Convert a trial version of an Office 2010 suite or program to a full retail version

When your trial version of the Microsoft Office 2010 suite or program expires, you might have the option to convert the trial version to the full retail perpetual license version. This article describes how to determine whether your trial version is eligible for conversion and describes how to make this conversion.

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Step 1: Determine whether your trial version is convertible

The following trial versions of Office 2010 suite or programs might be eligible for conversion to full retail perpetual license versions:

  • Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010
  • Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010
  • Microsoft Office Standard 2010
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2010
  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010
  • Microsoft Access 2010
  • Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Microsoft InfoPath 2010
  • Microsoft OneNote 2010
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
  • Microsoft Publisher 2010
  • Microsoft Word 2010
  • Microsoft Project Professional 2010
  • Microsoft Project Standard 2010
  • Microsoft Visio Standard 2010
  • Microsoft Visio Professional 2010
  • Microsoft Visio Premium 2010

If you determine that your Office 2010 suite or programs may be convertible, go to Step 2: Purchase a perpetual license product key.

 Note    Not all trial versions of Office 2010 can be converted to the full retail perpetual license version. A trial version that cannot be converted does not have a conversion option anywhere in the user interface.

If the trial version of the Office 2010 suite or program is not convertible, you must remove the trial version, and then install the full retail perpetual license version.

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Step 2: Purchase a perpetual license product key

When you decide to convert your trial version of Office 2010 suite or program to a full retail perpetual license version, you must first purchase a full, licensed copy of the software. You can purchase the full, licensed software from the Microsoft website. You can also purchase a full, licensed copy of the software from any authorized retail store. If you purchase the software from the Microsoft website, the perpetual license product key is provided to you by Microsoft. If you purchase the software from an authorized retail store, the perpetual license product key is included with the software package.

After you have purchased a full, licensed copy of the software and have a perpetual license product key, go to Step 3: Use one of the conversion methods to convert the trial version to the full retail perpetual license version.

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Step 3: Use one of the conversion methods to convert the trial version to the full retail perpetual license version

There are three methods that you can use to convert your trial version of Office 2010 suite or program to the full retail perpetual license version of that suite or program.

If you have not activated your trial version of Microsoft Office, use "Method 1: The pre-activation method." If you have already activated the trial version, use "Method 2: The post-activation method." If you have a 2007 Microsoft Office Trial CD, use "Method 3: The Maintenance mode method."

Method 1: The pre-activation method

This method lets you use the Trial Activation Wizard dialog box to convert to the full retail perpetual license version of the Office 2010 suite or program. Use this method when you first try to activate the trial version of the Office 2010 suite or program.

When you are prompted to activate your trial version of the Office 2010 suite or program, click I do not want to activate my copy. Instead, click I want to convert to the full version now, and then click Next. Go to Step 4: Active the product key.

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Method 2: The post-activation method

This method lets you convert to the full retail perpetual license version by using the Activation Wizard expiration reminders. Use this method after you activate the trial version of the Office 2010 suite or program.

After you activate the trial version of a suite or program, you can convert to the full retail perpetual license version when the Activation Wizard expiration reminders appear. In the Activation Wizard expiration reminder, click Convert to start the conversion to the full retail perpetual license version.

You can also open the Activation Wizard expiration reminder when you are ready to convert by doing the following:

  1. Start the trial version of the Office 2010 program.
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. Click Help, and then click Activate Office.
  4. Go to Step 4: Active the product key.

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Method 3: The Maintenance mode method

If you have an Office 2010 Trial CD, you can use this method to convert to the full retail perpetual license version by doing the following:

  1. Insert a CD for the trial version of the Office 2010 suite or program in the CD or DVD drive. The CD Explorer window appears.
  2. Double-click Setup. This procedure starts the Setup program of the trial version of the suite or program in Maintenance mode.
  3. Click Convert License Type, and then click Next.

 Note    You can also reach Maintenance mode by using the Add or Remove Programs feature in Control Panel.

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Step 4: Activate the product key

After you convert the trial version of the Office 2010 suite or program to a full retail perpetual license version, complete the conversion process by activating the product key by doing the following:

  1. In the Trial Activation Wizard dialog box, click Enter Product Key.
  2. Type your 25-character product key in the five Product Key boxes.
  3. Click Continue.
  4. Select the I accept the terms in the License Agreement check box, and then click Install.

The trial version of the Office 2010 suite or program will now be updated to the full retail perpetual license version.

If you cannot activate your product key, go to the "More Information" section for additional resources that might be able to help.

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More Information

If these steps to convert your trial version of an Office 2010 suite or program to a full retail perpetual license version did not work for you, you can use the Microsoft Customer Support Services website to find other solutions to your problem. Some services that the Microsoft Customer Support Services website provides include the following:

  • Searchable Knowledge Base    Search technical support information and self-help tools for Microsoft products.
  • Solution Centers    View product-specific frequently asked questions and support highlights.
  • Microsoft Customer Support Newsgroups    Contact counterparts, peers, and Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs).
  • Other Support Options    Use the Web to ask a question, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services, or provide feedback.

If you continue to have problems after you use these Microsoft websites or if you cannot find a solution to the problem on the Microsoft Support Services website, go to the Contact Us page on Microsoft Support.

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Applies to:
Access 2010, Excel 2010, InfoPath 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Project 2010, Publisher 2010, Visio 2010, Word 2010