install Office 365 Home Premium

Dear All,

Installed the software on one pc (W 8.1) without problems. No on installing at the second system needed to login into a Microsoft Account. Since this was a new account it needed a confirmation. The confirmation e-mail arrived on an other system. After I confirmed the account it went on to start the installation on that system (here I do not want to install office 365 yet)

Going back to the system I wanted to install office in the first place doesn't work. It does not accept the product key anymore and point me to buy office 365 again.

How do I make sure that the product keys stay valid and most important how can I make a fresh start to install the package using one of the Product Keys left.

Thanks, Jan

Office 365 activation works differently than previous local installs.  365 is "cloud" based.

The way a 365 subscription, ie Home Premium, works is:
  • You buy a subscription, which gives you a product key
  • you install Office 365 (or use a factory installed free trial)
  • you, the "owner"/"administrator" of the license activate it
  • Activation associates the product key with your email address

Now the administrator can activate Office on up to 5 devices at the same time and to control which machines it is currently activated on.  After the administrator does the initial activation, you no longer use the product key for installation / activation on new machines, because the key was associated with your email ID.  Instead, you use the MyAccount web site to install and activate on new machines.

Here are some links on installing and activating 365 licenses:


Initial Install Office on your PC or Mac with Office 365 -


Video 1:02 minute: Activate / Deactivate your Office 365 installs



Video 1:02 minute: Install Office on more than one computer

You can install your Office 365 2013 Home premium license on up to 5 devices. On each of those devices, multiple family members can have Windows accounts to access the Office apps you installed. You can install Office 365 Home Premium on up to five Mac or PC computers. You can even install it on a family member’s computer. Before you start, check the system requirements to make sure your computer can run Office.  You will access


Install Office 365 Home Premium on a family member's computer


Managing Office 365 installations: activating, deactivating, and reactivating - note: Although this article refers to Pro Plus, the process is the same for other Office 365 bundles

DHB   28 Nov 2012 9:39 AM

Being able to install and use Office on up to 5 PCs at the same time is one benefit of your organization having an Office 365 subscription with Office 365 ProPlus. For example, a user could have Office installed on the following computers:

·      a desktop computer in her office

·      a laptop that she uses when traveling

·      a home computer

Even though Office is installed on three different computers, only one Office 365 license is used. 

So how do you manage to keep track of all these installations?  What happens if the user already has Office installed on 5 computers, but needs to install Office on another computer? 

This blog post will cover both the user experience of managing Office 365 ProPlus installations and what aspects the Office 365 administrator can control. Why are we focusing on the user experience in a blog for IT Pros?  As you will see, the Office 365 user, not the administrator, actually plays the central role in managing Office 365 ProPlus installations. But administrators will need to be prepared to answer questions from users about such things as activation and deactivation, because these will be new and unfamiliar concepts for most users. 

As we go through the user experience in this blog post, we will provide some administrator-specific information. And the blog post finishes up with additional information for the administrator to consider for managing Office 365 ProPlus installations.


This article includes following subtitles:

  • Viewing a list of Office 365 installations

·      Activating an Office 365 installation

·      Deactivating an Office 365 installation

·      Reactivating an Office 365 installation

·      Some considerations for Office 365 administrators



Here are some additional, "optional" reading links about additional features of 365 that you may not be aware of, but should be.

****************** Optional Reading *********************


Here are some additional tips about 365 features you may not be aware of


Video 1:15 minute: Adding family members to your Office 365 2013 5 installations - Share Skydrive space - right at the end of this video it says after the admin sets up the Office 365 access, other user accounts on the computer can access the skydrive space. I (Rohn007) have not tested this myself.

The end of this video says you all share access to the 20GB of additional skydrive space. That implies they probably have access to the Skype time too.


Video 1:41 minute: Get the most out of your Office 365 subscription


Office 2013 Video Guides

This page has 6 video guides. The first one is a 20 minute intro to 2013 specific features. The other videos are more about deploying 2013.


Video 1:21 minute: Use Office anywhere with Office on Demand

Go to Log in with you account ID. Open any file from skydrive and a full copy of the App will run.


Office on Demand


Using Office on Demand in Office 2013

Turn on the “Roaming” addon


FAQ- How can I re-install Office? / I purchased Office 365 Home Premium. How do I install Office on another computer?

If you purchased Office 365 Home Premium, you can reinstall Office at any time at by signing in with your Microsoft account. You do not need your Product Key to reinstall or install Office on additional computers.


Why sign in? Your files and settings are always waiting for you with Office 365


Integrate 365 / Local Install Office

If you have Office 2010 or Office 2007 on your computer, you can use it with Office 365.


Use my current Office desktop apps with Office 365 - connect office 365

Install Office Professional Plus with Office 365

You can set up Office 2010 and Office 2007 to connect to Office 365. An online tool that you can run from the Downloads page does most of the work for you.  Set up your desktop for Office 365 (steps 4 through 6)

After you’ve signed in to Office 365 for the first time, you can set up your current Office desktop applications to work with Office 365. If you’re using Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010, run Office 365 desktop setup to connect your desktop applications to Office 365. After you set up your desktop, you’ll be able to:

Get your Office 365 email (and more) in Outlook on your desktop


Connect Office 365 to your Outlook desktop application - Associate


Slow Word 2013

I experienced a similar issue with slow typing speed in Office 365 Word. I edit a substantial number of Word and Excel documents for work and found the SkyDrive storage incredibly beneficial for working remotely.

I realized though that documents which are being edited from Skydrive, not a local copy, experience the slow typing speed issue.

The fix:   From word:  File, Options. Word Options has an advanced tab on the left labeled 'advanced'. About 3/4 of the way down, a category for 'Save' options exists. The default setting has 'Allow Background Saves' checked. I uncheck this option and instead check 'Always create backup copy' and 'Copy remotely stored files onto your computer, and update the remote file when saving'.

I assume that if you're storing the files on Skydrive, or Dropbox, or web, or maybe even some external drive or flash memory this background save could be lagging and result in typing slowness. Either way, I changed the advanced options, and no more problem. Maybe it'll work for you.

Excel didn't have the option, and I usually save a local copy anyways due to the working file size.

*I run windows 7 with office 365 and windows surface pro with win 8 and office 365. 4gb memory each.


Slow Excel 2013 - Rubber band effect, delayed Response time when typing – Disable Animation feature

In Office 2013 MS added a funky new UI feature called “Animation”. It is supposed to “smooth out”, or some such nonsense, cursor movement in the applications. I first noticed it in Excel 2013. I found it so annoying that that “feature” alone was enough to completely turn me off from using the whole Office 2013 bundle. Fortunately, or not (?), I found these fixes.

<snip> Hi, I have exactly the same problem, Excel2013.

Just opened a new spread sheet, typed the nr 1 in cell A1 to A22, took me about 10 seconds.

Took excel 55 seconds to display, looks like slow motion.  </snip>


The article in the first link has a link to another article with a downloadable file that will make the change without you having to edit the registry manually


There's an easier fix for the "rubber band" animations in Excel - just turn them off in File menu > Options command > Advanced option > Display section > turn on “Disable hardware graphics acceleration”

*********** Registry Hacks ********* - Reg hack - Reg hack

Note, you may have to also add the “Graphics” key.


To see the effect of disabling Office 2013 animation, you’ll need to reboot your computer. 

To reverse the effect, change the value of the added DWORD to its default of 0.



Alternate, related solution

I'm using Windows 8, and found a different solution there:

To disable Windows animations (this is secondary IMHO, but may be required):

·     On the metro start screen type Edit,

·     <tab>, <down Arrow> to then move the search results down 1 to "Settings"

·     "Edit system environment variables" is the first thing in second column on my search results, yours may vary

·     double click on it

·     provide the admin password to display the "System Properties" dialog

·     In the "Advanced" tab, Performance section, click on the "Settings..." button to display the "Performance Options" dialog

·     Personally, I prefer to select the "Adjust for Best Performance" option to get rid of the frilly "bells & whistles" that do not contribute to efficiency of my system.

·     At a minimum, confirm that the "Animate controls and elements inside Windows" option is disabled/unchecked.

·     Click on Apply

·     OK out

·     boot the computer


Under options > advanced > turn off  “allow editing directly in cells”


Here is another idea worth looking at :<snip>

I have had this problem also when authoring user guides.


Eventually I found that if I switched off the "Maintain compatibility" check box in the Save As dialog the problem disappeared.

Word may be scanning each element to make sure it maintains compatibility.


See this screen capture:




Visio 2013 Slow

Turn off Hardware Acceleration

Visio 2013 x86 was super slow on a Dell Vostro machine running Windows 7 Professional x64. After a series of troubleshooting, I traced the problem to the accelerated graphics. Just disable the it. Here's how: Go to Visio Options > Advanced, scroll down you should see "Disable hardware graphics acceleration". Check the square box. This issue is most noticeably on machine with dual video chip set.


Calming Down the Grandpa in Office 2013 - Fix UC Tab - Upper Case Tab - Capital Tab

Graphic instruction for fixing the all upper case tab labels design mistake


Video to change “Theme” and Application “Backgrounds” - Video instructions


Change Office Theme

Curiously it's not in Outlook.  Open Word and go to File | Options. You'll see the "Office Background" setting halfway down that first dialog. That will change it for the whole suite.


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so you’d think we’d be able to communicate quite well with people.
Prof. Doug Fisher

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