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How to deactivate Office if you see a Install limit reached message


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Office 365 licenses come with a limit on the number of computers it can be installed. When that limit is reached, you will get an Install limit reached error. Microsoft recently removed the install limit for Office 365 Home, Personal, or University version, but it is still applicable for Office 365 Business users. The limit is set to five different computers with a single Office 365 license.  In this post, we will share how you can get rid of the “Install limit reached” error.

Install limit reached? Deactivate Office


Office Home, Personal or University user can install on any number of computers. However, they are limited to sign in to five at the same time. However, it’s not the same for business users. Good news is that you don’t really have to uninstall Office completely, but only remove it from the list of active device.

Deactivate Office 365

Once removed, you will not be able to edit documents, though you can still view all the office files. Further, deactivating an Office 365 install doesn’t uninstall Office, remove Office documents, or cancel your Office 365 subscription.


1] Sign in to Office Portal and navigate to the account page. You need to use the same account which is linked with the Office 365 subscription.

2] Click on the  Install status tile, select Manage installs.

3] Under Install status, select Deactivate to deactivate the Office installs you no longer use.


Now switch back to the computer where you had the problem, and select Try Again. Office 365 will be activated on that computer. Also, post removal, Office 365 on that device will enter into reduced functionality mode. Users will be able to open and view existing office files, but other features will be missing including the option to edit the file. You will also get an error message about Product deactivation.

If you want to reuse Office 365 on the same computer again, you need to sign-in again. However, it will only work if you have a limit available. If not, you will see the same error message again.

For Microsoft Office 2019, 2016, 2013

If you are using any of these versions of Microsoft Office 2019, 2016, 2013, then there is no deactivation. Reinstall and activate on the new device. The installation on another machine will not work anymore.


These solutions will resolve your “Install limit Reached ” problem. Its all about the limit on the device count. So make sure to keep an eye on how many computers you have installed, and you should be good.



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