Microsoft Office 2010 TP Activation Confusion

MSO2010TP There have been some confusion regarding Activation of Office 2010 Technical Preview (TP), as it has been discussed in forums and Newsgroups. Here’s the clarification which should clear this doubt.

I hope you all got Invites for Microsoft Office 2010 from Microsoft Connect to be among the first people in the world to experience  Office 2010, and have already obtained the Key and installed it. Let us start right from the installation. When you start the installation, it will ask for the Product Key.


After you enter the Key obtained from Connect, it will verify and if its correct, it will accept it and put a Green Tick mark. Also there’s a checked check box which says “Attempt to activate my product using the internet” . So if its checked it will Automatically activate the product if you are connected to internet.


As you continue with install, if you are doing a clean install that is if you don’t have any earlier ver. of Microsoft Office installed, you will get ‘Install Now’ button while if you are having earlier ver. you can Upgrade with the ‘Upgrade’ button.

So once installation is successful let us focus on Activation part, where the confusion is. If the checked box shown in above picture is checked and you are connected to  net, the product will be activated automatically. To check this, Open Word or any other Office Product, Click on Office button on top left and click on ‘Word’O2010OButton , don’t click on ‘options’ just below it.


You will get either –

1. This screen –


Actually it shows 2 messages  (I have shown in 2 different colored outlines ) , One with Red Outline says ‘You have a license for this product’ ,This is for Microsoft Office Professional 2010, So your product is already activated. And below it there’s another (shown in blue outline) which says ‘You are running a trial version of’ with a button ‘Licensing Operations’. DON’T CLICK ON IT TO ACTIVATE. It also shows ‘This product will become unlicensed in …. days’ . Don’t confuse with this, this is for other product which is not related to ours. Our product is Microsoft Office Professional 2010 (Technical Preview) which is already activated as I said earlier.

If you click on click ‘Licensing Operations’ and attempt to activate the trial it fails and says your product key is invalid. Do not try to activate the trial and don’t click on ‘Licensing Operations’ .


2. Or you will get this screen


This screen shows Microsoft Office Professional 2010 NOT ACTIVATED. So we have to activate it.

As can be seen in this, here also I have Outlined 2 different products in different colors. One says ‘ You are running a trial version of’ and has ‘Licensing Operations Button.Also shows ‘This product will become unlicensed in …days’. DONT CLICK ON THIS.

We are interested in Professional ver., which says ‘You need to activate this product’ and has a button ‘Activate Product’ , which also shows ‘This product will become unlicensed in …days’ . This is what you want to activate. Click on it to activate. It will activate,make sure you are connected to Net. And the message ‘This product will become unlicensed in …days’ will go. So your Microsoft Office Professional 2010 ver is activated.

I hope this will clear the confusion. All this confusion has been due to the Single Image source of Office Installation for 2 different products – MS Office Professional 2010 as well as MS Office Trial  ver. . We are interested in Professional ver and only this will get activated.

Even after all this , if someone is having difficulty in Activating, please provide feedback at Connect. And DO NOT INSTALL Office 2010 TP from any source other than from Connect. These may contain Malware, infected and you will have problems to Uninstall as complained by those who installed from Un-official sources.

The official ver. of Microsoft Office Professional TP is 14.0.4006.1110


So install it from official sources and discover all the new wonderful features .

EDIT : As I came across this info, I’m adding this now. It will clear the doubt regarding the message shown. Though this is for Trial S/W, ‘This product will become unlicensed in …days’ , and people getting confused for MS Office Professional 2010 TP.

If you click on the ‘View the Microsoft Software Licensing Terms’ from your Office 2010 TP (screenshot shown above), you can clearly see this (highlighted in green) :



It clearly says : 5.TIME SENSITIVE SOFTWARE. The software will stop running on 31/10/2010…………. 

btw just an observation, the date format is not US, so is the S/W developed at Microsoft Indian Center or somewhere Outside US?

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5 Responses to Microsoft Office 2010 TP Activation Confusion

  1. Jen says:

    What\’s the cost for the Pro version? I might have a go at this as soon as I find out:-)

  2. Vasudev says:

    Hi Jen, the prices of Office 2010, have not been yet declared. What i have posted here is the Technical Preview, which is prior to Beta ver. and its Free , and is made available for testing. You can also sign up to get it at can get more details about Office 2010 at

  3. Jen says:

    Thanks heaps, Vasudev. I\’ll save those links and Bing \’em later today:-)

  4. 远声 says:

    the major problem is how to get a key

  5. Unknown says:

    The article is helpful as far as it goes, i.e., one is given an image of what the Word "Tools" page "should" look like vis-à-vis the license and, lacking that, what one should do to activate. However, the inability to activate is the issue.When I launch Word, it automatically launches the Activation Wizard which invites me to activate via the Internet – which is where I am returned an "unspecified error . . . cannot activate at this time" error dialog. By following the above directions (also contained in the <014_Retail_Activation.doc> noted in the 2010 TP forum), one is, again, presented with the self-same Activation Wizard which replicates its original error, and ad infinitum.So, my issue is, I accomplished a clean install of 2010 (no other Office versions on board), utilizing the key provided at my Dashboard – an installation that seemed to progress without difficulty but I cannot activate my installation and have 28 days remaining on my "Trial."This is also posted at the TP forum with no response to date. Now what?BTW, for those who asked, your key is available at your Dashborad at, Ed

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