KMS activation of Office 2013


Applies to: Office 2013

Summary: Lists articles that provide information about Key Management Service (KMS) activation for Office 2013.

Audience: IT Professionals

Are you a user?

If you’re activating a personal copy of Office 2013 install, see Activate Office 2013 programs instead.

Are you an admin?

If you’re an admin for a volume license edition of Office 2013 and want to review the steps for KMS activation, you’re at the right place, keep reading.

Key Management Service (KMS) activates computers on a local network, eliminating the need for individual computers to connect to Microsoft. To do this, KMS uses a client–server model, and KMS client computers can find KMS host computers by using Domain Name System (DNS) or a static configuration.


This information applies to volume license editions of Office 2013. It does not apply to Office 365 ProPlus. Office 365 ProPlus is licensed through a subscription. For more information, see Office 365 ProPlus Deployment Guide.

Office 2013 logoThe following table lists and describes articles about volume activation for Office 2013.

Articles about KMS volume activation for Office 2013

Article Description

Prepare and set up the Office 2013 KMS host

Explains how to prepare and set up an Office 2013 KMS host computer.

Set up DNS for Office 2013 volume activation

A brief article about DNS considerations for KMS activation.

Set up Office 2013 KMS clients

Describes how to prepare and configure the Office 2013 client for KMS volume activation.

Rearm the Office 2013 installation

Describes how to rearm the KMS Office installation.

See also

Volume activation of Office 2013
Activate Office 2013 MAK clients
Active Directory-based activation of Office 2013
Troubleshoot volume activation for Office 2013