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Microsoft Software Activation

Microsoft Windows and Office Activation for Computers outside the ENCS network

Microsoft Software used by the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science requires activation with a KMS server.  By default, KMS activations are valid for 180 days. To remain active, your computer needs to contact the KMS server before the 180 days has expired.

Computers on the ENCS network will automatically activate. Only those computers not connected directly to the ENCS network need to be activated. You cannot activate your own personal copies of this software, only Microsoft volume licensing products can be activated.

 

FAQ

  1. Open a command prompt as an administrator by either using the "runas" command, or by right clicking on  C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe and selecting "Run as Administrator"
  2. Enter the command:
     
    c:\windows\system32\cscript.exe c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /dlv
  1. Open a command prompt as an administrator by either using the "runas" command, or by right clicking on  C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe and selecting "Run as Administrator"
  2. Enter the command:

            For Microsoft Office 2013 (32bit) running on a 64bit version of Windows:
        c:\windows\system32\cscript.exe  "c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.vbs" /dstatus

            otherwise

        c:\windows\system32\cscript.exe  "c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.vbs" /dstatus

           For other versions of Microsoft Office, adjust the path to OSPP.vbs as required.

To activate, you must have an Administrator priviledged account, and you must connect your computer to the Concordia University VPN network.

Note: To connect to the Concordia University VPN Network, you MUST use your Concordia NetName and Password (not your ENCS username and password)

1.  Visit: https://www.concordia.ca/it/services/vpn.html to download the Cisco anywhere software, and install it. 

2. Connect to the VPN server (urutu.concordia.ca) using the software in step 1.

Once connected to the network, your operating system (i.e., Windows), should automatically re-activate, and your Office products will activate if you launch the application while connected to the VPN.

REMEMBER: You need to allow your computer to "re-activate" itself at least once ever 180 days. Windows should do this automatically if you re-establish the VPN connection to the Concordia University network.

It is possible that your computer is configured to use a KMS server that it cannot reach. To fix this issue, you can try clearing the stored information, and allowing your computer to find the rght KMS using DNS. While connected to the VPN network, try the following commands:

        For the Windows Operating System:

  1. Open a command prompt as an administrator by either using the "runas" command, or by right clicking on  C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe and selecting "Run as Administrator"
  2. Enter the command:
           
c:\windows\system32\cscript.exe c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ckms

c:\windows\system32\cscript.exe c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato

       
        For Microsoft Office Products:
 

  1. Open a command prompt as an administrator by either using the "runas" command, or by right clicking on  C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe and selecting "Run as Administrator"
  2. Enter the command:

            For Microsoft Office 2013 (32bit):
        c:\windows\system32\cscript.exe  "c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.vbs" /remhst
        c:\windows\system32\cscript.exe  "c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.vbs" /act

            For Microsoft Office 2013 (64bit):
        c:\windows\system32\cscript.exe  "c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.vbs" /remhst
                    c:\windows\system32\cscript.exe  "c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.vbs" /act

         For other versions of Microsoft Office, adjust the path to OSPP.vbs as required.

REMEMBER: You need to allow your computer to "re-activate" itself at least once ever 180 days. Windows should do this automatically if you re-establish the VPN connection to the Concordia University network.