Extend your Office 365 free trial up to 180 days with this trick

By on April 16, 2013, 5:30 PM

A relatively little known trick to extend Microsoft Office’s 30-day trial period up to six months has been around for several years. The process in question revolves around a rearm command, aimed at enterprise administrators who use a single copy or image to deploy the software company-wide, which can be run a maximum of five times for an extra 30-day grace period each before having to enter an activation key.

This was the case with Office 2010, it’s still there on the newly released 2013 edition, and now the folks at How-To Geek report that the same trick works with the subscription-based Office 365 package.

The procedure is exactly the same, too. Simply open a command prompt window as administrator and run a file named "ospprearm.exe" which should be located in %installdir%\%Program Files%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform, where %installdir% is "C:" on most machines and %Program Files% will be the Program Files (x86) folder If you installed the 32-bit suite on a 64-bit version of Windows.

As mentioned above, the command can be used up to five times, and if used at the end of each 30-day grace period, you can run Office 365 -- and the regular desktop editions -- for up to 180 days without paying a dime.

As a reminder, if you have a valid .edu email address you can score an even sweeter deal for Microsoft’s subscription based productivity suite. All you need to do is register at officeforstudents.com for a three month trial -- or double that if you share the deal on Facebook -- and after the trial period is over a license for the educational package costs $79.99 for four years and is good for up to two PCs or Macs. Students can renew the offer one time, so in total they could theoretically get eight years of Office 365 for just $160.

Microsoft has been touting the subscription-based Office 365 over its desktop counterpart. According to the company, the web-based suite will be updated more frequently with the latest features and allows small businesses and households with up to five computers or mobile devices to access everything for one price.




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lalaman lalaman said:

If you have a valid edu e-mail address... you can get office 2013 professional plus for $11 forever o.O

For those that don't need the skydrive storage and 60min of skype free credit, isn't the $11 deal better ><? I got it for $11 using my school e-mail, correct me if I'm missing something though!

mrcavooter mrcavooter said:

If you have a valid edu e-mail address... you can get office 2013 professional plus for $11 forever o.O

For those that don't need the skydrive storage and 60min of skype free credit, isn't the $11 deal better ><? I got it for $11 using my school e-mail, correct me if I'm missing something though!

Do tell how you did this my friend.

Guest said:

Dear friends,

By the way, the file "ospprearm.exe" can't be found when I search thru "command prompt window", how to solve?

Regard,

[email address removed]

Guest said:

Hi, I had the same problem trying to find OSPPREARM.EXE with the search function.

For Office 2013 the file is in this directory:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15

Once you find it, double click on the file and then reboot your computer. Cheers.:)

silhouttejames silhouttejames said:

You can activate Office 365 key from three different channels that are Retail, Volume, and OEM; each type of activation process requires entering a product key from the packaging and contacting a networked server or phone service center. Also, methodologies of product activation through these three different channels for the software also vary.

Waqas28 said:

Thankx man..!! workded for me ..!! I am doing some important work and you saved my time ..!! thankx a lot man ..!!

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