Office for mac activation

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by sammy.d, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. sammy.d macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2010
    I am wondering how the activation of microsoft office for mac works. What actually happens during the activation process? I enter the product key and it sends that off to microsoft to check if its legal... then what else does it check?

    How does it stop me from entering that product key on my other mac?

    What happens if my mac dies and I have to install it on a new macbook, am I supposed to deactivate the license for my first computer?

  2. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    When you activate office 2011, the product key information is sent to Microsoft together with a hardware hash. The hardware hash is a non-unique number that is generated by using the computer's hardware configuration. The hardware hash does not represent any personal information or information about the product. The hardware hash cannot be used to determine the make or the model of the computer. Additionally, the hardware hash cannot be backward-calculated to determine the raw computer information. In addition to standard computer information, some additional language settings are collected. This information is not used to identify you. The information is used only to confirm that you have a licensed copy of the product, and to aggregate the information for statistical analysis.

    The above paragraph is from a Microsoft FAQ on activation.

    The licence that I have allows you to install Office on a desktop Mac and a Portable Mac, providing that you own and control both machines. You would need to look at the terms of your own software licence as their are differences depending on which version you have purchased.

    You can reinstall Office as many times as you like on the same machine. Microsoft also allows a limited number of activations on new machines, as it understands that people do upgrade their hardware. Microsoft does not publish exactly how they track this, but most companies look at how often and the length of time between activations, before it blocks the serial key from being installed on a new machine. At this point you would need to contact Microsoft.

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