How To Check Activation Type and License Status of Office 2010 Installations

Microsoft Office 2010 was released back in June, 2010 and has different types of activations like Multiple Activation Key (MAK), Key Management Service (KMS) for volume licensing, and the Retail licenses. You can easily find what type of activation your Office 2010 installation is using along with the status of your activation. To find out the detailed information, simply follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Open an administrative level command prompt. (To do this, click on the Start Menu, type cmd in the Start Menu search box, right-click on the Command Prompt entry and select Run as administrator.)
  2. After opening the elevated command prompt, navigate to the Office14 folder:
    • 32-bit Office on 64-bit OS, use the command: “cd \Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14
    • 32-bit Office on 32-bit OS and 64-bit Office on 64-bit OS, use the command: “cd \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
  3. Now, execute the following command: “cscript ospp.vbs /dstatus
  4. After the successful execution of the command, look at “LICENSE NAME” for license type and “LICENSE STATUS” for activation status.

If Office 2010 is KMS activated you will see “KMS_Client edition” in the license name field, as shown in the screenshot below:

KMS_Client edition

If Office 2010 is MAK activated you will see “MAK edition” in the license name field, as shown in the screenshot below:

MAK edition

If Office 2010 is activated using Retail license, you will see “Retail edition” in the license name field:

Retail edition

Thanks to the Office Deployment Support Team Blog for this update.

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  • king

    thank you.. it works now i know that i have a licensed microsoft office for 2010..
    thank you so much..

    • Xyso

      I think a LOT of people who ended up here were looking to see whether their retail copy was activated.
      That is accomplished by opening Word, clicking on the “File” tab, then on “Help”
      It will say at the top right “Product Activated”.

      Also, is it just me, or are you getting an error msg when you type the path in your instructions (regular or Admin command prompt) that “The system cannot find the path specified.”?

      • randy thiesen

        Yes I get this over and over. How do I fix it?

  • Msguy

    Thank you for the trick, that’s good to know you have to be an IT to check if a product is valid. That will create employment for licences specialists.

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  • jyotsna

    hai,
    even iam getting some error in the command prompt. as my office 2010 is directly in c drive. i tried in that manner too. but iam not able to check it out. please solve my solution.

    • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

      Can you tell us the complete path where Office 2010 is installed?

      • nate

        hey i have the same problem microsoft office is installed to the c drive at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office and i am getting a error in the command prompt any help would be nice.

        • huan

          try running command prompt in elevated mode

          Press the Win keyboard key or click Start button.
          Type cmd into the Start Search textbox.
          Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter keyboard shortcut. Ctrl-Shift-Enter is the general keyboard shortcut that triggers elevation to “Run as Administrator”.
          Press Alt+C or press Continue to confirm the UAC elevation warning prompt.

          then try again

  • Xyso

    I think a LOT of people who ended up here were looking to see whether their reatil copy was activated.
    That is accomplished by opening Word, clicking on the “File” tab, then on “Help”
    It will say at the top right “Product Activated”.

    • descartes

      you have suggested the best and the easiest way which is helpful for many people. thank you

    • paul

      Product Activation and Software Licensing are two different things. FYI

  • Frank

    these instructions work until I ran cscript pspp.vbs/ dstatus. I received a cscript error: Execution of the Windows Script Host failed. (Not enough storage is available to complete this operation.)
    .
    I have 3GB memory and i am running nothing else. 320Gb HD.
    .
    Any suggestion? Thanks