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Microsoft Product Activation

Microsoft products using the Enterprise license agreement require check-in to the campus network at least once every 180 days. Primarily this impacts the institutional copy of Windows and Office. These products should only be installed on equipment owned by the University. This article only applies to such cases.

You may need this article if you see an indicator such as this on your Windows 10 desktop:

Activate Warning Message

First: Connect to the Campus Network

You can do this one of 2 ways:

  1. Go to campus and connect to a network to which you've been given access. This could be via an ethernet or wireless connection. 
  2. Simulate being on campus using the UMD group on the GlobalProtect VPN

Second: Re-activate the Software

Microsoft Windows

  1. Go to your search bar and type the search term "activation" there. 
  2. Open "Activation Settings" that shows up in the search.
  3. Select "Activate" that shows on this window.
    Activate Now Window
  4. This should complete the activation process. 

Microsoft Office

  1. Close any open Microsoft products. 
  2. Now open one of the affected products again.
  3. The activation warning should be gone. 

Keywordsmicrosoft windows activation kms license key   Doc ID102752
OwnerAyla H.GroupUMD Engineering IT
Created2020-06-02 15:09:46Updated2024-06-03 10:02:05
SitesUniversity of Maryland Engineering IT
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