This article summarizes the most important facts about Office 2010 MAK activation. Among other things, you will learn about the ways to deploy the MAK key, about MAK independent activation and MAK proxy activation.
In the last post of this series, I discussed Office 2010 KMS activation. Today, I will have a look at the second option that Microsoft provides for volume activation—the Office 2010 MAK activation. Like in my previous post, I will only list the most important facts you have to know.
Office 2010 MAK activation key facts
- MAK stands for Multiple Activation Key. This doesn’t stop people from saying “MAK key.”
- A MAK key can be used to activate multiple Office 2010 installations, contrary to an ordinary product key that can only be used to activate one installation. The number of possible activations depends on the number of Office licenses you have purchased.
- Unlike with KMS activation, every machine has to be activated only once. You have to activate Office 2010 again only when significant hardware changes (for instance, the hard drive) occur.
- You can get MAK keys at the Volume Licensing Service Center.
- The MAK key has to be deployed to the Office 2010 installation. There are five ways to do this— two before you deploy Office 2010 and three after installation.
Before Office 2010 deployment:
Office Customization Tool (OCT): OCT is part of the Office 2010 setup program and can be started with setup.exe /admin. During the procedure you can enter the product key (MAK).
Config.xml file: If you deploy Office 2010 through a network installation, you can use config.xml to specify the MAK key.
After Office 2010 deployment:
Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 2.0: VAMT is a free Microsoft tool that allows you to deploy MAK keys (among other things).
Backstage view: The Backstage view is the new menu in Office 2010 that you can access by clicking “File” in an Office application. You can find product activation under “Help.”
ospp.vbs script: The ospp.vbs script can be found in the Office 2010 installation folder (%installdir%\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14). The script can be used to configure Office 2010.
- There are two different ways to activate Office 2010 with VAMT: MAK independent activation and MAK proxy activation. With MAK independent activation, each computer will contact Microsoft’s activation service, whereas with MAK proxy activation only the computer where VAMT is installed needs access to the Internet. You can choose the activation method in the VAMT user interface.
- Additional reading:
Configure and deploy volume activation of Office 2010
Plan for volume activation of Office 2010