Activate Office 2010 on Terminal Server

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Last Review: February 23, 2011
Product(s): Office 2010, Terminal Server or Remote Desktop Server 2003/2008

To activate Office 2010 on a Terminal Server, you must use a Technet or MSDN product key and follow the instructions below: 

  1. Log off all terminal users and close any open Office applications. Otherwise, you will be prompted to restart the server after activation.

  2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

  3.  If you are using Windows Server 2003, click Add or Remove Programs. If you are using Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, click Program and Features.

  4.  In the list of programs that are installed, click Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010, and then click Change. 

  5. In the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 dialog box, click the Enter a Product Key option, and then click Continue.

  6. Make sure that the computer is connected to the Internet. Enter the product key, click to select the Attempt to automatically activate my product online check box, and then click Continue.

  7. Click Install Now and Close when completed.

  8.  Verify the activation status. Restart the Office 2010 application. In the Office 2010 application, click the File tab, and then click Help. Notice the activation status.