Configure Office 2010 to volume activate at the same time you install a MAK key

If you are using the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to configure a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) key, you can also activate Office 2010 at the time that you install the MAK key. A MAK key is one of the methods that Office Activation Technologies provides for activating products licensed under Microsoft Volume Licensing programs. By using a MAK key, clients activate Office 2010 online through Microsoft-hosted activation servers or by telephone.

To activate Office 2010 when you configure a MAK key in the OCT, you set the AUTO_ACTIVATE property value. Follow these steps:

1. In the OCT, select Modify Setup properties on the left pane, and then click Add in the right pane.

2. In the Add Property Value dialog box, in the Name box, type AUTO_ACTIVATE. Note that property names must be uppercase.

3. In the Value box, type 1, and then click OK.

Another option is to use the Config.xml file to set the AUTO_ACTIVATE property. For more information, see Setting element in Config.xml file in Office 2010.

For more information about volume activation in Office 2010, see the resources in the Plan for volume activation and Configure and deploy volume activation of Office 2010 sections of the Office 2010 Resource Kit.

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