How to See If Your Office 365 Subscription Is Active

Dave LeClair 01-06-2016

Can’t remember whether you have an active Microsoft Office subscription? Want to make sure you’re running a licensed copy of the popular office suite?


As it turns out checking your Office status isn’t as simple as just looking at the software, but don’t worry, because we’ll show you the way!

First, you need to know which version of Office you have installed. To find out, open any Office program, click File, then Account. This screen will tell you whether you have 32 or 64-bit How to Upgrade from 32-Bit to 64-Bit in Windows 10 Is your Windows 10 installation limited to 3.75 GB of RAM because it's the 32-bit version? We show you how to upgrade to 64-bit, so you can finally enjoy advanced features and performance. Read More Office installed. If you already know, you can skip this step.

Next, launch the command prompt How to Change the Command Prompt Colors in Windows The Command Prompt in Windows is black by default, but it doesn't have to be! Read More by typing CMD into the Windows search box. Now, the command you’ll need to run will depend on the version of Windows you have, and the version of Office you have installed.


For 32-bit Office on a 64-bit machine, enter:


cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16

If you have 32-bit Office on a 32-bit machine, type:

cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16

Lastly, if you have 64-bit Office on a 64-bit PC, enter:

cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16

If you have office installed in a different location, leave the “cd” in the above commands, and replace the rest with the path in which your Office install resides.

Now, hit Enter, and then type the following commands:

cscript ospp.vbs /dstatus

The data that follows will have a field labeled License Status. If it says Licensed, you’re good to go. If it says anything else, you’re not running an activated version of Office 365!

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  1. Steve K
    September 28, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    I use BOTH Office 2016 AND Office 365, on 2 computers (Windows 7 and Windows 10) and an Android (Samsung Galaxy Note 8). I got Office 2016 as it included Access in an affordable package (not affordable for individual user on Office 365). I work with multiple organizations, each with their own email requirements (IEEE-GoogleApps, Gmail, Comcast, etc.) The Windows 10 is a Dell travel laptop, the Windows 7 is an HP home base laptop. The emails coexisted via Outlook (POP on Windows 7, with extensive folder structures; IMAP on Windows 10 with the flat, tag-based compost heap). I'm at wits end with a recent Red Cross requirement that no IMAP/POP email remain. I understand--I just need to be able to keep a paradigm that I can understand and which serves my diverse needs. Unfortunately, the product upgrade cycle is now shorter than the learning curve, so I'm flummoxed for good! time to switch to Linux??? Too bad the USPS hasn't figured out the business opportunity! It would certainly be more valuable than 3rd class junk mail.