If you’ve bought a new PC recently there’s a fair chance that it included a trial edition of Microsoft Office 2010. The deal is that you get to try it for 30-days for free, after which you either pony up for the licence or it stops working. What you may not know is that it can be re-activated or ‘rearmed’ a further 5 times, giving a total of 180 days or around 6 months free use. The rearming trick is not a hack but a hidden feature, probably put there for the benefit of corporate users, but in order to use it you’ll need a little freeware utility called 2010 Trial Extender. All you have to do is remember to click the Rearm button the day before each trial period expires. Note that this only works with 14.0.4706.1000 versions of Office 2010.
Microsoft Office 2010 needs to be activated after 30 days. It can be rearmed 5 times, every rearm gives you additionally 30 days to activate.
If you always rearm it on the last day before it has to be activated that makes a total evaluation time of 6 * 30 = 180 days.
Although the rearm feature was made for corporate users, it cannot be illegal to use it since it’s an official feature.
You can use this tool to rearm Office 2010 5 times. Just re-apply once the 30 days are over.
This tool only works with RTM (14.0.4760.1000) versions of Microsoft Office 2010!
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