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 http://mssg.rutgers.edu/volumeactivation/ 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, http://sasit.rutgers.edu/submit-a-workorder.