Try Office 2010 Free for Six Months

18 05 2010

Now you can try out Office 2010 for 180 days instead of usual 30 days. You should say thanks to a little-know trick designed for corporate users.  This tool enables systems administration to “re-arm” product’s grace period up to five times before they need to enter product’s activation key. Home users can take advantage of same trick to get them a free six-month trial. Microsoft certify that a short command documented on its TechNet support pages, enable users to reset office 2010’s activation timer before they need to enter 25 character product key. All they need to do is to run a file called ospprearm.exe at command prompt. This file is found in C:\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Office Software Protection Platform by default.

This file can be run up to five times. If users reset the activation counter each time then they can elapse 30-days trial period and can extend trial to a maximum 180 days before they have to supply an activation key. The reset feature of Microsoft office is not a bug and Microsoft says it’s aimed at enterprise administration, enabling them to create software images that they can use to deploy operating system to a number of systems over a period of months. The reset technique must be used on a full copy of Office 2010 rather than a time-limited trial, which comes with its own time limited activation code which must be entered when the first software installed.

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