How to Download and Install Microsoft Office 2019

Learn the new process for obtaining Microsoft Office 2019 products

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With Office 2019, Microsoft has changed the way Volume Licensing customers can download and install all Office suites and custom applications including Visio and Project. Unlike previous Editions of Office that were obtained through Volume Licensing, Office 2019 products cannot be downloaded directly through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).

If you've already requested an Office 2019 product through TechSoup and received an email from VLSC notifying you that your license agreement is ready to be accepted, you can use these instructions to obtain your product.

Follow the instructions for operating the system you'll be using.

Windows Download and Installation Instructions for Office 2019

Beginning with Office 2019, All Office Products For Windows That Are Available Through Volume Licensing Using Click-To-Run Technology Instead Of The Traditional Windows Installer Technology. To deploy volume licensed versions of Office 2019 products for users in your organization, you'll use the Office Deployment Tool (ODT).

You'll need a Broadband Internet connection with download speeds of at least 20 Mbps to download Office 2019 products. Note that Office 2019 products require  Windows 10  and will not run on older versions of Windows.

Step One: Register at VLSC and Accept Your Software Agreement

If you haven't already, register with the VLSC and accept your software license agreement for the Office 2019 products you requested by completing just  one and two in our VLSC quick start guide .

Step Two: Get Your Office 2019 Product Key from the VLSC

  1. Sign in to the  VLSC .
  2. Select the  Downloads and Keys  tab.
  3. Find your Office 2019 product in the list and click its  Key  link.
  4. In the table beneath the name of the product, find your product key in the column labeled  Key . The  Type  column for this key should say MAK, not KMS.
    • Office suites have separate setup keys for online functionality like web apps. These keys are not the same as the MAK product keys and cannot be used for volume activation of desktop products.
      In the table beneath the name of the product, find your product key in the column labeled Key.  The Type column for this key should say MAK, not KMS.
  5. Copy the product's individual key from this table and paste it into a program like Notepad or click  Export all keys: CSV  just above the list of products to download a list of keys in comma-separated-values ​​format (which can be opened with Excel) . This list contains all Volume License keys associated with agreements in your VLSC profile.

Step Three: Download the Office Deployment Tool (ODT)

  1. Download the  Office Deployment Tool from Microsoft .
  2. When the download is complete, open it, check the box to accept the Microsoft license terms, and click  Continue .
  3. You will be asked to choose a folder to store the extracted setup files. Navigate to the root level of your computer's hard drive (C :) and click  Make New Folder . Then, name the folder "Office setup files" and continue with the extraction process. Note that these instructions will not work if you choose a different folder name or location.
    You will be asked to choose a folder to store the extracted setup files.  Navigate to the root level of your computer's hard drive (C :) and click Make New Folder.  Then, name the folder 'Office setup files' and continue with the extraction process.
  4. When you're done, your new "Office setup files" folder should have a file named "setup.exe" and some sample "configuration" files that end in .xml. Delete the .xml files. You only need to keep the "setup.exe" file.

Step Four: Download and Prepare the Configuration File

Download the configuration file that you need from the table below by right-clicking the link for the file you need, selecting the  Save link as… , and saving the file to the "Office setup files" folder you created. Don't download more than one of these files to that folder at a time. If you need to install more than one type of Office product, you'll have the opportunity to do so later.

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Next, follow the instructions below to add the product key that you obtained from the VLSC in step two to the configuration file.

  1. Right-click the configuration file and select  Edit  to open the file in Notepad.
  2. Look for the following string in the configuration file:
    • PIDKEY = "##### - ##### - ##### - ##### - #####"
      Look for the string of text in the configuration file
  3. In this string, replace ##### - ##### - ##### - ##### - ##### with your MAK client activation key by copying and pasting the key from Wherever you saved it. You should leave the quotation marks before and after the key.
  4. Save the file and close it.
  5. Then, right-click the configuration file, select  Rename , and change the filename to be "configuration.xml".

If you need additional customization for your Deployment and have IT experience, you can use Microsoft's  Office Customization Tool  to create your own configuration files.

Step Five: Download and Install Your Product

Note that all earlier versions of Office will be uninstalled when you install Office 2019 products, so be sure to save and quit any Office applications that are running.

  1. Navigate to your "Office setup files" folder in File Explorer.
  2. You'll need to perform the next steps using the Command Prompt, which is a text-based command-line interface that runs within Windows.
    To open the Command Prompt
    1. Click the address bar in the File Explorer window that you opened.
      Click the address bar in the File Explorer window that you opened.
    2. With the address bar selected, type  cmd and press Enter.
      With the address bar selected, type cmd and press Enter.
  3. Type the following into the Command Prompt that you opened.
    • setup /download configuration.xml
      Type the following into the Command Prompt that you opened.  setup / download configuration.xml

    It will look like if nothing is happening, but your product will be downloading in the background. The download will be a big file and might take a while to finish. Once the download is complete, you will be returned to the Command Prompt.

  4. When the download is finished, you are ready to install the product. Type the following into the Command Prompt.
    • setup /configure configuration.xml

    If you see an error that says you still have previous versions of Office installed on your computer, you'll need to  manually uninstall those programs  and type the above command again.

  5. When your installation is complete, you'll be returned to the Command Prompt. Close the Command Prompt and return to the desktop. Your Office 2019 product will be installed and ready to use.
  6. If you need to install a different Office product, delete the "configuration.xml" file from the "Office setup files" folder and follow these instructions again beginning at  Step Four: Download and Prepare the Configuration File .

If you need to customize your installation or need more detailed instructions, you can refer to Microsoft's  Office 2019 Deployment Guide for IT Professionals .

macOS Download and Installation Instructions for Office 2019

With Office 2019 products for Mac, you cannot download Office installation files directly from VLSC. Instead, you'll download an activation tool called the Volume License (VL) Serializer from the VLSC and then separately download the Office installation files from Microsoft through the Office Content Delivery Network (CDN).

The instructions for performing all these steps are provided in the VLSC under  Downloads and Keys  tab for each Office 2019 product for Mac. We are including those same instructions with more details for organizations that need more assistance.

Step One: Register at VLSC and Accept Your Software Agreement

If you haven't already, register with the VLSC and accept your software license agreement for the Office 2019 products you requested by completing just  one and two in our VLSC quick start guide .

Step Two: Download and Install the Volume License Serializer

  1. Sign in to the  VLSC .
  2. Select the  Downloads and Keys  tab.
  3. Find your Office 2019 for Mac product in the list and click its  Download  link.
  4. Change the  Download Method  to Web Browser instead of Download Manager and click  Continue  button at the bottom of the window.
  5. Click the download icon (Circle with a downward arrow) to download the Volume License Serializer .iso file.
  6. Once the download is complete, open the .iso file to extract the Volume License Serializer package file.
  7. Run the Volume License Serializer package file on each computer that you'll be installing a volume licensed Office 2019 for Mac product on.

If you requested more than one kind of Office 2019 for Mac product, you'll repeat this process for each product.

We suggest running the Volume License Serializer before you install your Office 2019 for Mac products in the next step, but you can also run the Serializer afterward if you prefer.

Step Three: Download and Install Your Products

The download links to obtain your Office 2019 for Mac products from the Office CDN should be included in the text instructions that appear when you click the  Download  link for each product in the VLSC.

However, you can also find the download links for the Office 2019 suite and individual applications directly from Microsoft.

For the Office for Mac 2019 suite, you can choose to download Microsoft Teams (Microsoft's communications platform) or not. After you've downloaded the installation package, open it and follow the instructions to install your product.

If you need to customize your installation or need more detailed instructions, you can refer to Microsoft's  Office for Mac Deployment Guide for IT Professionals .

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