How does Office 2016 activation work?

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office' started by digitalbear, Jul 7, 2018.

  1. digitalbear

    digitalbear MDL Member

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    I bought a cheap key from ebay which worked 100%, but after reinstalling win10, office did not want to activate using the same key on the same pc, although win10 had no problem reactivating.

    I installed this office key after logging into ms live.

    Isn't office 2016 tied to your live ms account like win10?
     
  2. whitestar_999

    whitestar_999 MDL Senior Member

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    No,MS Office does not have a digital license concept like win 10(tied to a ms account & transferable).That cheap key was stolen/leaked & so after its max activation attempts were crossed,MS blocked any further new activations using that key.

    P.S. I find it amusing that people are not willing to give money to MS or not believing a $10 luxary watch with price tag of $100 deals & yet willing to buy cheap MS keys over ebay instead of simply using kms activators so as to think of themselves on a morally higher ground than pirates.:rolleyes:
     
  3. digitalbear

    digitalbear MDL Member

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    Thank you for the answer, yup there is only one way to get the real thing :)