Microsoft Office – Activation Issue Reviewed by Momizat on . So you were using Microsoft Office one day and out of no where after doing some Windows Update you are being prompted to Activate your version of Microsoft Offi So you were using Microsoft Office one day and out of no where after doing some Windows Update you are being prompted to Activate your version of Microsoft Offi Rating:
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Microsoft Office – Activation Issue

So you were using Microsoft Office one day and out of no where after doing some Windows Update you are being prompted to Activate your version of Microsoft Office again! Here are the possible scenario’s that you could face at this point…

  • It will say something along the lines of “Your product is already activated
  • You successfully Activate Office, then when you open it up again it prompts you to activate again
  • Microsoft Office Activation Disabled
  • If you would just like to re-enter your Product Key
  • Basically All Office Activation issues
  • Basically there is quite an easy fix for this, all you have to do is the following…

    *Note* Make sure you have the following options enabled/disabled in your Folder Options
    * Hidden Files and Folders – Show Hidden Files and Folders
    * Disable “Hide extentions for known file types”
    * Disable “Hide protected operating system files (recommended)” – Click Yes on the prompt when you disable this.

    Step 1: Go into the following location in your computer –
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\OFFICE\DATA
    Step 2: Locate the 2 files in the folder called OPA**.BAK and opa**.dat

    *Note* Depending on what version of Microsoft Office you are using, the ** would mean a different number.
    – Microsoft Office 2000 – OPA10 (Not confirmed)
    – Microsoft Office 2003 – OPA11
    – Microsoft Office 2007 – OPA12

    Step 3: Once you have located these files, rename their extentions (The “dat” and “BAK”) and rename it to old and old2.
    Step 4: Now open any Microsoft Office application and it will say “Configuring Microsoft Office”
    Step 5: Then it will bring up the Activation screen, activate Microsoft Office for one last time and your problem should be resolved.

    Hope this helps, if you have any question please feel free to ask me as I’m always here to help 🙂

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    • Chris Knight

      THANK YOU!!!

      At last a solution that works. This has been driving me mad for weeks.
      The activation did require the original Office XP CD, not a problem as I have it still

    • pho

      its not working! it says its ivaid still

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