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Windows Server 2016 – Office 2010 KMS Activation

Introduction

I was asked to install a KMS Server for Office 2010/2016, Windows Client (7/10) and Windows Server (2008/2012/2016). The intention was to replace all KMS servers that were build up in the last 10 years by a KMS server hosted on Windows Server 2016. I’ve started to install the KMS Keys for clients and servers as I’ve already explained for Server 2012 R2 in “Windows 10 / Office 2016 – KMS Activation“. For Office 2016 I’ve just had to install “Microsoft Office 2016 Volume License Pack” and the activation was working fine. In the last step I’ve tried to install “Microsoft Office 2010 KMS Host License Pack” that is necessary for Office 2010 KMS activation but I haven’t recognized that this package isn’t available for Server 2016.

“Windows Small Business Server 2003 and Windows Server 2016 are not supported.”

Nevertheless I’ve downloaded the Package and tried to install it on Windows Server 2016. As exspected I’ve received a error message.

Solution

I’ve noticed that the installation data is stored in “C:\Program Files (x86)\MSECache\OfficeKMS”. The installation is started by a vbs script that could be easily edited. After editing the script the installation worked fine. Here is how to do it:

Start the installation and wait for the error message. Do not close any installation window!

“Operating system not supported.”
  • Open the File Explorer and Navigate to “C:\Program Files (x86)\MSECache\OfficeKMS“.
  • Copy the folder to another place on your harddisk.
File Explorer – C:\Program Files (x86)\MSECache\OfficeKMS
  • Close the error message.
  • Open the copied folder.
File Explorer – Copied Folder “Office KMS”

Open “kms_host.vbs” with a text editor and replace

  • If (Ver(0) = “6” And Ver(1) >= “2”) Or (Ver(0) >= “7”) Then

by

  • If (Ver(0) = “6” And Ver(1) >= “2”) Or (Ver(0) >= “7”) Or (Ver(0) = “10”) Then.
Compare kms_host.vbs old vs. new

Run the modified vbs script “cscript kms_host.vbs


After performing these steps. The installation will run without any error messages. Ensure that the installation was successfull by running slmgr.vbs /dlv all. The KMS service sould now present you “Microsoft Office 2010, KMSHost edition“.

After that you can easily activate your KMS keys as explained in the following chapter.

This is officially not supported by Microsoft. Nevertheless it is working fine 😉

The official way is to install a Microsoft Windows Server 2012!

 

Activation by Command Line

Step 1 – Office 2010

Type the following command to integrate your volume license key to the KMS server.

If the key isn’t accepted by the server you will receive the error 0xC004F015.

Step 2 – Office 2010

Display the installation ID that is necessary for telephone activation. You have to add “bfe7a195-4f8f-4f0b-a622-cf13c7d16864” to receive the Office 2010 “Installation ID” otherwise you will receive the “Installation ID” for Windows Server 2016 / Windows 10.

Step 3 – Office 2010

Activate your KMS key by calling Microsoft hotline for product actiavtion and enter your “Installation ID” by telephone. You will receive a “Confirmation ID” that must be entered by the following command. You have to add “bfe7a195-4f8f-4f0b-a622-cf13c7d16864” for Office 2010 activation otherwise you’ll try to activate Windows Server 2016 / Windows 10 with an Office “Confirmation ID”.

You are done with the Office 2010 key integration.

slmgr.vbs /dli bfe7a195-4f8f-4f0b-a622-cf13c7d16864

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