Which version of MS Office requires internet to activate?

January 11, 2015 at 14:18:26
Specs: XP SP3, 3Ghz, 4GB Ram

I use an image for all my same brand laptops and was wondering which version of MS Office does not require internet connectivity to activate? I heard MS Office 97 does not but I want something with a newer interface when working in Windows XP.

I definitely know that MS Office 2007 checks using the internet because by the time I used the image on the third computer it was giving me an activation pop-up and stopped working.

What version of Microsoft Office can I use in my image so I won't ever have to worry about annoying activation pop-ups no matter how many personal computers I am using?

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January 11, 2015 at 15:38:10
As things are (as best I understand...) MS seemed to moderate/change their licensing arrangements a while back and it does allow for the same "Windows" key to be used on two computers - max. Currently you can install it on two computers only; the first being considered your main computer (usually a desktop/tower) and the second would be a laptop/portable (backup/home use when away from the office). Logically these days many offices (soho or otherwise) may use laptops entirely; so you could/would have two laptops with the same version of windows installed (with the same key).

M$ licensing is konphusing at times; but they do allow that option with win-7 etc. and I think it applies to win-8; possibly with XP although it had a different licensing system at its arrival.

I think it applies equally to M$-Office suites or components thereof. But going for three installations with the same key is definite no. You would need more legit keys; possibly considering a volume license arrangement?

Office'97 is likely around very cheaply these days; even though it is somewhat dated - almost arcane by current versions... Which having said I know people who were using it until about a year ago - on XP systems and win-7 too; although Outlook '97 wasn't too well supported with win-7 (user's password for outbound mail wasn't retained and had to be entered each time).

You could consider Open Office, or FreeOffice, or Office Libre which interface well with M$ Office formats by all accounts. They can be installed on as many systems as you require... and issues re' licensing etc... They can read M$ Office formats; and export files in them similarly.




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January 11, 2015 at 19:02:42
I think versions of Office 2000 did not have internet activation. Newer than 97 but still 15 years old by now. I know for sure that Office XP, which followed Office 2000, does require internet activation.

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January 12, 2015 at 11:22:09
OpenOffice opens just as quick as MS Office on my 3Ghz computer, however, on my 2Ghz computers it still takes around 6 annoying seconds to bring up an OpenOffice program.

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January 12, 2015 at 12:10:21
As long as the computer in question doesn't go on-line when using the Office suite in question.. then logically it wouldn't go hunting for, or seek to verify itself, or find updates?

Re' firewall options to prevent M$-Office going on-line; can't comment as never tried it...

As best I understand... M$ Updates (however applied)will require a check to see if the software being "updated" is legitimately installed; and if it finds it's not then the updates will fail? Although it may be possible to download/save them (as per a typical update to be done over a lan (off-line) and then apply them; but again haven't tried it so can't say for sure.

I appreciate six seconds is six seconds.. but is it that serious a delay?

If one created an image which included Open Office or similar (rather than M$_Office) then one would be operating (legally) as though using an image with M$-Office - but with OpenOffice as the main office suite/app?

I think you're trying to circumvent the M$ licensing regulations; and while I can't blame you... (when it applies to dated software), I can't say as I fully support the idea either... older M$ software is around quite cheap at computer fairs, clearance houses; and also eBay etc... Occasionally one may come across someone who has older software (M$ Office being an example) which they don't use anymore; thus they can donate/sell or otherwise pass on to another - with the legit keys (as long as they cease to use that software thereafter)?

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January 12, 2015 at 13:02:08

re: "I think you're trying to circumvent the M$ licensing regulations; and while I can't blame you... (when it applies to dated software), I can't say as I fully support the idea either."

Since we are bordering on discussing a solution that will circumvent MS licensing regulations, I'm going to ask that you discontinue any further comments that lead the OP down that path. I appreciate your comments that you do not fully support the idea.


As a long time member of computing.net, I assume that you are aware that the first violation listed in the computing.net forum rules reads as follows:

Asking for help pirating, cracking passwords, or bypassing copyright protection.


Outdated software or not, if the application is trying to phone home and you are trying to prevent that communication so that you can install multiple (illegal) copies, I respectfully request that you look elsewhere for that answer.

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January 12, 2015 at 13:41:51
ha ha ha ha, so much for including as much information, thanks for the link to the Terms of the site

I apologize for crossing the boundaries of the Terms.

I hope my edits to my responses and inquiry are more suitable.

This post is not for "illegal" purposes as I am the owner of the software and have activated the software via internet b4 creating the image.

Thank you for your concern, the reminder of the Terms to use this site and allowing me to correct my posts.

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January 12, 2015 at 14:35:16
An image made from one computer doesn't allow one to install that image (with its associated Keys) to more than one - i.e. the computer from which it was made (or possibly two computers).

@ DerbyDad03 - agree with the policy statement/reminder as we are bordering on "illegals" here. Hence my advice to hunt out cheap legit copies wherever; or secure a volume license agreement; or use a free Office substitute package.

My last post above was actually my warning re' illegals etc; and also my final in terms of response to the overall post.

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January 12, 2015 at 18:31:11

re: This post is not for "illegal" purposes as I am the owner of the software and have activated the software via internet b4 creating the image.

I will not claim to be a MS Licensing expert, but as far as I understand it, you need some sort of volume licensing agreement (or at least multiple licenses) in order to install and use MS office on more than one machine. There are some versions (Office 365?) which allows up to 5 PC/Mac up installs and 5 tablets, but it doesn't sound like that is what you are trying to install. Just because you activated a single copy doesn't - as far as I know - give you the right to copy the software to other machines.

If you want the most accurate answer to the question in your OP regarding which version of Office to use in your image, on as many machines as you want, I suggest you call MicroSoft and ask them.

As for denying it access to the internet if I choose to not allow anything to access the internet that is my choice and not a choice made by the creators of this site, just saying.

It appears that you may have missed the point of my comment. Feel free to block access to the internet for any purpose you like. You are right, that has nothing to do with this site. However, in terms of the rules of this site, just don't ask us to help you figure out if that will allow you to circumvent the licensing rules of a given application. You will note that I didn't say that you were trying to circumvent the licensing rules of MS Office, only that the Q&A appeared to be heading in that direction. I just wanted to make sure it didn't go much farther.

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