Backup Windows and Office Activation Tokens files with Advanced Tokens Manager

Advanced Tokens Manager lets you backup and restore your Windows and Office Activation files, thereby doing away with the need of activating your software every time you install it.

Backup Windows and Office Activation Tokens files

Backup Windows & Office Activation Tokens files

Windows Activation is the initial process by which a Windows running on a PC is determined to be properly licensed and genuine, and it’s really quick and easy. It is different from Registration, in the sense that,  Activation is the process of ensuring that your copy of Windows is used according to the Microsoft Software License Terms, whereas registration is the process of entering information to sign up for product support, tools and tips, and other product benefits.

Every time you reinstall Windows, you have to feed in the serial and activate your copy. It may happen that you do not have an Internet connection to activate it or maybe you have run out of online activation attempts to activate your Windows copy. In such a case you can, of course, dial the Microsoft telephone number to activate it – but this entails time.

This is where Advanced Tokens Manager can help you. Using this portable freeware, you can backup, save and at a later date restore your activation files when required.

Location of Tokens.dat file

The activation tokens file for Windows is typically located at:

C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\ SoftwareProtectionPlatform\tokens.dat

The activation tokens file for Office is typically located at:


Tokens.dat is a digitally signed file, which stores most of the Windows activation files. All files together have a digital signature that prevents tokens.dat be replaced on other machines, in this case, if used on different machines, will ask for online activation.

You can download it from here. The program works for Microsoft Office 2016/2013/2010 and Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista & Windows Server.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. One lie caught. Example: I can reformat my computer 1000s of times with the same hardware and still activate online without a problem. Once you change one piece of hardware you then need to call to activate for a few reformats then you can activate online again.

  2. Aleksandr

    I couldn’t get this to work for x64 Windows 7. The program ran and said activation was successful but windows was not activated. I tried at least 20 times. After activating by phone. I made a new backup and reinstalled WIndows again and still wouldn’t work.

  3. Arexliu

    It not worked, what is wrong with this, I have to buy a key from getsoftwarekey com

  4. Xi

    Does Microsoft approve this software? And my friend is using Windows 7 Ultimate and he like to try the genuine key for Windows 8 Pro Upgrade(clean install) and then switch back to Windows 7(clean install) or Ubuntu(clean install) and keep the Windows 8 Pro for future use. He is quite worried that his key won’t get activated if he does the above process? And is there any tool from Microsoft or TheWindowsClub that could do 100% assured activation?

  5. Gladia

    Hi, I have downloaded this software and I wanna know that if I have to reformat my pc, this software will be gone but the backup will be hidden in my system? I looked up everywhere and I couldn’t find the answer.

  6. Sean Random

    You need to save the backup file it makes. Wherever you launched the program from it should be there in a folder named something like “Backup”.

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