Many new desktop PCs and laptop computers come pre-loaded with free trials of Microsoft software programs, such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. However, once a free trial expires, you must purchase a Microsoft product key in order to continue using these software programs. Product activation through a Microsoft product key validates software licenses and helps to protect consumers’ privacy. Activate your Microsoft product key online or by phone to validate your Microsoft program.
- Click on the Windows “Start” button at the bottom left-hand side of your computer screen.
- Navigate to the “Programs” tab to locate the Microsoft software product you need to activate. Click on the product to open up the software program.
- Select the “Activate Product” option from your software program’s “Help” menu. This opens up an Activation Wizard that walks you through the activation process.
- Type in your 25 character product key, a mix of unique numbers and letters used to identify licensing information, when prompted by the Activation Wizard.
- Provide your country/region when prompted. The Activation Wizard sends your information to Microsoft licensing servers over the Internet and will activate your software immediately, as long as you have provided a valid product key.
Activate By Phone
- Select the “Activate Product” option from your software program’s “Help” menu to open up the Activation Wizard.
- Click on your country/region when prompted. The Activation Wizard will provide a list of phone numbers to call for Microsoft product activation.
- Keep the Microsoft Activation Wizard open and have your Microsoft product key and Installation ID information ready when you call for activation.
- Call the customer service representative and provide her with your Microsoft product key, Installation ID and other information required for the activation process.
- Type in the Confirmation ID you receive from the Microsoft customer service representative in the spaces at the bottom of the screen.
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