I am configuring 20 new W10 PCs for a lab. None of this is volume licensing.
I bought the licenses through retail channels. For each PC I purchased a copy of Office Home and Business 2019 (SKU-TSD-03341)
As expected I now have 20 Product keys. I intended to assign and enter a particular key into a particular PC.
However when I attempt to activate office I am prompted to enter an email address.
These are generic lab computers and not specific to a user. How can I activate office with just the key?
I did attempt to use the command
cscript.exe "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /inpkey:<product key>
I entered the product key in three ways:
- all lowercase, no spaces, no dashes
- all UPPERCASE, no spaces, no dashes
- all UPPERCASE, no spaces, but with the dashes in the key.
However I received an error, " The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is invalid."
As a test I validated the the product key worked because I used the Office activation GUI, entering an email address and it accepted the key.
So my question is: How can I activate office with just the key?
Is my syntax incorrect?
Is ospp.vbs the correct tool the activate a retail product key?