Finally, a feature that has always been in high demand is now possible – Microsoft is finally letting us transfer the Office suite to a different PC or user. Read below for more details on this.
For a step-by-step guide on how to transfer Office to a different computer, scroll down to the second part of this article.
Don’t we love it when companies listen to our complaints and when they make changes to their policies, product agreements just to suit our needs? Such was the case with Microsoft and its Office products – the 2013 edition. Many consumers (me included) were seriously angered by the fact that according to the latest policy change, we were not allowed to transfer Office to a different computer or users. Microsoft made this change, obviously, to stimulate sales.
The single way and condition under which we could transfer Office 2013, according to previous rules, was only if the PC failed under warranty. Thank God, Microsoft has listened to the “feedback of the users” (I’d say outcry) and has decided to make some changes in order to restore our rights of transferring. Thus, we have the same rights as we did with Office 2010.
1. Transferring Office 2013 to different computer or user is possible once again
Here is how the official announcement sounds, right from Microsoft itself:
Based on customer feedback we have changed the Office 2013 retail license agreement to allow customers to move the software from one computer to another. This means customers can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one. Previously, customers could only transfer their Office 2013 software to a new device if their PC failed under warranty.
While the licensing agreement text accompanying Office 2013 software will be updated in future releases, this change is effective immediately and applies to Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, Office Professional 2013 and the standalone Office 2013 applications. With this change, customers can move the software to another computer once every 90 days. These terms are identical to those found in the Office 2010 software.
This applies to the following versions of Office 2013:
- Office Home and Student 2013
- Office Home and Business 2013
- Office Professional 2013
Also, there is another condition that you need to be aware of – you can perform the change to a different computer or user only once in 3 months (90 days). Don’t think about running two Office 2013 versions in the same time because this will be impossible – you won’t be able to install it elsewhere if you don’t firstly delete it entirely from its previous location.
And here’s how the official change in the agreement looks like:
Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner). If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the “licensed computer.
2. The step-by-step guide on how to transfer Office to a different PC
- Log in to your Microsoft Office account. Under My Account, you’ll see an ‘Install’ option that allows you to install Office. Select it and you’ll reach a new ‘Install Information’ page.
- There, select “Deactivate Install” and confirm your action to deactivate Office.
- Now, you need to uninstall Office 2013 from your computer. Go to Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features”. Locate and select the Microsoft Office 2013 program and click on the Uninstall button. This will completely remove Office from your computer. Wait until the uninstall process is complete.
- Now you need to install Office on a new computer. To do that, simply log in to your Microsoft account on the new computer.
- Go to My Account, and select the Install button.
- Office 2013 will start downloading. If your browser prompts you to first save the file on your computer, do that. Then double-click the downloaded file to launch the install process.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to install Office 2013. The install process should take around 10-15 minutes.
However, if you want to have Office 2013 installed on more than 1 computer, maybe you should check out one of the Office 365 subscriptions which will allow you to deploy your copy on up to 5 units that run Windows or Mac.
If you’ll encounter issues when trying to transfer your Office 2013 to a new computer, you should try and contact the customer support, because it might take a while before these changes are legally made.
3. Use an easy transfer tool
If you are looking for the easiest, fastest and most secure way to transfer Office on a different PC, we suggest using a dedicated transfer tool. EaseUS Todo PCTrans is able to transfer any edition of Office, other applications and accounts as well.
This tool will move your desired application or account in three ways:
- PC transfer via network connection
- PC transfer via image files
- PC transfer between local disks
All you need to do is install the tool on both PCs, the old one and the new one and then follow the on-screen instructions for the transfer to start. Download the user guide from the official website. You can try the tool for free in the trial version, or buy the full version for more features.
So, who are you going to transfer your Office 2013 or you are planning to use it on a different PC?
By the way, if you encounter any issues while using Office 2013, check out these troubleshooting guides listed below to fix the most common bugs affecting the program:
- FIX: Couldn’t repair Office 2007/2010/2013/2016
- How to repair Office 2013 on Windows 10
- Something Went Wrong in Microsoft Office 2013: Error 30088-4
- Fix: Microsoft Office not opening in Windows 10, 8.1
On the other hand, if you upgraded to Office 2016 but changed your mind, we’ve got the solution for you. If you want to roll back to Office 2013 from Office 2016, you can do that within minutes.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2013 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.