Tip: Getting Information About Click to Run Configuration from the System Registry

Behind the Scenes with Click to Run

When you install the click to run version of Office on a PC, the installation updates several settings in the system registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\Configuration. Among the settings are:

  • O365ProPlusRetail.EmailAddress: The User Principal Name of the account used to install the software.
  • TenantId: The GUID for the tenant.
  • VersionToReport: The version of the software installed on the PC. For example, 16.0.10827.20138.

Using PowerShell to Read the System Registry

Some administrators use PowerShell to read these values from the system registry and send the data to a central location for reporting purposes. For example, to see the complete set of values for the click-to-run configuration, use the command:

To retrieve the value of an individual key, use:

Or (as noted by Pat Richard):

What you do with the value is entirely up to you!


This information comes from Chapter 10 of the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook. It’s the kind of tip that we find interesting. We hope that you do too.

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