Manage multiple one-time-purchase Office installs that use the same Microsoft account

This article applies to the 2013 and 2016 versions of Office Home & Student, Office Home & Business, and Office Professional. It doesn't apply to Office programs that are installed from an Office 365 subscription or Office installed on a Mac.

If you buy and install multiple copies of Office 2016 or Office 2013, we recommend that you create a list to track the Office product key that's used on each PC. This list will save you time later if you need to reinstall Office on a new PC (when retiring an older one) or you need to reinstall Office after reformatting or replacing a hard drive. You can use this list to avoid accidentally reinstalling Office using a product key that's in use on a different PC.

To begin, create a simple table that has two columns. One column lists each PC name where Office is installed, and the other contains the product key that was used to install each copy of Office.

Example two column product key list.

If you've already installed Office on multiple PCs and are having trouble activating them, see Change your Office product key.

Tip: When you need to install Office on multiple PCs, it’s easier to manage them if you buy an Office 365 business subscription or purchase a volume license of Office.

Step 1: Write down the full product key for each copy of Office

In the first step, you fill in the Product Key column of your list using the full product keys that appear in My Office Account.

  1. Sign in to your My Office Account page with the email and password associated with the Microsoft account that was used to install Office.

    You'll see one or more tabs across the top of the My Office Account page. You might see a tab named Office 365. You can ignore that one because it doesn’t display any product keys. Look for a tab that contains either 2013 or 2016 in the name.

    If you have multiple Office 2013 products, your tab might look like this.

    Office 2013 tab on the My Office Account page.

    If you have a mix of Office 2013 and Office 2016 products, your tab might look like this.

    Office 2016 plus 2013 tab on the My Office Account page.
  2. Select the appropriate tab to reveal the products that are associated with the Microsoft account.

  3. For each Office product that's listed on the page, choose View your product key and add each product key to your list.

Step 2: View the product key on each PC where Office is installed

In this step, you view the last five characters of the product key on each PC where Office is installed. Using this information, you can fill in the PC Name column for each product key in your list.

  1. Go to a PC that has Office installed.

  2. Open a Command Prompt window.

    Windows 10 and Windows 8.1   

    Windows 7   

    1. Select the Start button Windows Start button in Windows 8 and Windows 10 (lower-left corner).

    2. Type Command Prompt.

    3. Right-click the Command Prompt icon, and select Run as administrator.

    1. Select the Start button Windows 7 Start button (lower-left corner).

    2. Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

  3. From the drop-down list below, select your Office version (2013 or 2016) and Windows version (32-bit or 64-bit) and run the commands as described.

    Tips: 

    Tip: If you get an Input Error: Can not find script file... message, it means that you used the wrong command. Don’t worry, running the wrong command won’t hurt anything. Double-check your Office and Windows versions and try a different command.

    Copy the following command, paste the command into the Command Prompt window, and then press Enter.

    cscript “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus

    The command prompt displays the last five characters of the product key that was used to install Office on the computer. Our example below uses XXXXX to represent these characters.

    Command Prompt showing last five digits of product key

    Tip: If you get an Input Error: Can not find script file... message, it means that you used the wrong command. Don’t worry, running the wrong command won’t hurt anything. Double-check your Office and Windows versions and try a different command.

    Copy the following command, paste the command into the Command Prompt window, and then press Enter.

    cscript “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus

    The command prompt displays the last five characters of the product key that was used to install Office on the computer. Our example below uses XXXXX to represent these characters.

    Command Prompt showing last five digits of product key

    Tip: If you get an Input Error: Can not find script file... message, it means that you used the wrong command. Don’t worry, running the wrong command won’t hurt anything. Double-check your Office and Windows versions and try a different command.

    Copy the following command, paste the command into the Command Prompt window, and then press Enter.

    cscript “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus

    The command prompt displays the last five characters of the product key that was used to install Office on the computer. Our example below uses XXXXX to represent these characters.

    Command Prompt showing last five digits of product key

    Tip: If you get an Input Error: Can not find script file... message, it means that you used the wrong command. Don’t worry, running the wrong command won’t hurt anything. Double-check your Office and Windows versions and try a different command.

    Copy the following command, paste the command into the Command Prompt window, and then press Enter.

    cscript “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus

    The command prompt displays the last five characters of the product key that was used to install Office on the computer. Our example below uses XXXXX to represent these characters.

    Command Prompt showing last five digits of product key

    Tip: If you get an Input Error: Can not find script file... message, it means that you used the wrong command. Don’t worry, running the wrong command won’t hurt anything. Double-check your Office and Windows versions and try a different command.

    Copy the following command, paste the command into the Command Prompt window, and then press Enter.

    cscript “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus

    The command prompt displays the last five characters of the product key that was used to install Office on the computer. Our example below uses XXXXX to represent these characters.

    Command Prompt showing last five digits of product key

    Tip: If you get an Input Error: Can not find script file... message, it means that you used the wrong command. Don’t worry, running the wrong command won’t hurt anything. Double-check your Office and Windows versions and try a different command.

    Copy the following command, paste the command into the Command Prompt window, and then press Enter.

    cscript “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus

    The command prompt displays the last five characters of the product key that was used to install Office on the computer. Our example below uses XXXXX to represent these characters.

    Command Prompt showing last five digits of product key

  4. Use the last five characters of each product key to fill in the PC Name column on your list.

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