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  1.    10 Aug 2018 #1

    Office 2016 install on machine with several windows users


    Hi all
    I currently have Office 2010 installed on a machine that has 3 users configured. One license, one product key, no problem.
    Now I am looking to upgrade to Office 2016 (I don't like the subscription model of Office 365). I have found a lot of confusing information in various forums on the activation of Office 2016. From what I have read, it seems that the one product key per machine (for several users) installation is not supported any more in Office 2016. Can someone clarify what the situation really is? What is the best / recommended way to install Office 2016 on a machine with three users? I am a private individual, not a company.

    Thanks a lot
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  2.    10 Aug 2018 #2

    I'm interested in this as well and investigated a week ago.

    I think I have the same Office 2010 that you have: 1 key, good for 3 users. Fully transferable in the future to new computers as long as you don't have it installed on more than 3 PCs at any one time. I bought a 3 user license only because it was all I could find at the time that could be moved to new PCs in the future and did not involve a subscription. That was 5 years ago.

    I paid $180 for the 3 user license.

    Here's the nearest thing I could find that is NOT subscription based. You pay once.

    $129.99

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0153V62P2/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza

    Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016. It's a download, not a disk.

    You pay, get a Product Key sent by email; download, and install.

    It apparently is good for only 1 user, not 3.

    That's all I would need, but I'm not sure there is a 3 user equivalent. You might have to buy 3 copies in your situation.

    If you read the reviews at Amazon, you'll see some confusion about whether or not this particular license is transferable to another PC in the future, as long as it's confined to just one PC at a time.

    It apparently requires a "Microsoft account", but there is no subscription.

    I need confirmation as to whether this product can be transferred to any PC I might build in the future. I own only 1 PC, but rebuild periodically.
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  3.    10 Aug 2018 #3

    I also use Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016

    See https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/of...%3aoverviewtab
    Install on 1 PC
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  4.    10 Aug 2018 #4

    MeAndMyComputer said: View Post
    I also use Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016

    See https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/of...%3aoverviewtab
    Install on 1 PC
    That certainly appears to be exactly the same product that I linked to at Amazon in my post above yours.

    Do you have ANY reason to believe that the version of Office that you have could be legally transferred to another PC that you might buy in the future, assuming you did NOT try to use it on 2 PCs at the same time?

    If you have an opinion, what's the basis of the opinion?
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  5.    10 Aug 2018 #5

    ignatzatsonic said: View Post
    That certainly appears to be exactly the same product that I linked to at Amazon in my post above yours.

    Do you have ANY reason to believe that the version of Office that you have could be legally transferred to another PC that you might buy in the future, assuming you did NOT try to use it on 2 PCs at the same time?

    If you have an opinion, what's the basis of the opinion?
    I saw that you use Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016 and the Amazon link and that's why I used the "also" because I am in tune with you.
    I'm not aware of it being legally transferred to another PC: sure would be nice if it's possible.
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  6. Kari's Avatar
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       10 Aug 2018 #6

    jacobacci said: View Post
    I have found a lot of confusing information in various forums on the activation of Office 2016. From what I have read, it seems that the one product key per machine (for several users) installation is not supported any more in Office 2016. Can someone clarify what the situation really is?
    Regarding license, Office 2016 acts and is exactly as any other software installed on your computer. Only one license is required for a single computer, regardless how many user accounts / profiles that computer has. You install it when signed in to your main local admin account, activate it and that's it; every user on that computer can then use it.

    Please notice that if you do not have a Microsoft account, before buying / installing / activating Office 2016 Retail as One-Time Purchase product, you should create one.

    The retail One-Time Purchase license for Office 2016 can only be installed on one computer. License is transferable to another computer simply by signing in to https://office.com/myaccount with your Microsoft account, removing (deactivating) Office from your account and restarting computer.

    When done, the license is free and can be used on another computer. Notice that you should also do this if you want to reinstall Windows; deactivate Office license, restart, only then start Windows installation.

    I strongly recommend you to reconsider an Office 365 subscription. It beats the One-Time Purchase version in so many ways, including the price. Looking the prices in Switzerland, Office 2016 Home & Student which only includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, it costs CHF159.95. With that price, you would get Office 365 Personal subscription (CHF69.95) for over two years and three months.

    Office 365 Personal includes, in addition to applications in Home & Student, Access, Publisher, Outlook, one terabyte OneDrive storage and monthly 60 minutes free phone calls (from Skype) to landline numbers around the world (mobile numbers in selected countries). It also gives you free phone and chat support (in Home & Student free support is limited to 60 days after activation).

    Even better is the Office 365 Home subscription. It would cost you CHF109.95 per year, but it would multiply all benefits of O365 Personal by 5: five different users can activate it on 5 PCs or Macs + 5 tablets + 5 mobile phones. Each of 5 users would get 1TB OneDrive and all other perks.

    Let's say you could find other 4 family members or friends interested in Office, each of you would pay CHF21.99 a year. That's bargain. And let's not forget that subscribes do not have to think about upgrades; when Office 2019 will be released next year, subscribers would get the upgrade for free. As an O365 subscriber, you always have the latest Office version.

    Please notice that Microsoft is misleadingly using word User on their Office website:

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    Scrolling down to compare editions, this will then be clarified by telling that O365 Personal is for 1 PC/Mac, 1 tablet and 1 phone, and O365 Home is for 5 PCs/Macs, 5 tablets and 5 phones.

    Short: No worries, each user of your computer is entitled to use Office 2016 products on your computer as long as it has been activated once.

    For you in Switzerland, here's local Office sites for you:

    Unfortunately, local Swiss Office site is only available in above mentioned two of your four official languages. It is not available in Romansh at all, and Italian speaking Swiss must use Italian site where prices are told in EUR instead of CHF: Confronta i prodotti Microsoft Office | Microsoft Office

    Kari
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  7.    10 Aug 2018 #7

    Kari said: View Post
    Regarding license, Office 2016 acts and is exactly as any other software installed on your computer. Only one license is required for a single computer, regardless how many user accounts / profiles that computer has. You install it when signed in to your main local admin account, activate it and that's it; every user on that computer can then use it.
    Thanks, Kari
    that clarifies the situation. I will look into Office 365.
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  8.    10 Aug 2018 #8

    Kari's link shows a $119.99 Office Home and Student 2016, direct from Microsoft.


    Amazon has this Office Home and Student 2016 for $129.99

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...k_ql_qh_dp_hza


    Then there is this Office Home and Student 2016 for $149.99, direct from Microsoft.

    Your request appears to be from an automated process


    Are all 3 of these the identical product with the same rights and privileges, but with 3 different prices?

    Or do they differ in some way?

    I guess SKUs are no longer used, so it's tougher to identify exactly what is for sale.
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  9. Kari's Avatar
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       10 Aug 2018 #9

    ignatzatsonic said: View Post
    Are all 3 of these the identical product with the same rights and privileges, but with 3 different prices?

    Or do they differ in some way?
    My screenshot is, as is the link from English (International) page, whereas yours is to English (US). I have no explanation for different prices, but as we are talking about Microsoft, I am not surprised.

    Your last link:

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    Compare it to mine:

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    As with all Microsoft sites, you can always get any local version of that page if it exists simply by changing that en-us in URL as shown in your link to your preferred one. I would get the same page localized in Finnish changing en-us to fi-fi, OP of this thread would get the page in Swiss German by changing it to de-ch or in Swiss French with fr-ch, and so on.

    The format Microsoft uses is LL-RR where LL is language and RR is region. Using EN only, the language indicator without region indicator, you will get so called International English page (when it exists).

    Kari
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  10. Kari's Avatar
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       10 Aug 2018 #10

    ignatzatsonic said: View Post
    I guess SKUs are no longer used, so it's tougher to identify exactly what is for sale.
    SKUs are still very much used. You can check all installed Office SKUs in elevated Command Prompt:

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    See this sticky thread: Office License Management Tool - Windows 10 Forums

    Kari
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