OPA-Backup is a small free program which can backup the product activation of Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013.
If you subsequently reinstall Windows (e.g. after virus infection or failed hard drive) you can restore the backup so you don’t have to activate Office again.
The program is a simple backup and restore tool – it is not a piracy tool and it can not ‘crack’ (make legit) a pirated version of Office.
To activate Office you usually need the 25 character license key code and the computer needs to have internet access. It can therefore be helpful to backup the Office product activation and restore it if:
- The computer does not have internet access
- You have lost the license key code
- Office was already installed when you bought the computer (so you never had the license key code)
Backup Office Product Activation – Office has to have been already activated in order to backup the product activation. The program won’t work if it hasn’t.
1. Download OPA-Backup from the developer here.
Note: you must have .NET Framework version 3 (or higher) installed on your computer before using OPA-Backup. Vista, Windows 7 and 8 already include this but XP users can download .NET 4 from Microsoft here if they don’t already have it.
2. Extract (unzip) the opabackup342.zip file into a folder and run the opabackup342.exe program to begin.
3. Select your version of Office from the drop down menu then press Next:
4. Select ‘Make a backup’ then press Next.
5. Choose the path – location where you would like to save the backup – then press Next.
Tip: Save it to (or copy it afterwards to) an external device e.g. flash drive so the backup is not lost if you have to reinstall Windows.
6. Finally, a status report appears showing if the process was completed successfully.
Restore Office Product Activation
The restore process should be done in the following order:
1. Install Windows if not already installed
2. Install Office but do not run/open Office after installation
3. Restore the backup – the restore process is basically the same as the backup:
– open OPA-Backup and choose your version of Office but this time select ‘Restore a backup’ and browse to the location where your backup is stored
4. Once the backup is restored successfully, run Office for the first time.
OPA-Backup is a good way to backup and restore Office product activation – especially if you don’t have the product key.
The reliance on .NET Framework may be annoying for a few XP users but Vista/W7/W8 include it by default and it’s not a big deal to install.