How to Change Your Office 2013 License Type from Retail to VL with Microsoft Toolkit
How to Use Microsoft Toolkit to Convert Office 2013 Retail to VL
If you have installed Microsoft Office 2013 on your computer, you may have noticed that there are different editions of the software, such as retail and volume license (VL). Depending on the edition you have, you may have different activation methods, features, and updates available. In this article, we will explain what Microsoft Toolkit is, how it can help you convert Office 2013 retail to VL, and what are the benefits and risks of doing so.
Microsoft Toolki Convert Office 2013 Retail To Vl
What is Microsoft Toolkit and what does it do?
Microsoft Toolkit is a free tool that allows you to activate, manage, and customize various Microsoft products, such as Windows, Office, and Visual Studio. It can also convert some retail editions of Office to VL editions, which means that you can use a single product key or a key management service (KMS) server to activate multiple copies of Office on different computers.
What is the difference between Office 2013 retail and VL editions?
Office 2013 retail editions are the ones that you can buy from a store or online, either as a physical disc or a digital download. They usually come with a single product key that you need to enter during installation or activation. You can only use this product key on one computer at a time, and you need to activate it online or by phone. Retail editions also have some limitations on the features and updates they can access.
Office 2013 VL editions are the ones that are sold in bulk to organizations or businesses that need multiple licenses for their employees or clients. They do not require a product key for each installation or activation. Instead, they use a KMS server that automatically activates them over the network. VL editions also have access to more features and updates than retail editions.
Why would you want to convert Office 2013 retail to VL?
There are several reasons why you may want to convert your Office 2013 retail edition to a VL edition. Some of them are:
You want to avoid entering a product key or activating online every time you install or reinstall Office.
You want to use KMS activation instead of MAK (multiple activation key) activation, which allows you to activate multiple computers with one product key.
You want to access additional features and updates that are only available for VL editions.
You want to customize or modify some settings or options in Office that are not available for retail editions.
However, before you decide to convert your Office 2013 retail edition to a VL edition, you should also be aware of the risks and drawbacks involved. We will discuss them later in this article.
How to convert Office 2013 retail to VL using Microsoft Toolkit
If you have decided that you want to convert your Office 2013 retail edition to a VL edition, you will need a tool like Microsoft Toolkit. Here are the steps you need to follow:
Step 1: Download and run Microsoft Toolkit
The first thing you need to do is download Microsoft Toolkit from a reliable source. You can find many websites that offer Microsoft Toolkit for download, but be careful not to download from untrusted sources that may contain malware or viruses. You can also scan the downloaded file with an antivirus program before running it.
Once you have downloaded Microsoft Toolkit, you need to run it as an administrator. To do this, right-click on the file and select "Run as administrator". You may see a User Account Control (UAC) prompt asking you to confirm the action. Click "Yes" to proceed.
Step 2: Select Office icon and go to Activation tab
When you run Microsoft Toolkit, you will see a window with two icons: one for Windows and one for Office. Click on the Office icon to select it. You will then see a new window with several tabs, such as Information, Customize Setup, Add Languages, and Activation. Go to the Activation tab and click on the "Change Product Key" button.
You will then see a list of product keys for different Office editions. You need to select the one that matches the VL edition you want to convert to. For example, if you want to convert Office 2013 Home and Business retail to Office 2013 Professional Plus VL, you need to select the product key for Office 2013 Professional Plus VL. You can find the product keys for different Office editions online or in Microsoft Toolkit itself.
Step 3: Click EZ-Activator and wait for the process to complete
After selecting the product key, click on the "EZ-Activator" button at the bottom of the window. This will start the conversion process, which may take a few minutes. You will see some messages and progress bars on the screen, indicating the status of the conversion. Do not close or interrupt Microsoft Toolkit while it is working.
When the conversion is done, you will see a message saying "Activation was successful". This means that your Office 2013 retail edition has been converted to a VL edition and activated using KMS activation. You can also check the activation status by clicking on the "Check" button next to the "EZ-Activator" button.
Step 4: Check the activation status and enjoy your converted Office 2013 VL edition
To verify that your Office 2013 retail edition has been successfully converted to a VL edition, you can open any Office application, such as Word or Excel, and go to File > Account. You will see a section called "Product Information", which will show you the edition and activation status of your Office. If everything went well, you should see something like this:
Office Professional Plus 2013
Microsoft Office KMS Client Edition
This means that you have successfully converted your Office 2013 retail edition to a VL edition using Microsoft Toolkit. You can now enjoy your converted Office 2013 VL edition without having to enter a product key or activate online. You can also use KMS activation for multiple computers if you have access to a KMS server.
Benefits of converting Office 2013 retail to VL
Converting your Office 2013 retail edition to a VL edition using Microsoft Toolkit has some benefits that you may find useful or convenient. Some of them are:
You do not need to enter a product key or activate online every time you install or reinstall Office. This can save you time and hassle, especially if you have lost or forgotten your product key.
You can use KMS activation instead of MAK activation, which allows you to activate multiple computers with one product key. This can be helpful if you have more than one computer that needs Office, or if you want to share your license with others.
You can access additional features and updates that are only available for VL editions. For example, you can use Group Policy settings to manage and customize your Office installation, or you can get security and stability updates more frequently than retail editions.
Risks and drawbacks of converting Office 2013 retail to VL
However, converting your Office 2013 retail edition to a VL edition using Microsoft Toolkit also has some risks and drawbacks that you should be aware of before doing so. Some of them are:
You may violate Microsoft's terms and conditions by changing your license type without their permission. This could result in legal consequences or penalties from Microsoft or your retailer.
You may expose your computer to malware or virus infection by downloading or running Microsoft Toolkit from untrusted sources. This could compromise your data or system security and performance.
You You may lose your warranty or support from Microsoft or your retailer by modifying your Office in