Office 365 for Students, Faculty, and Staff: Troubleshoot Installation and activation
Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus is available free of charge to current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. Office 365 is intended for use on personally-owned devices, not University-owned computers. This article contains suggestions for troubleshooting problems with Office 365 installation or activation.
- Work through Office 365 installation directions in z.umn.edu/office365 and note where questions or problems occur.
Login to Office Portal
- Can you log in at portal.office.com?
- See login directions in z.umn.edu/office365. Note that you first see a Microsoft login screen where you enter your UofM email (example: firstname.lastname@example.org), and then you are sent to a UofM login screen.
- If you have trouble logging in, clear cache and cookies and try again. For directions on how to do this, see z.umn.edu/cookies.
- Try a different browser. Chrome and Firefox generally work well.
- If you can’t login, are you eligible for Office 365? See below.
- If you are a student, are you currently registered for at least one credit?
- If you are a student, when did you register for classes? Eligibility for Office is updated daily. It may take day or two after you register until you are able to install Office.
- If you are staff or faculty, do you have an on-going position at the U? If your appointment changes term-by-term, you may lose access during times when you are not on staff.
- Students, faculty and staff who leave the U will lose Office eligibility within a few days after they leave.
- Retirees and graduates do not retain eligibility for Office 365 when they leave the U.
- Is the device supported? Office 365 is available for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets. Check requirements of supported devices here: https://products.office.com/en-us/office-system-requirements
- Do you see an error message "You can only install Office on a PC or Mac"? In the portal check whether "Office" or "Phone & tablet" is selected at the left of the page.
New installations: can't install
- Does the computer or device have other problems such as wifi issues or malware? Resolve the other problems, and try again with Office.
- Is another version of Office already installed on this computer? If so, uninstall other versions and try again.
- How many installations have you used? See portal.office.com to check how many activations are left, or to deactivate installations no longer needed.
Installed but cannot activate: quick fixes
- Check system date and time and correct if needed.
- Check Region settings. Mac: See Apple Menu -> System Preferences -> Language & Region. Windows: Control Panel -> Region. Change to United States if the region is set to something else, then retry activation. After activation, the region can be changed back
- Temporarily disable antivirus or firewall programs
- Check for operating system updates. Mac: See https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201541 Windows: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12373/windows-update-faq
Cannot activate Office 2011 (Mac)
- Activation of Office 2011 has been an issue recently. When possible, the best solution is to upgrade to Office 2016, which has not had these problems.
- Office 2016 for Mac requires OS X 10.10 or later. If you have an earlier version of OS X, upgrade OS X first, and then remove Office and try again to install Office.
- If you are uncertain if you can or should upgrade OS X on your Mac, an Apple store can usually give good advice on this.
- If upgrading to Office 2016 is not an option, try applying updates to Office 2011, but be aware that this has only provided limited success: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Error-0x8a010101-when-you-try-to-activate-Office-for-Mac-2011-3037655a-4939-4d67-8890-0fe621bd632d
Office 365 was installed but stopped working
- Has your eligibility for Office 365 changed? If you leave the U, you are no longer eligible for Office 365. Review eligibility above.
- Connect the computer or device to the internet. Office 365 needs to connect to the internet at least once every 30 days to stay active.
- Deactivate (at portal.office.com), uninstall, and reinstall.
Other sign-in issues
- Our Office 365 subscription does not include OneDrive or other online features of Office.
- If Office asks for a sign in, it may be asking for a login to use online features of Office. To use online feature of Office, you can create a free, personal OneDrive account.
- Saving or syncing files in OneDrive requires a personal OneDrive account.
- Use of OneNote requires a personal OneDrive account.
- To create a free personal OneDrive account, or to recover a password for a previously-created personal OneDrive account, see https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/
- When creating a OneDrive account, use a personal email account, and not your UofM email address.
In some cases activation or OneDrive sign-ins simply do not seem to work using the standard sign-in IDs. If this happens, you might try some of the following alternate forms.
- A previous activation sign-in which was of this form (with an extra "ad"): email@example.com
- For coordinate campuses, try with and without your campus designation, for example: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Microsoft Office at the U, General Information - z.umn.edu/msoffice
Microsoft Office for University-owned computers - see download.software.umn.edu
Microsoft Office 365 Installation Instructions - z.umn.edu/office365
Office 365 Portal - portal.office.com
Complete uninstall (Mac), if standard uninstall and reinstall didn’t help
Office 2011: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Uninstall-Office-2011-from-a-Mac-ba8d8d13-0015-4eea-b60b-7719c2cedd17
Complete uninstall (Win), if standard uninstall and reinstall didn’t help
Office 2013: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Manually-uninstall-Office-2013-or-Office-365-1d1110d5-75a4-4154-969e-4260ff29b232
Troubleshoot installing Office and Office 365 https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Troubleshoot-installing-Office-and-Office-365-35ff2def-e0b2-4dac-9784-4cf212c1f6c2 Extensive list, for users and technical support staff, some more applicable to personal purchase of Office. Includes links for complete uninstall directions.
Troubleshooting tips for Office 365 ProPlus https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg702620(v=office.15).aspx Intended for technical support staff, but some ideas may be useful to others.