How to Get Microsoft Office back After Factory Reset without Key
For some reason, you chose to format your Windows laptop or PC to get everything clean and start from scratch, but Microsoft Office is now asking you for a license key to activate it when you want to open and edit a MS Word or Excel document. Why? You have Microsoft Office pre-installed when you purchased the computer and never thought there is any key. However, there indeed should have a key, either on the bottom of your computer or one of the packages brought home by you. What if you can’t find it anymore? Don’t worry. In this tutorial, we are going to introduce how to restore Microsoft Office on Windows 10/8/7 without a key.
What You Will Need for Microsoft Office Reinstalling
Make sure your Microsoft account has been synced with the computer. In other words, you must have logged in your Windows 10/8/7 computer with a Microsoft account. Otherwise, Microsoft will not be able to detect whether you have an access to its products or not, and you will see a Buy Office button as shown on Step 3 below. Besides, you will download and install the same version of Office as the one pre-installed on your computer. For example, if you had Office Home 2016, you will not get Office Pro or Office 365 but the same one as previous. Anyway, through this tutorial, we hope you will get a legal and genuine copy of Microsoft Office and use it safely.
Steps to Restore Microsoft Office on Windows 10/8/7
Now, have your Microsoft account prepared and follow the instruction below to reinstall Office after factory reset on Windows 10/8/7.
- Step 1. Visit Office.com and click Sign in.
- Step 2. Sign in with your Microsoft account and password. Skip prompts if any.
- Step 3. Click Install Office button as show below.
- Step 4. Click Install Office again (or Get Office mobile app) on the new page.
- Step 5. On the prompt, select available options for the language and version and then click Install. (How to download language pack in Windows 10)
- Step 6. Wait the installing to complete before opening and signing in Microsoft Office.
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On Step 3, you should see a side column on the left, which contains most apps of Microsoft. These online apps are free for use even you sign in with a newly created Microsoft account. This is a way for everyone to get Microsoft Office for free without a key.
In this article, we have learnt how to restore pre-installed Microsoft Office license key after factory reset. The solution will work great as long as your Microsoft account has been associated with the computer. If not, you may need to contact the seller, manufacturer or Microsoft for help. Don’t forget to share this tutorial to your friends if you find it useful. We’d like to see you’re relieved from the headache, so please share your experience in the comment below.