MS Office 2016

MS Office 2016 activation with KMS

Following the recent release of the Microsoft Office 2016 final RTM version, corporate customers can initiate their transition to new office platform. This article will discuss the features of MS Office 2016 activation with KMS. This takes place after you have install and activate the KMS server on Windows Server 2012 R2.

Corporate clients are no longer required to link Microsoft activation server on the internet as using KMS-server enables organization network to make use of their Office products.


  1. This guide applies only for 2006 Office Enterprise clients excluding 365 Office ProPlus.
  2. MS Office 2016 KMS does not activate the previous versions of MS Office. To activate a previous version at your KMS server you will have to set up the appropriate extensions and activate them.

Make sure that your computer meets the requirements:

  1. Windows 7 with KB2757817
  2. Windows 8.1
  3. Windows 2008 R2 server with KB2757817
  4. Windows Server 2012 / Windows Server 2012 R2
  5. Windows 10

There are two type of MS Office 2016 activation methods:

  1. Activation with KMS server
  2. The Directory-Based Activation that requires at least Windows 2012 Server.

First step: find and copy KMS key for MS Office 2016 at personal Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).

office 2016 activation

Second step: download KMS — Microsoft Office 2016 Volume License Pack here –

You need to run downloaded file (office2016volumelicensepack_4285-1000_en-us_x86.exe) as administrator from your KMS server.

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office 2016 activation via kms server

During installation the Volume Activation Tool will appear at the console window; you can either use the ADBA or KMS.

MS Office 2016 KMS activation method

  1. If you are going to use the KMS activation, choose the Key Management service, set your KMS FQDN and KMS key (KMS Host Key) obtained earlier.
  2. Select the activation method by either using phone or online. During initial stage, provide direct Internet connection.
    MS Office 2016 activation method
  3. After activation of MS Office 2016 via KMS, there would appear window with your current KMS configuration.
  4. There must appear Name:Office 16, VOLUME_KMS_channel in the list of products with Licensed status.
  5. Close the Volume Activation Tools. After this Software Protection Service will be restarted.

MS Office 2016 KMS activated

The Directory-Based Activation

If you want to use Directory-Based Activation method, you will need to choose it at Select Volume Activation Method in your Volume Activation Tools wizard (this method applies for clients that run on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 and Windows 10).

office 2016 activation method

Then you need to specify KMS key (CSVLK) and enter display name for new activation object (optional).

MS Office 2016 key activation with kms

Your remaining task is to activate the KMS key.

MS Office 2016 activation method

Close the VAT windows after updating utility console windows. Press Enter. Get information on installing KMS key through SKU ID:

slmgr.vbs /dlv 98ebfe73-2084-4c97-932c-c0cd1643bea7

Now you are ready to start activating clients.

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Procedure on how clients activate their server:

To activate new Office on client’s computer, run these commands in Command Prompt as administrator:

  • CD \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16
    (If you are using 32-bit MS Office version installed on 64-bit Windows, you need give this command:
    CD \Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16 )
  • Specify names of server: cscript ospp.vbs /
  • Activate the product:
    cscript ospp.vbs /act
  • You can get the present status of activation using this command:
    cscript ospp.vbs /dstatusall

For activating, you must have reached a minimum of 5 customer’s activation requests.

GVLK keys for Microsoft Office 2016

Usually, the ADBA object activates MS Office 2016 installed on the PC automatically, as long as the computer has a Generic Volume License Key (GVLK) installed. Therefore, usually GVLK key is not required.

But just in case, below you can find a list of official public GVLK keys for products from MS Office package, which must be used during clients activation with KMS server.

Product GVLK keys (KMS keys for clients)
MS Office edition XQNVK-8JYDB-WJ9W3-YJ8YR-WFG99
MS Office Professional Plus 2016 JNRGM-WHDWX-FJJG3-K47QV-DRTFM
Project Professional 2016 YG9NW-3K39V-2T3HJ-93F3Q-G83KT
Project Standard 2016 GNFHQ-F6YQM-KQDGJ-327XX-KQBVC
Visio Professional 2016 PD3PC-RHNGV-FXJ29-8JK7D-RJRJK
Visio Standard 2016 7WHWN-4T7MP-G96JF-G33KR-W8GF4
MS OneNote 2016 DR92N-9HTF2-97XKM-XW2WJ-XW3J6
Microsoft Outlook 2016 R69KK-NTPKF-7M3Q4-QYBHW-6MT9B
Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 J7MQP-HNJ4Y-WJ7YM-PFYGF-BY6C6
Microsoft Publisher 2016 F47MM-N3XJP-TQXJ9-BP99D-8K837
Skype for Business 2016 869NQ-FJ69K-466HW-QYCP2-DDBV6
MS Word 2016 WXY84-JN2Q9-RBCCQ-3Q3J3-3PFJ6
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The product key can be optionally changed:
cscript ospp.vbs /inpkey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

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  • Mario Willart

    Hi, great article! I have one question, we already have a KMS host in our network (which activates Win7, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 R2 and Office 2010). Can this KMS option for Office 2016 be installed on this existing KMS host? Is there something I should take into account before enabling?
    Kind regards,

  • Bruce Lee

    Can anyone provide me with a Office Pro Plus 2016 VL or MAK keys, i want to activate it through Skype. Thanks.

  • Peter

    Thanks a lot – but the keys for MS Office Edition is the one for MS Office Professional Plus and the other way round 😉

  • Arthur.DRX

    I found this web site where you can get an original activation key for Windows Server 2016 :
    The web site is very interesting

  • BVS1

    What is the GVLK key for Visio 2016 Standard Volume using C2R? The last 5 digits when I successfully license this comes back as w4423 (ospp.vbs /dstatus) and not W8GF4 as your chart suggests. I do see W8GF4 when I install Visio 2016 Standard via MSI though.