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Posted on 2016-08-26
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I have 20 pcs in a lab and all have office installed on the local machine. these pcs also belong to the domain. it seems that if a student goes to pc1 and opens office for the firsts time, they need admin rights to keep going, then when they go to a different pc they have to do the same thing. is there a way around this? i dont want to have to enter admin rights everytime someone changes pcs.
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by:FOX
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When you say to keep going, what is the error that pops up?  Is office finishing an install or calling for files when the user tries to launch it.  When you did your installs of office did you do a custom install and "run all from the computer"?  If office is calling for files to be installed of course it will want admin rights for that.
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by:John Hurst
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Office needs to be activated as Admin. No way around that. Once activated, Standard users can open Office without issues. I have done this many times.
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by:Vadim Rapp
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John, curious, isn't there a way to deploy it already preactivated?
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by:John Hurst
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Office has to be activated before a Standard User can run it. Pretty much always been this way.

Now, activated once by an Admin will allow any subsequent Standard User to run Office. I did not mean every time.
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by:stevekee65
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i log into the pc as local admin, then install and activate? or activate as a domain admin.
i believe i did log in as local admin, i will try and verify.
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by:John Hurst
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You should be able to activate by Local Admin or by Domain Admin. We have done this both ways.
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by:stevekee65
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sorry, not working
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If this is regarding activation...I haven't confirmed if this works for your Office version but maybe worth looking into.
Google: cscript "OSPP.VBS"

Basic options...

Show current key...
cscript "OSPP.VBS" /dstatus

Open in new window


Add new key - you must have internet connection...
cscript "OSPP.VBS" /inpkey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

Open in new window


Activate new key - you must have internet connection...
cscript "OSPP.VBS" /act

Open in new window


You could set that up in a gpo to run at Computer Startup script
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by:John Hurst
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It works for us - all recent versions of Office.

For a test machine, uninstall Office, restart, install Office and make sure you install for All Users. Then try the above again.
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by:stevekee65
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they have been activated, that doesnt seem to be an issue. i have attached screenshots of the errors.
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by:John Hurst
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3 of the 4 screens suggest Windows and Office have not fully completed their installation.

I can log on my own machine here as Standard User and use Office with no issue at all. Same at Clients.
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by:FOX
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According to those shots It's asking for an admin for the updates, not for the activation.
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by:stevekee65
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office has been fully installed on the pcs using a local admin. we use a volume license key, so i cant really uninstall and then reinstall without causing issues
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by:John Hurst
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??  We can uninstall Office (volume license) and reinstall. Just enter the key a second time.
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by:stevekee65
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ok, unistalled office on the pc, reinstalled it using local admin. when an activediractory student logs in and opens word, they get "First things first." window, for now ill just have them select Ask me later and press Accept, then they get the Welcome to your new office window, for now i will just have them close it with the x in the upper right hand corner of the window. anyone know how to not get these?
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by:John Hurst
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So then I think you are saying install as local admin solves the User Rights issues.

The rest is one time only for each person and I just let it go by.
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by:Vadim Rapp
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According to screnshot #3, the changes to hard drive are being made by microsoft update, so it looks like all the talk about activation was irrelevant. Accordingly, you can configure microsoft update in group policy, so it runs without user prompt.
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