Office Home & Student 2021 account question

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  1. Posts : 9,746
    Mac OS Catalina
       #11

    You will never be in full control of software that someone else has written. What is this great fear of using a email account as your Microsoft .com account? I have yet to have my email get spammed by microsoft for the one that I use with Microsoft.
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  2. Posts : 123
    Windows 10 Creators
       #12

    bro67 said:
    You will never be in full control of software that someone else has written. What is this great fear of using a email account as your Microsoft .com account? I have yet to have my email get spammed by microsoft for the one that I use with Microsoft.
    I just want a local account. It gives me at least the illusion of control.
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  3. Posts : 9,746
    Mac OS Catalina
       #13

    Murphcid said:
    I just want a local account. It gives me at least the illusion of control.
    A local account has zero to do with applications, it only has to do with logging into Windows.
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  4. Posts : 16,557
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3930
       #14

    Murphcid said:
    I have the same issue, I do not want a Microsoft Account at all. Is there anyway to install Office without one just a local account?
    No.
    And you must have an MSOffice application running whilst you are connected to the internet with MSOffice logged into that MSAccount at least once a month in order to maintain activation.
    You can remain logged into Windows with your local user account while this is all happening.

    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 17 Mar 2023 at 11:09.
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  5. Posts : 2,145
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
       #15

    I had to log into my Microsoft account to download Office 2021. Once Office 2021 was installed I never had to do that again.

    BTW, your Microsoft account User ID can be any email address as long it is valid and current. For example, it might be: something.outlook.com, something.live.com, something.gmail.com, something.yahoo.com, etc.

    As you can see below I have the option of signing into my Microsoft account but I never do.

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  6. Posts : 2,092
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #16

    cheaterslick said:
    I got Office Home & Student 2021 on my latest computer
    Did this product come with the computer? I suspect the usual demo/trial version that needs to be activated (and paid for)
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  7. Posts : 16,557
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3930
       #17

    MisterEd said:
    As you can see below I have the option of signing into my Microsoft account but I never do.
    And your MSOffice remains activated?

    I'm on MSOffice 2021 and I thought MS told me I had to keep logged in to the MSAccount to remain activated.
    My 10th May 2022 post on the subject seems to say something slightly different.
    I have misunderstood something at some stage and cannot now find the MS article I thought I was complying with.

    Added a bit later. If I try to sign out of my MSAccount in MSOffice 2021, I get this dialog.
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    I think it is telling me that I cannot edit files until I sign in again.
    [All its stuff about saving to OneDrive etc is irrelevant. All my files are on my computers.]


    I've asked for assistance in ElevenForum [because that's where I think MSOffice 2021 has been discussed most extensively].
    Microsoft Office 2021 Professional -Discount licenses [my post #84] - ElevenForum



    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 17 Mar 2023 at 08:21.
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  8. Posts : 16,557
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3930
       #18

    I was wrong.

    My MSAccount was only required for the initial download, installation & activation.
    Perhaps I merely imagined that I read an MS article that said otherwise.

    Try3 said:
    I've signed out of my MSAccount in my [cheap] MSO2021 after which
    - I was able to create new documents & edit existing ones.
    - I ran an Office update. So I am now on Version 2302.
    I'll leave things until late April then check that Office still runs without any activation warnings & still allows updates.

    So my MSAccount was only required for the initial download, installation & activation after all.
    Microsoft Office 2021 Professional -Discount licenses [my post #93] - ElevenForum


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  9. Posts : 119
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2
    Thread Starter
       #19

    Murphcid said:
    I never save to the cloud or one drive, and it forces me to have a Microsoft account to load. I always purchase the stand alone version since I refuse to pay yearly, and want software that I control (theoretically) on my computers. There is no way to not set up a Microsoft Account and only have a local account that I have been able to find.
    I'm with you on that. Ideally, I'd like to treat it like past Office versions where MS wasn't so nosy.

    And I never use the cloud, preferring to use local backups instead. I have control over those.

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    idgat said:
    Did this product come with the computer? I suspect the usual demo/trial version that needs to be activated (and paid for)
    No it did not. I bought it separately.
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  10. Posts : 2,145
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
       #20

    When I bought Office 2021 I just received the Product Key. I then logged into my Microsoft Account to validate the key. Once it's validated it's added to my Microsoft account. I then click on the Install button to download the setup program for Office 2021.

    When you bought Office 2021 what process did you use?

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