How to Transfer MS Office to a New Computer

By Nick Peers

You can transfer Microsoft Office 2013 to another computer and activate it with the old license once every 90 days. Note that Microsoft allows you to transfer the software sooner if your hardware fails. All Office 2013 licenses are transferable, so you need to just deactivate the install on the old computer -- if you don't have any more installs left -- and then install and activate Office on the new PC. Licenses can be deactivated from your Microsoft account with just a few mouse clicks. Keep in mind that you are required to uninstall Office from the old computer when you deactivate it.

Deactivating and Uninstalling Office

Step 1

Log in to your Microsoft account and then click the "Deactivate Install" link next to your computer's name in the Install Information section. Confirm your action to deactivate Office.

Step 2

Press "Windows-X" and choose "Programs and Features" from the Start context menu to open the Programs and Features section of the Control Panel.

Step 3

Select the "Microsoft Office 2013" program and then click the "Uninstall" button. Click "Uninstall" to confirm and uninstall Office from your computer. The process usually takes around five minutes.

Installing Office on Another Computer

Step 1

Log in to your Microsoft account on the second computer and then click the "Install" button in the Install Information section.

Step 2

Click the "Run" button to start downloading and installing Office 2013. In some Web browsers, you have to click "Save File" and then double-click the downloaded file to start the Setup wizard.

Step 3

Click "Next" after the Setup wizard successfully connects to your Microsoft account. Click "No thanks, maybe later" if you don't need to access your online documents and settings.

Step 4

Click "Next" to start installing Office 2013. The process usually takes around 10 minutes. Click the "All Done" button after the installation is complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are unable to uninstall Microsoft Office from the Control Panel, download the fix from the "How to Uninstall Office 2013 or Office 365" page (link in Resources) and run it after you close all Office applications.
  • If you never added the Office product to your Microsoft account, open the Microsoft Office Setup page (link in Resources) and type the product key into the text fields. Click "Get Started" to log in to your account and start installing the software. If you don't have a Microsoft account, you need to create one.
  • The product key contains 25 characters and can be found on the card that came inside the Office 2013 package. If your computer came with Office 2013 installed, you can find the product key on the computer's Certificate of Authenticity. If you purchased and downloaded the Office suite online, the product is added to your Microsoft account automatically; you don't need to input the product key.
  • All Microsoft Office 2013 suites can be installed on a single PC and for a single user. Microsoft Office 365 Home can be installed on up to five PCs or Macs. Office 365 Personal can be installed on one PC or Mac and one tablet. Office 365 University can be installed on two PCs, Macs or tablets. You can install the Office 365 Small Business Premium suite on five PCs or Macs and five tablets. All licenses can be transferred once every 90 days.
  • If you want to install Office using the DVD, insert the DVD into the optical drive, click "Run setup.exe" or double-click the "setup.exe" file, install the product and then use the product key on the card to activate it.
  • You don't need to deactivate an install if you have at least one unused install. Just click the "Install" button to install Office on another computer.
  • According to Microsoft's terms and conditions, you must uninstall the Office software from the old computer before you transfer it to the new PC. Furthermore, you are prohibited from retaining any copies of the software.