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Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft software installs in the past required an activation key code in order to use their software. Today, most Microsoft Software relies on the Key Management Server.

KMS activates computers on a local network, eliminating the need for individual computers to have a key code or to connect to Microsoft.

KMS activation requires TCP/IP (Internet) connectivity. By default, KMS hosts and client computers use DNS (Dynamic Name Service) to publish and find the KMS service.

KMS activations are valid for 180 days—the activation validity interval. To remain activated, KMS client computers must renew their activation by connecting to the KMS host at least once every 180 days. By default, KMS client computers attempt to renew their activation every seven days. If KMS activation fails, the client will retry every two hours. After a client computer’s activation is renewed, the activation validity interval begins again.

The UH KMS server will authenticate Windows Vista and Office 2010 and later products. That will include Windows 7 and Office 2010/2013 and other Office add-ons.  Windows server 2008 and other servers can also be authenticated through UHKMS.

You must use UH owned Microsoft products and be on the UH Networks via LAN, wireless or logged into UHVPN service using your Cougarnet credentials.

If you have any questions, contact us at or call the Help Desk at 713-743-1411.


Important    The 32-bit version of Office 2013 is the recommended option for most people, because it prevents potential compatibility issues with other 32-bit applications, specifically third-party add-ons that are available only for 32-bit operating systems.

page last updated: July 11, 2017
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