How to install the MSDN/TechNet copy of Microsoft Office 2013 on a Windows Server running Remote Desktop

BACKGROUND For Microsoft Office 2010, the MSDN/TechNet site provided a special key called the “Terminal Service enablement for Office 2010”, to install Microsoft Office 2010 on a Windows Server running Terminal Service: Micorosoft Office 2013 does not require a special key for this enablement, but rather uses the same key as the one used for a…

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Office 2013 installation hangs at "10% – Configuring…" when installing from a network share

The installation of the Office 2013 Click-to-Run version may appear to hang at “10% – Configuring…” when installing from a network share. The Click-to-Run installation uses a service to manage the virtual file system during the intial portion of the setup process (up to 10% in the installation user interface progress screen), and the remainder of the process involves…

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How to manage the Start screen for all Microsoft Office 2013 applications

Overview Unlike earlier versions of Microsoft Office, the Microsoft Office 2013 applications, when started, show a Start screen similar to the following, rather than opening the default blank template:   More Information You can use the Office Customization Tool (OCT) or the Group Policy Management Editor to manage this Start screen.   Office Customization Tool (OCT): Note:…

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Office KMS host setup error "0xC004F050 The software licensing service reported that the product key is invalid"

If you are attempting to set up an Office 2010 or Office 2013 KMS host by using the slmgr.vbs script, the “/ipk” switch, and a valid Office KMS host product key, the following error will occur: Error: 0xC004F050 The software licensing service reported that the product key is invalid Unlike Windows KMS host setup, Office…


How to manage the First Run screens that appear when Microsoft Office 2013 applications are first launched

Overview Microsoft Office 2013 shows the following screens when an application is launched for the first time: More Information Both the Office Customization Tool (OCT) and Group Policy Management Editor provide a way to disable these First Run screens Office Customization Tool (OCT) Note: The OCT can only be used with Windows Installer based source files…

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How to manage the Opt-in or First things first prompt when Microsoft Office 2013 applications are first launched

Overview Like the Office 2010 Welcome screen, Office 2013 shows the following First things first prompt, when a user launches an application for the first time: More Information Administrators can manage this prompt either via the Office Customization Tool or via Group Policy as follows: Office Customization Tool (OCT): Note: The OCT can only be used with…

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How to setup Microsoft Office 2013 KMS Host on Windows Server 2012

Overview: The KMS activation process for Microsoft Office 2013 is the same as what it was for Microsoft Office 2010. However, the interface to setup the KMS host for Microsoft Office 2013 on a Windows Server 2012 has been updated to use the Volume Activation Tools. Prerequisites: Microsoft Office 2013 running on both Windows 7 and…

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How to setup Active Directory-Based Activation Host for Microsoft Office 2013

Overview: Active Directory-Based activation uses your existing Active Directory infrastructure to host activation for Microsoft Office 2013 Volume-Licensed (VL) clients, through their connection to the domain. Prerequisites: Both on the host as well as client side, the Active Directory-Based activation requires either a Windows 8 VL computer or a WindowsServer 2012 computer.  It uses the…

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How to install the Office 2010 KMS Host License Pack on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012

The current version of the Office 2010 KMS Host License Pack cannot be installed on machines running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012. Attempts to do so will result the error, “Unsupported operating system”. 1/7/2013 UPDATE: The “Product activation failed” error that can occur when attempting to perform a phone activation of an Office 2010…


Support for Office 2003 and Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014

Support for Windows XP, Office 2003, and Internet Explorer 6 running on Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014. After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will not provide any public support for Windows XP, Office 2003, and Internet Explorer 6 running on Windows XP. This includes security patches, non-security hotfixes, and incident/assisted support. To continue receiving…