The KMS activation process for Microsoft Office 2013 is the same as what it was for Microsoft Office 2010. However, the interface to setup the KMS host for Microsoft Office 2013 on a Windows Server 2012 has been updated to use the Volume Activation Tools.


Microsoft Office 2013 running on both Windows 7 and Windows 8 client computers can be activated by installing the Microsoft Office 2013 Volume License Pack on a Windows Server 2012, or on one of the other supported host systems including Windows 7 VL edition, Windows 8 VL edition and Windows Server 2008 R2.


STEP 1: Download the Microsoft Office 2013 Volume License Pack from the Microsoft Download Center (MSDL) site:

STEP 2: Double-click the downloaded EXE to run it:

STEP 3: Once the EXE finishes running, the Volume Activation Tools wizard will appear:

STEP 4: On the next screen, choose Key Management Service (KMS) and browse to, or specify the name of, the system running Key Management Service. Typically, this would be the system you are running the Volume Activation Tools on:

STEP 5: Next, enter the KMS host (CSVLK) key:

STEP 6: Choose activation method, online or phone:

STEP 7: Activation Succeeded:

After you set up the host, the KMS clients send requests for activation and increment the current count of activations. The current count must be 5 or larger before KMS clients are activated. The maximum current count is double the activation threshold, or 10. You can also check the KMS log in the Applications and Services Logs folder for event ID 12290, the ID for KMS-related activity. The KMS log records activation requests from KMS clients. Each event displays the name of the computer and the time stamp of each activation request.
To verify that the Office 2013 KMS host key is successfully installed and activated
  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure has the following credentials:
    • The user account that performs this procedure is a member of the Administrators group on the computer that is running KMS.
  2. Start a Command Prompt with elevated privileges.
    • For Windows Server 2008 R2:
      • Click Start, click All Programs, expand Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
    • For Windows Server 2012:
      • On the Start screen, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
        If Command Prompt is not on the Start screen:
      • Right-click Computer, click All apps, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  3. In the User Account Control dialog box, click Yes.
  4. In the Administrator: Command Prompt window, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    cscript slmgr.vbs /dlv all
    To view information only for Office 2013, specify the Activation ID after the /dlv parameter. For example:
    cscript slmgr.vbs /dlv 2E28138A-847F-42BC-9752-61B03FFF33CD
    The following is an example of the output. Note the line that says: “License Status: Licensed”. This line indicates that your KMS host is successfully activated.
    Name: Office 15, OfficeKMSHostVL_KMS_Host edition
    Description: Office 15, VOLUME_KMS channel
    Activation ID: 2e28138a-847f-42bc-9752-61b03fff33cd
    Application ID: 0ff1ce15-a989-479d-af46-f275c6370663
    Extended PID: 05426-00206-234-001162-03-1033-9200.0000-0992013
    Installation ID: 020650770493837252929082195773527024195725809211989214
    Use License URL: https://activation.sls.microsoft.com/SLActivateProduct/SLActiva
    Validation URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=187557
    Partial Product Key: KDQ2G
    License Status: Licensed
    Remaining Windows rearm count: 1000
    Trusted time: 4/9/2013 9:58:33 AM
    Key Management Service is enabled on this machine
        Current count: 0
        Listening on Port: 1688
        DNS publishing enabled
        KMS priority: Normal
    Key Management Service cumulative requests received from clients
        Total requests received: 0
        Failed requests received: 0
        Requests with License Status Unlicensed: 0
        Requests with License Status Licensed: 0
        Requests with License Status Initial grace period: 0
        Requests with License Status License expired or Hardware out of tolerance: 0
        Requests with License Status Non-genuine grace period: 0
        Requests with License Status Notification: 0
  5. Close the Administrator: Command Prompt window.