Disable Office 2003 Activation

First of all this is not a crack or patch for Office 2003 activation. This is a to get rid of the activation process at every reinstall of Office.

Recently I reinstalled Windows and so I have to reinstall Office 2003 also. After installation when I fired up MS Word, a window popped up asking to activate the Office. Now it is very annoying that one has to activate it on every reinstall. This is also extra burden for people like me who are on a limited Internet connection.

So after some self-research and googling I managed to find a way to bypass this. Below is the workaround.

  • Install Office 2003 as usual and activate it over Internet. (This is the last time you have to do this).
  • Create a folder named ‘Disable Office 2k3 activation’ on your desktop. Navigate to the folder ‘C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE11′  or Enter ‘%ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE11′ in your ‘Start>Run’ box and locate the file ‘mso.dll’. Only this file is modified after activating Office. Some installations have this file only in the folder above and some also have in ‘OFFICE10′ folder. Copy this file and paste in the folder created above.
  • Download the winxp Command Script ‘Disable_O2k3_act.cmd’ and save in the same folder ‘Disable Office 2k3 activation’.

Now burn this folder on your Office 2003 CD and after every reinstall of Office run this Command Script to automatically activate your Office installation.

Related: Anti Product Activation Patch for Office XP/2003

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  2. wondering on

    Do you have to burn the folder on the Office 2003 CD, or can you burn it on a separate CD and run that CD (and the script) after installing Office 2003 and removing the office 2003 CD?

  3. Shrish on

    @ wondering,
    The file ‘mso.dll’ is nearly 10 MB of size. So you can burn the folder on a CD or can keep it on your harddisk.

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  5. Dima on

    I recently put windows vista on my computer and tried to reinstall office 2003. Do you have the Disable_O2k3_act.cmd script for windows vista? If so, please email it to me at overallno1@netscape.net or let me know where I can find it. Thank you in advance.

  6. SoulSpeed on

    Well, i’ve tried this solution but it DIDN’T work atm
    the prob is that i don’t know what to do with the MSO.dll from ‘OFFICE10′ cause i’ve MSo.dll inside OFFICE10&11.
    And ofcourse i can’t put both MSO.dll’s inside 1folder.


  7. HotLouw on

    Thx… this helped alot

  8. cookieman123 on

    Hi, i have vista on my laptop, and this solution doesn’t work on it. please help me solve my problem.


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  12. D4RkH0UR on

    Hey Guys!

    This is a crack, and I would not advise it to a civilized person. But, if you are a pirate like we are, then go ahead!

    You guys should probably do it this way:
    Get the WinISO crack here.
    Make an ISO file of the MSO2003 CD.
    Copy the activated mso.dll into the cd image.
    burn the CD.

  13. ihavewindows7 on

    Hi, i have windows 7, and it doesnt seem to work for me…do you guys have any reason why this would be?

    • Louis Rooy on

      Have you found a solution to it? I am looking for it…

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  15. wtfareyou saying on

    This is NOT a crack. This is copying the Office MSO file of a valid installation on your computer to REACTIVATE the product again after reinstall without having to go through MS crap every time. Did you even read the post?

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  23. Jan-Herman van Wermeskerken on

    Interesting post. Did not help me though. Have the same problem as some of the above users. Upgraded my system to accomodate Windows 7. Tried to re-install Office 2003 (I have to use this for work) but could not install it as Microsoft feels that I have exceeded the maximum number of installations. They no longer offer support by telephone although they have stated that they will no longer support the product as of April 8th 2014. It seems that they have already stopped (today is March 21).

    Buying the product second hand has the same problem. I am really annoyed with Microsoft.

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