1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10 Home Premium
       2 Weeks Ago #1

    Can I Activate MS Office WITHOUT a Microsoft Account?

    Had a trial version of Office on my tower - a 64 bit Home that was set up with only a local account. The trial expired so I bought Office - Home & Student 2016. When I click on one of the desktop icons for any of the components of Office I get a message box telling me that my subscription has expired. I have 3 choice boxes:

    • Buy - I want to renew or buy Office
    • Enter Key - I have a product key
    • Sign In - Add this computer to an active account

    Buy takes me to a screen where they want me to RENT the damn product. Enter Key takes to an entry screen where after I input my key it wants me to sign in to a Microsoft Account, which I do not have and do not want. Sign In is obviously not the answer.
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  2. Joined : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 1,112
    10 Home x64 (1607), Pro x86 (1511 & 1607)
       2 Weeks Ago #2

    boweasel said: View Post
    ...it wants me to sign in to a Microsoft Account, which I do not have and do not want...
    You're not alone in your frustration, according to this 29 page rant...
    Install Office 2016 OEM without Live account - Microsoft Community

    Apparently there's supposed to be a way to activate it by phone...
    Activate Office 365, Office 2016, or Office 2013 - Office Support
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  3. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,197
    Windows 10 IoT
       2 Weeks Ago #3

    I run Office 2016, after installing it and launching any one program the first time, it asks for my account info for the subscription version. Office 365. I can though click the option to enter a product code, which I do as I have MSDN. When I do that all it does is verify the product code and activate Office. I don't get any more prompts to enter my online account info? Mine is Office Professional Plus 2016 though, if that makes a difference. Maybe your key doesn't match the currently installed version?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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