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How to install MS Office before you have a subscription

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I am currently building a "golden" image of Windows 10 for a client. They will be using Office 365 Business Premium, however they havent bought the subscription yet.

How can I install a copy of Office 2016 onto the golden image before I actually subscribe? Is this possible?
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by:Ivan
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Hi,

you can create trial account, and then download it. Maybe that can help you?

Business Premium Trial Link: https://portal.office.com/Signup?OfferId=8368ac6a-5797-4859-b2ec-4d32330277c9&dl=O365_BUSINESS&ali=1

Regards,
Ivan.
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by:Jackie Man
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The simple answer is NO.

Why?

Office 365 makes use of click-to-run installer for MS Office setup which is a very small file and every user has its uniqie installer which is linked to their own subscription
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by:Jackie Man
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You cannot use the trial installer from another subscriber and your installer can only be downloaded from your own Office 365 portal.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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by:Jackie Man
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You are only allowed to create image which includes MS Office if both the licence of the OS and Office are of volume licence.
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by:Jackie Man
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If you install the trial MS Office from your own account, you need to deactivate it from your own portal and the new user need to uninstall your install and install their installer from their own portal.

it will create obstacle for the new user only.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_install-mso_win10/cannot-convert-trial-version-of-microsoft-office/cf6e7776-3785-4350-925b-c84e6ee7d868
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by:roy_batty
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I wonder how an organisation with say 100s of users with Office365 Business Premium copes. The users likely don't have admin rights on the PCs.

Surely they wouldn't expect each user to install office themselves would they?
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by:Jackie Man
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https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49117

Personal and Business subscriptions are very different.

For personal account, you cannot be the administrator of another personal account (except Office 365 for Family subscription) whereas Business account have an administrator to do the admin and deployment work.
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by:roy_batty
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I have just found this article when searching the web. It seems to suggest that it is possible (and legal) to deploy Office 2016 ProPlus as part of an image.
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by:Jackie Man
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Yes. Provided that you are not using a personal account.
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by:roy_batty
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As I said in my first post , they will be using O365 Business Premium.

So it is possible after all that :)
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by:Jackie Man
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So, you need to act on the behalf of your client to signup a trial first.

https://products.office.com/en-us/business/office-365-for-business-free-trial
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The installed Office will only work for this client only.
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by:Jackie Man
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http://blog.gsrv.co.uk/deploying-office-365-business-premium-using-office-deployment-tool/

You should be fine but the concept is not to image Office 365 into a single image but to stream and install MS Office upon signon to a valid user account of the Office 365 plan of your client.
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by:Jackie Man
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if you want to build a golden image with Office 2016 to be pre-installed, you still need volume licence of Win 10 Pro and Office 2016.
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This is how you do it :

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn314789.aspx

Tested and all works for me.
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by:roy_batty
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The "Experts" comments are mainly incorrect. Any mention of licencing was unneeded.

I found the solution myself this time.
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