How to install Office on a shared computer

How to install Office on a shared computer

Companies often require Microsoft Office to be installed on shared computers. If the system administrator installs it under their own account then it will use up one of their licences. It is possible to configure office 2013 (office 365) as being a shared computer and thus not using up one of your licences. This can be done using the office deployment tool: (

However in my experience this tool can often produce random errors when configuring it.

The easiest way that I have seen to do it is to install office as normal from the office 365 portal, deactivate it and then when it is completed deactivate the install and then add a registry key for SharedComputerLicensing.

Full instructions.

  • Log in to
  • Open office 365 settings from the options (cog) menu
  • Choose software and then click on install.
  • Wait for the office install to complete fully.
  • From the office 365 settings choose deactivate against the install.
  • Open regedit.
  • Navigate to “HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\ClickToRun\Configuration”
  • Create a new string value called “SharedComputerLicensing”
  • Give it the value 1

If you navigate to file > account then the product information should look like the screen shot below.

Product Information