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How to Transfer Microsoft Office To Another Computer

Updated by Daisy on Mar 12, 2021
Written by Roxanne

"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?"

3 Ways to Transfer Microsoft Office To New/Another 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
1. Transfer Office with Software On the source PC, select "PC to PC" on the main screen of EaseUS Todo PCTrans and move on...Full steps
2. Move Office with 365 Subscription Deactivate the Subscription on Your Old Computer > Install MS Office on the New Computer...Full steps
3. Transfer Microsoft Office Manually Check the license type of MS Office > Uninstall MS Office from your old PC...Full steps

Note: If you have Office 365/2016 subscription on your old PC, you need to deactivate the subscription first, then transfer Microsoft Office to a new device, and reactivate it. If your Office is a non-subscription version, skip the deactivation steps.

To 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"

how to deactivate Office

Way 1. Transfer Microsoft Office To Another Computer (All Versions)

Applies to: Microsoft Office 2003/2007/2010/2013/2016/2019/365

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

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.

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Download this application migration tool and follow the steps below to transfer 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

EaseUS Todo PCTrans features to export Product key, but the subscription version is not on the list. If you have not found your unique product key, you can get more help from Extra Tips.

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Way 2. Transfer Office To Another Computer with Office 365 Subscription

Applies to: Microsoft Office subscription versions

If you've got a Microsoft Office subscription, then it would have been linked to your account. All you need to do is deactivate your Office 365 subscription from your first computer, install it on your new system, and activate the subscription there. 

Step 1. Deactivate the Subscription on Your Old Computer

  • First, you need to unlink your previous computer with your Office 365 subscription.
  • Go to the Microsoft account website. Launch a web browser on the old computer that currently has Microsoft Office on it.
  • Log in to the Microsoft Store with your MS Account.
  • Click "Install" > Click "Deactivate Install" under the Installed column > Click "Deactivate".

how to deactivate the Office subscription

Then, you can go to "Control Panel > Add or Remove a Program" and simply uninstall MS Office from your first computer.

Step 2. Install MS Office on the New Computer

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

  • Go to the Microsoft account website again on your new computer and log into the Microsoft Store with your MS account.
  • Click "Install" to download the setup file and click on the setup file when it finishes downloading.

install Microsoft Office 365 on another PC

  • Click "Run" on the pop-up window and click "Next" > "Next" to continue.
  • Click "Sign In" to verify with your MS account, follow the onscreen instructions to finish installing MS Office on your new computer.

run Office 365 on the new PC

Step 3. Authenticate the Office 365/2016 Subscription

To complete the setup, you need to enter your product key so that it can be linked to your account. 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.

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

Authenticate the Office 365/2016 subscription on your new PC/laptop

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.

Way 3. Manually Transfer Office To Another Computer (Non-Subscription)

If you have a Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013 license instead that is not connected to Office 365, then the process would be slightly different. You need to check your license type first.

Step 1. Check the license type of MS Office

This is the most important thing that you need to do before you transfer your MS Office to any other computer.

Tip
Only the "Retail" and "FPP" license allows concurrent installation and the 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.
  • 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\.
  • Type cscript OSPP.VBS" /dstatus, then press "Enter".

how to manually transfer Microsoft Office to another computer

Step 2. Uninstall MS Office from your old PC

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 Microsoft Office on the old computer or laptop

Step 3. Install and authenticate MS Office on your new PC

Now, install MS Office 2010/2013 on your new computer. If it already has a trial MS Office version, delete it first. Later, you can use the MS Office installer (or its CD) on your new PC to perform its setup.

  • 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.

Extra Tips to Microsoft Office Transfer in Windows 10/8.1/8/7

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 PC-Transfer page or use the Search option to find more solutions on the EaseUS website.

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 them to the new computer with ease.

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How to Copy MS Office from Laptop to Pen Drive?

On this page, you will get the right answer to move Office from one computer to another in two ways.

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How many license types are there for MS?

Here is a PARTIAL list of license types MS has used for Office:

  1. FPP- Full Product Pack, AKA "big ugly yellow Plastic CD holder box", AKA "Retail Box", can also be bought online
  2. HUP - Home Use Program, a variation of the FPP, Corporate discount (ABSOLUTE BEST DEAL if you can get it)
  3. OEM - installed by the manufacturer at the factory, no CD
  4. POSA (2010) point of sale activation includes a product key but no media, obtained from a retail or online store as applicable
  5. NFR -  Not for Resale. Disks are not for Retail resale.  They are typically given away for promotional reasons
  6. ACADEMIC - for sale to specific post-secondary education student (discontinued)

For consumers wanting to move a license, the only relevant license type is the "Retail" or "FPP" type license. It has 2 key license terms: number of concurrent installations allowed, and right to transfer.

How to find a product key for Microsoft Office?

  • Find your Product Key in Email or Documentation
  • Visit the Microsoft website. (https://login.live.com/login.srf)
  • Contacting Microsoft to get Office product key

How to Transfer Office?

MS did not provide any simple process for transferring a license. The resulting process is entirely manual:

  • Uninstall from the current computer
  • Install on the new computer
  • Uninstall the factory-installed trial (Optional)
  • Activate on the new computer using same Product Key

Conclusion

After reading this guide on how to transfer Microsoft Office to another computer, you would be able to meet your needs. For me, Way 1 is the most effective one. This solution takes fewer manual steps and makes Microsoft Office transfer easy and fast.

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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