Microsoft Office install and Activation

-- Mike Gore - 2020-05-28

University Office Portal for Office install and Downloads

Updated 15Feb2022 Mike Gore
  • Login to
    • Use your University of Waterloo WatIAM credentials for the login - include with your userid
    • On the upper right Click on the account manager - the circle icon with your initials in it - this icon is below to the right of the three dots ...
      • Click view account
    • On left side of window click on Office Apps
    • Click on Install Office under Office Apps & devices
  • After you installed Office the product should be automatically activate - you are done with this TWIKI

IST Web Store for Office download

Updated 15Feb2022 Mike Gore

Office Activation

Updated 15Feb2022 Mike Gore - these notes are only for troubleshooting existing installations of office installed from the IST web store
  • Open an elevated command prompt as follows
    • Windows Search -> cmd.exe -> Right click on cmd -> Run as Administrator
  • We need to find a file called ospp.vbs in the Microsoft Office Program Files directory
  • It can be in one of two places located in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office" or "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office"
  • You can open each directory and use explorer to search for ospp.vbs
- or -
  • You can search for it via command prompt
    • cd "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office"
    • dir ospp.vbs /s
    • cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office"
    • dir ospp.vbs /s
  • Once you have the directory use the command prompt to change into it, for example:
    • cd "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16"
    • cscript ospp.vbs / (this may fail - try the next command it normally works)
    • cscript ospp.vbs /act
  • You should see the message Product activation successful
    • Restart any office programs to see the change

IST activation servers

  • Use: as it is the main license server aliase

  • NOTE: is being removed from service*


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