How to Activate Microsoft Office 2019 with KMS Key
Microsoft Office 2019 is the latest version of the popular productivity suite that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more. Office 2019 is available in two editions: retail and volume. Retail edition is for home and small business users who purchase a single license for each device. Volume edition is for large organizations that purchase multiple licenses and use a Key Management Service (KMS) or Active Directory-based activation to activate Office on their devices.
In this article, we will show you how to activate Microsoft Office 2019 with a KMS key, which is a generic volume license key that is preinstalled on all volume editions of Office 2019. We will also explain what are the benefits and limitations of using KMS activation, and how to troubleshoot common issues.
What is KMS Activation?
KMS activation is a method of activating Microsoft products that use a KMS host computer to activate other computers over the network. KMS activation requires at least one KMS host computer that has a valid KMS key installed and activated, and at least five KMS clients that have a Generic Volume License Key (GVLK) preinstalled. The KMS host computer periodically communicates with Microsoft servers to renew its activation and receive new activation counts. The KMS clients contact the KMS host computer every seven days to renew their activation.
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KMS activation has some advantages over other methods of activation, such as:
It does not require individual product keys for each device.
It does not require internet access for each device.
It allows centralized management and monitoring of activation status.
It supports offline activation for up to 180 days.
KMS activation also has some limitations, such as:
It requires a minimum number of devices to activate (five for Office).
It requires a dedicated KMS host computer that is always online and reachable by the KMS clients.
It does not support retail editions of Office.
It does not support permanent activation and requires periodic renewal.
How to Activate Office 2019 with KMS Key?
To activate Office 2019 with a KMS key, you need to have a KMS host computer that has a valid KMS key for Office 2019 installed and activated, and a KMS client computer that has Office 2019 volume edition installed with a GVLK. You can find the GVLK for Office 2019 here. You can also use the same KMS key to activate previous versions of Office, such as Office 2016 or Office 2013.
To activate the KMS host computer, you need to do the following:
Download the Office 2019 Volume License Pack from here and install it on the KMS host computer.
Open an elevated command prompt and run cscript slmgr.vbs /ipk <KMS key>, where <KMS key> is your KMS key for Office 2019. This will install the KMS key on the KMS host computer.
Run cscript slmgr.vbs /ato to activate the KMS key online or by phone. This will register the KMS host computer with Microsoft servers and receive an activation count.
To activate the KMS client computer, you need to do the following:
Open an elevated command prompt and go to the Program Files\\\\Microsoft Office\\\\Office16 folder. If you installed the 32-bit version of Office on a 64-bit operating system, go to the Program Files (x86)\\\\Microsoft Office\\\\Office16 folder.
Run cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:<KMS host name>, where <KMS host name> is the name or IP address of your KMS host computer. This will configure the KMS client to use your KMS host computer for activation.
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