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How to Extend Your Office 2013/365 Trial to 180 Days

Welcome back for those of you who know Office 365 (Microsoft’s Cloud offering for Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and Office Web Apps) or even Office 2013, I had an issue with a trial version of Office and needed to extend it for a short while so with thanks to HowToGeek I have the below procedures.  Office 2013 is a great product and one of the best Office products Microsoft have developed, it follows the standard ribbon bar that was introduced into Office 2007 but evolves the Office 2010 productivity and tab menu system.  My best feature is within Outlook 2013 with the quick function – you must check that out.

So depending on your Office 365 plan you may have the Office 2013 subscription as part of your Enterprise plan (Ex).  Below will help you extend for a short period of timing giving you that break to renew your subscription or buy Office 2013.


What happens if Office 365 or Office 2013 expires
This bar will appear at the top of Word
  • Open up an Explorer window and navigate to one of the following folders. If you are using a 32-bit version of Windows, head to:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\

If you are working with the 64-bit release, you should go to:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\

  • Hold down the Shift key, right click the folder called OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform and select the ‘Open command window here’ option.
  •  Type:


Press Enter, and you’re done.

You can also navigate direct to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform or C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform and type OSPPREARM.EXE into Explorer’s address bar before hitting Enter.

Your Subscription has expired and therefore (depending on plan) will cause Office Pro Plus 2013 to expire.

Your Subscription has expired and therefore (depending on plan) will cause Office Pro Plus 2013 to expire.

If you would like any help with Office 2013 or 365 then please feel free to contact us at – we are a fully qualified Microsoft Office Cloud Partner and would be more than happy to advise.