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How to Transfer Microsoft Office from One Laptop to Another

Roxanne updated on Dec 16, 2020 to PC Transfer | How-to Articles

Can I Transfer Microsoft Office from One Computer to Another

"I have MS Office Professional 2013 running on my laptop. And I have bought a new one and I would like to move the application to the new laptop. Is it possible to transfer Microsoft Office to a new computer? How Do I transfer my MS Office 2013 with or without product key to the new computer?"

When you get a new computer and plan to replace your old one, you may want to transfer Microsoft Office to another computer. Unlike data transfer, moving programs to a new computer is a little bit difficult because of the activation problem. On this page, you'll find three reliable solutions on helping you resolve how to transfer Microsoft Office to another computer.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Transfer Microsoft Office to New Computer (Office 365/2016 Subscription) Deactivate subscription > Run EaseUS Pro version on both PC > Select the office program...Full steps
Fix 2. Transfer Microsoft Office 2010/2013/2019 to New Computer (Non-subscription) Figure out your license type > Transfer Office to another computer...Full steps
Fix 3. Manually Transfer Microsoft Office to Another PC  Head to Microsoft account website on the old computer > Log...Full steps

No matter which Office version you used, EaseUS Todo PCTrans does well in program transferring speed. You don't need to redownload it again and again. With the help of this PC program mover, finding a license/product key is accessible. Try the best way that suits you the most for MS Office migration between two computers.

Use Office Transfer Tool - EaseUS Todo PCTrans

For most MS Office users, the most concerning issue is that whether the Office license could be moved to the new computer. Professional PC transfer software - EaseUS Todo PCTrans could help. 

It allows you to copy Microsoft Office application and your MS account, find the product key, etc. to a new computer without reinstallation. It supports transferring Microsoft Office 2003/2007/2010/2013/2016/2019/365 on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 & Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019.

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#1. Transfer Microsoft Office to New Computer (Office 365/2016 Subscription)

If you have Office 365/2016 subscription on your old PC, you can deactivate the subscription first, then transfer software to a new device, and reactivate it.

Phrase 1. Deactivate Office 365/2016 subscription on your Old Computer

Go to the Official website and Sign in > choose My account > Under the Install section, choose Deactivate Install

deactivate office 1

Phrase 2. Move Microsoft Office to a New Computer

Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both PCs

On the source PC, select "PC to PC" on the main screen of EaseUS Todo PCTrans and move on.

select pc to pc transfer mode

Step 2. Connect two computers

1. Select your target PC to connect via its IP address or device name and click "Connect".

2. Enter the login password of your target PC and click "OK" to confirm.

If you didn't see the target PC in the listed devices, you can also click "Add PC" to manually connect the target PC by inputting its IP address or device name.

connect two PCs

3. Set the transfer direction - "Transfer from this PC to other PC" and click "OK" to continue.

Step 3. Select apps, programs, and software and transfer to the target computer

1. Click "Edit" on the application section, then you can open up the application list.

Then you can select and choose what you want to transfer from the current computer to the target PC.

select apps to transfer from PC to PC

2. After selecting desired applications and programs, click "Finish" to confirm.

At last, click "Transfer" to start the transferring process. 

transfer apps to computer

Phrase 3. Open Office 365/2016 on the New Computer and Re-activate it

If you have not found your unique product key, you can check how to find Microsoft Office product key. EaseUS Todo PCTrans features to export Product key, but the subscription version is not on the list.

#2. Transfer Microsoft Office 2010/2013/2019 to New Computer (Non-subscription)

Phrase 1. Check your license type of Microsoft Office

  • Search CMD on the box and run as administrator.
  • Type the command to get the information. For 32 bit, input cd c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\. For 64 bit, input cd c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\.

cmd office license type

  • Type cscript OSPP.VBS" /dstatus, then press Enter.
Only the "Retail" and "FPP" license allows concurrent installation and right to transfer. In other words, if your license is a "Retail" or "FPP" type, you can directly install the Microsoft Office on your new PC and activate it with your license. No actual transferring is needed. 

The window will display your license type. Then you can follow the guide to transfer office to new computer. 

Phrase 2. Transfer Microsoft Office to Another Computer

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans and select the transfer mode.

  • Download and install EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both of your computers.
  • Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on the PCs and choose "PC to PC" on one of the computers.
select transfer mode

Step 2. Connect the source PC and the target PC.

  • Choose one method to connect the current PC to the target PC: enter the target computer's account password or its verification code. You can click and check the verification code on the right top of the "PC to PC" mainscreen on the target computer.
  • Choose the transfer direction and click "Connect".
connect the PCs

Step 3. Select Office to transfer.

  • Hover on "Applications" and choose "Edit".
  • In the list, Choose Microsoft Office and click "Finish".
select the application

Step 4. Transfer Microsoft Office to another PC.

  • Click "Transfer" to start transferring Microsoft Office to another PC.
  • Wait for the transfer process to finish and then click "OK".
transfer application from PC to PC

Step 5. Save the product key to activate Microsoft Office.

  • Back to the interface to click "Product Key".
  • In the list, click "Copy" to save the activation key.
product key 1

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View the display of the "PC to PC" function!

Besides Office, you can also use EaseUS Todo PCTrans to migrate applications, files and even Windows account settings from one PC to another. And you may also use it to transfer apps between local drives so as to free up your C drive space. 

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Manual Way: Transfer Microsoft Office to New Computer

As we've mentioned that if your MS Office product key supports concurrent installation (Retail or FPP type), you may directly jump to the activation phrase in this part to install and re-activate Office on your new computer.

If your Office key doesn't support concurrent installation or it has reached the limit, you have to follow the whole manual process to move MS Office: Deactivate - Uninstall - Reinstall - Re-activate Office.

How to Move Microsoft Office to New Computer (Microsoft 365/2016)

Transfer Microsoft Office to New Computer (Office 2010/2013/2019)

Here, we'll take Office 365 as an example to show you how to manually move Microsoft Office to a new computer. Or let's follow another article to transfer Office 365 to new computer.

How to Move Microsoft Office to New Computer (Microsoft 365/2016)

Phrase 1 - Deactivate the Subscription on Your Old Computer

Before you download Microsoft Office on the new computer, you must deactivate it from the older computer in your Office account, then you can install it on the new computer.

Step 1. Go to the Microsoft account website. Launch a web browser on the old computer that currently has Microsoft Office on it.

Step 2. Log in to the Microsoft Store with your MS Account.

Step 3. Click "Install" > Click "Deactivate Install" under the Installed column > Click "Deactivate".

Deactivate MS Office.

Step 4. Go to "Control Panel" > Click "Uninstall a program" > Locate and right-click on "Microsoft Office" > Select "Uninstall".

Phrase 2 - Install MS Office on the New Computer

Remember to download and install the compatible MS Office version that matches your product key.  Let's continue with the following steps:

Step 1. Go to the Microsoft account website again on your new computer and log into the Microsoft Store with your MS account.

Step 2. Click "Install" to download the setup file and click on the setup file when it finishes downloading.

Reinstall MS Office on New PC.

Step 3. Click "Run" on the pop-up window and click "Next" > "Next" to continue.

Insall MS Office on new computer.

Step 4. Click "Sign In" to verify with your MS account, follow the onscreen instructions to finish installing MS Office on your new computer.

Transfer MS Office to new PC.

All you need is to wait for a couple of seconds for the process to complete. After this, you can use Microsoft Office on your new computer again. 

Phase 3. Authenticate the Office 365/2016 Subscription

After downloading Microsoft Office to the new computer, you still need to activate it on the new laptop. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Find the product key for Office re-activation on the new computer.

If you have saved the product key in advance, activate it. If no, follow to locate the product key supplied with your copy of Microsoft Office:

1. For a boxed version, the product key can be found on the inside of the DVD case.

2. For a purchased digital version, the product key is sent together with the order confirmation email.

What's more, you can also check your Office product key by visiting this Microsoft account website (https://acount.microsoft.com/services) and enter your MS account. Finally, click "View product key" to overview your 25 character keys.

find the office product key on the official website

Step 2. After getting the product key, run any Microsoft Office application - Word or Excel, etc., click "Activate" and type in your 25 character product key. Sign in with your MS account if necessary.

Manually Transfer Microsoft Office to New Computer (Office 2010/2013/2019)

Step 1. On the old PC, head to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Right-click the MS Office and click Uninstall. Follow the automatic guide to uninstall the program.

uninstall office via control panel

Step 2. Reinstall MS Office on the new PC.

Execute the install program, and find the product key to activate it.

Later, follow the online screen to finish the activation process. After this, you can reuse your MS Office on the new computer to continue with your work again.

FAQs about How to Move Microsoft Office to New Computer

If you have further questions on migrating Microsoft Office between two computers, follow the listed questions here for a quick overview. And if your questions are not included here, go to the File-Recovery page or use the Search option to find more solutions on EaseUS website (https://www.easeus.com).

1. Can you transfer Office 2016 to a new computer?

Yes. Office 2016 can be transferred to a new computer. One important thing is to make sure that your Office product key supports concurrent installation. If not, you need to deactivate it first on your source PC and uninstall the Office.

2. How do I transfer my Microsoft Office 2016 license to a new computer?

First, you need to find your product key. To do so, you may visit the Microsoft account website (https://acount.microsoft.com/services) and enter your MS account. Then, click "View product key" to find your 25 character keys. Last, you can manually copy or send the key to your new computer to re-activate it on the new device.

3. Can I transfer the Office to another computer without a product key?

If you purchased your Office as a digital download, the product key will be included in your order confirmation email. And you may also check it in your MS account. If you have an older version of MS Office, the product key is mostly printed on the box or package. 

In other words, you may directly use a third-party program such as EaseUS Todo PCTrans to directly transfer your Office to the new computer. Or you can uninstall it on the source PC and re-install one to the new PC to finish the migration process.

4. Is there a way to transfer MS Office with a flash drive?

If you copy the MS installation package to a new computer via the flash drive, it may not work due to the MS Office protection mechanism. Fortunately, third-party transfer software, such as EaseUS Todo PCTrans, can help you convert your MS Office applications into a USB flash drive and transfer to the new computer with ease.

If you need a detailed tutorial guide, refer to this link - Transfer MS Office to New PC with Flash Drive for help.

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