Desktop and Mobile Systems Support

How do I re-activate MS Office or Windows for an off-campus machine?

Microsoft Office 2010/2013 and Windows 7 need to contact the Rutgers volume activation servers at least once every 6 months to maintain their activation. If your computer has not connected to the Rutgers network in the last 6 months, Windows or Office may lose their activation status. The steps below detail how to re-activate Office and Windows when off-campus.

1) Connect to Rutgers VPNVPN Installation and Configuration Instructions

2) Download Simple Activator

Download the “Simple Activator” application by going to and click on the “Download the Simple Activator” link.

3) Run Simple Activator

Run the SimpleActivator.exe file that was downloaded. Select either “Activate Windows” or “Activate Office”. If a button is greyed out then that product has already been activated or is not eligible for activation. When the activation has finished you should receive a message at the bottom of the Message Log that the activation completed successfully. You can now close the Simple Activator app and disconnect from the VPN.

Simple Activator - Rutgers Volume Activator

If you are still receiving messages that Office or Windows are no longer activated, please submit a workorder,