How to disable the Office 365 activation pop-up window

My friend just bought a laptop with Windows 10 pre-installed. He also bought a retail version of Office 2016 and activated it. After each start of any of the Office 2016 apps, he received an Office 365 activation pop-up window saying:

Let’s get started. Choose one.
Try (Get a free trial of Office 365)
Buy (Buy Office from the Microsoft store)
Activate (Enter your Product Key or sign in)

disable Office 365 activation pop-up window

I presume this pop-up window appears because of the previous Office 365 demo installation that came with Windows 10. To disable the Office 365 activation pop-up window, we’ll have to delete one registry key.

Open Registry Editor from the Run prompt (regedit.exe)

If you had an x86 version of Office 365 installation, navigate to the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common\OEM

Note: Before you delete this registry key, please make a backup by clicking on the OEM folder and clicking Export. Save the key wherever you want.

After you have exported the key, it is safe to delete the OEM folder.

disable Office 365 activation pop-up window

If you were using x64 version of Office 365 installation, you’ll have to backup and delete the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_SOFTWARE_WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common\OEM

disable Office 365 activation pop-up window

Close the registry editor and try to start Office apps again. The annoying pop-up window should be gone.

Hope this helps.

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