Remove Get Genuine Office warning

Some Office 2019 users experience a new yellow-colored warning stating “Get Genuine Office you may be a victim of software counterfeiting. Avoid security risks and get genuine office now

Get Genuine Office you may be a victim of software counterfeiting. Avoid security risks and get genuine office now

The message may also appear in Office 2016 and Office 365. Even if you have paid for the Office license, and you believe your license is Genuine, you may see this text bar appear. Apparently, in Microsoft’s opinion, your license is not 100% valid. Reasons are:

  • you have installed and validated Office on more than 1 computer with the same license. Office licenses may only be used on 1 pc
  • you have bought the license from a questionable reseller. Some websites sell Office licenses for approx. 10 dollar. That is almost certainly not a normal price for an official license.
  • your license key may have been leaked and is being used by others. In this case, please contact Microsoft.

How to remove Get Genuine Office warning

get genuine office you may be a victim of software counterfeiting

Genuine or not, luckily it’s easy to get rid of the warning. Follow these steps to turn off the Get Genuine Office notification:

Total Time: 5 minutes

  1. Open any Microsoft 365 application (e.g. Word, Excel, or Outlook)

    office word 2019

    In this example, I’ve opened Microsoft Word

  2. Click File

    word 2019 click file

    At the left top corner, click the File tab

  3. Click Account

    word 2019 click account

    In the left bar, click Account

  4. Click Manage Settings

    word 2019 click manage settings

    In the main screen at Account Privacy, click Manage Settings

  5. Scroll down and disable Connected Experiences

    office 2019 disable connected experiences

    In the Privacy Settings window, scroll down and deselect the checkbox “Enable connected experiences”

  6. Click OK

    Click OK to save the changes


  • Valid license or product key


  • Microsoft Office 365 / 2016 / 2019

That’s it. The yellow Get Genuine Office bar on top of your document will not display anymore.

Drawbacks of disabling Connected Experiences in Office

Connected Experiences enables collaboration and editing of a document that is stored in the cloud, e.g. Onedrive or Sharepoint. It also enhances Word to be able to translate the contents of a document to another language.

By disabling Connected Experiences you also turn off these features that may disrupt your way of work. A specific example is the use of Onenote notebooks in Onedrive. This is no longer possible while having the Connected Experiences turned off. However, you can always temporarily turn the feature on to make use of the enhancements. Once you’re finished you can turn Connected Experiences off again.

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not working , it was time killer


Please pay attention to this feedback because this solution no longer works

Josh Axlerad

No longer working, still the message is being displayed


No longer works :( …it’s that time again.


This fix no longer works (MS Office 2019 Plus). It may initially work but the message will come back within hours.


Me too… I am computer illiterate. I have MS Office activated with ActO19 (KMS) sold to me as 100% genuine KMS key on AliExpress. Worked last time but today (26/05/21) the message has come back (large and status bar), and this now no longer solves the problem.

Carl Jr.

This solution worked before but 26.05.2021 the yellow banner come back….


Would second this, getting this issue on a fully updated install of office. MSGuides suggested a registry key removal but the registry key doesn’t exist. Frustrating because it’s activated using my KMS Server as part of my Open License Agreement, so there’s no reason for it.


I tried removing and reassigning the license and that didn’t seem to change anything, and a reinstall solved it for about 6 hours, then it was right back

Last edited 16 days ago by ProfileSlayer
LR Nunez

First time I try this (24/05/21). Did not work (same as result as A. Smith).

A Smith

Worked last time but today (24/05/21) message has come back and this now no longer solves the problem unfortunately.

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