the magnifying glass icon, which is Search. On Windows 10, click into the Search bar on the Start bar.
  6. Type cmd.
  7. When the Command Prompt icon appears, right-click on it.
  8. When the horizontal toolbar appears, click Run as administrator.
  9. Click the Yes button on the dialog window that appears.
    • The path (e.g., C:\Windows\system32) should contain the word “Windows” and not “Users”. If it contains “Users”, close the window and repeat the two previous steps, being sure to open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  10. Copy and paste (or type) the command from the table below that corresponds to your version of Office and Windows (as determined in Step 4 above):
    Microsoft Office Office Version Windows Version Use This Command...
    2016 32-bit 32-bit cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16
    32-bit 64-bit cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16
    64-bit 64-bit cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16
    2013 32-bit 32-bit cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
    32-bit 64-bit cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15
    64-bit 64-bit cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
    2010 32-bit 32-bit cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
    32-bit 64-bit cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14
    64-bit 64-bit cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
    Note: The command line must be typed on one line. If you are viewing this webpage on your smartphone or mobile device, the command may wrap and appear to display with a line break.
  11. Copy and paste (or type) cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:okms.eservices.virginia.edu and press the Enter key.
    • Either “Successfully applied setting” or an error message will be returned.
    • If not successful, ensure you typed the command correctly. There is a space between cscript and ospp.vbs and between ospp.vbs and /sethst:okms.eservices.virginia.edu
  12. Next, copy and paste (or type) cscript ospp.vbs /act and press the Enter key.
  13. Either “Product activated successfully” or an error message will be returned. If you receive an error, contact the UVA Help Desk.
  14. Exit the command prompt window by typing exit, then press the Enter key.
  15. Launch an Office application such as Microsoft Word and navigate to File, then Account.
  16. You should see “Product Activated” in this area. If you see “Product Activation Required” instead, contact the UVA Help Desk for assistance.

Office on a Windows 7 Computer

  1. Connect your computer to the UVA network (if on Grounds, via a wired or wireless connection to the UVA network; if remotely, via the UVA Anywhere VPN).
  2. Verify your computer has the correct date, time, and time zone (Eastern).
  3. Determine the version (32-bit or 64-bit) of both the Microsoft Office software and the Windows operating system software installed on your computer:
    • For Office: Launch an application such as Microsoft Word and then navigate to File, then Help. The version will be listed on the right under “About Microsoft Word.”
    • For Windows: Click the Start button, right-click on Computer, and click Properties. The operating system type will be listed on the right under “System.”
  4. Navigate to Start, then All Programs, then Accessories.
  5. Right-click on the Command Prompt icon and click Run as administrator.
  6. Click the Continue or Yes button on the dialog window that appears.
    • The path (e.g., C:\Windows\system32) should contain the word “Windows” and not “Users”. If it contains “Users”, close the window and repeat the two previous steps, being sure to open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  7. Copy and paste (or type) the command in the table below that corresponds to your version of Office and Windows (as determined in Step 3 above):
    Microsoft Office Office Version Windows Type Use This Command...
    2016 32-bit 32-bit cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16
    32-bit 64-bit cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16
    64-bit 64-bit cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16
    2013 32-bit 32-bit cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
    32-bit 64-bit cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15
    64-bit 64-bit cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
    2010 32-bit 32-bit cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
    32-bit 64-bit cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14
    64-bit 64-bit cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
    Note: The command line must be typed on one line. If you are viewing this webpage on your smartphone or mobile device, the command may wrap and appear to display with a line break.
  8. Copy and paste (or type) cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:okms.eservices.virginia.edu and press the Enter key.
    • Either “Successfully applied setting” or an error message will be returned.
    • If not successful, ensure you typed the command correctly. There is a space between cscript and ospp.vbs and between ospp.vbs and /sethst:okms.eservices.virginia.edu
  9. Next, copy and paste (or type) cscript ospp.vbs /act and press the Enter key.
  10. Either “Product activated successfully” or an error message will be returned. If you receive an error, contact the UVA Help Desk.
  11. Exit the command prompt window by typing exit and then press the Enter key.
  12. Launch an Office application such as Microsoft Word and navigate to File, then Help.
  13. You should see “Product Activated” in this area. If you see “Product Activation Required” instead, contact the UVA Help Desk for assistance.

About UVA Microsoft Activation Processes

Microsoft Software Not Activated by KMS

The Key Management Service (KMS) performs activation for software downloaded through the Microsoft Campus/Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) Agreement for University-owned computers.

Software purchased through the Microsoft Select Agreement normally requires activation using a Microsoft Activation Key (MAK), which can be obtained by emailing it-swlicense@virginia.edu.

Microsoft Office software on Apple Mac computers does not require KMS activation. The license for this product is built-in to the installer.

To activate, simply run the installation process and then start Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, or Excel. If you receive a pop-up that states "Sign In to Activate Office", simply close this window and do not sign in. The software will activate without further intervention.

Software Reactivation

If your software prompts you to reactivate, it is most likely because your computer was not able to contact the KMS for 180 or more days, possibly because it has not been connected to the UVA network during that time.

To reactivate your Microsoft software automatically, simply reconnect to the UVA network (if on Grounds, via a wired or wireless connection to the UVA network; if off-Grounds or remotely, via the UVA Anywhere VPN).

Activation Grace Period

Software has a grace period after installation before activation is required. The grace period for Microsoft Windows is 3 days and for Microsoft Office, 30 days.

Questions?

Please contact the UVA Help Desk if you have questions or problems activating your software.

  Page Updated: Thursday 2016-12-29 10:46:52 EST