How to Fix Office Activation Error 0x80070005 (Office 365, Office 2013, or Office 2010) – Cannot Activate Office – wintips.org

When I tried to activate Office 2013 (or 2010) on several computers, I got the following error: “Sorry, something went wrong and we can’t do this for you right now. Please try again later. ( 0x80070005)”. Error “0x80070005” usually means that the activation service does not have user permissions. Follow the steps below to easily resolve error code “0x80070005” when Office is activated.

Office activation error 0x80070005

How to Fix Office 2013 or Office 365 Activation Error 0x80070005

Note: See below to fix Office 2010 activation error 0x80070005:

Method 1: Activate Office 2013 or Office 365 as an administrator.

To bypass the activation error in Office 2013, run any Office program (such as Word) with administrative privileges.

1. Transition Start > Programs > Microsoft Office: Right-click any Office program (such as Word) and select Run as administrator.

2. After that you can activate MS Office 2013 without any problem. If you still encounter activation error 0x80070005, follow the steps in Method 2.

Method 2: Activate Office 2013 or Office 365 using a script.

1. Open an elevated command line:

  • go to Start > Programs > Accessories. Right click Command line and select Run as administrator.

run command prompt as administrator

2. Type the following commands (one by one) in the command line {or Copy and paste (right mouse button > Copy and right click)} and click. Enter:

For Office 2013 or Windows 32-bit 365 32-bit:

  • cd \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
  • cscript ospp.vbs /act

For Office 2013 or Windows 64-bit 365 32-bit:

  • cd \Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15
  • cscript ospp.vbs /act

For Office 2013 or Windows 64-bit 365 64-bit:

  • cd \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
  • cscript ospp.vbs /act

3. Activate MS Office 2013 (or Office 365).

How to resolve Office 2010 activation error 0x80070005

Method 1: Activate Office 2010 as an administrator.

1. Go to Start > Programs > Microsoft Office: Hold down the SHIFT key and right-click in any Office program (such as Word 2010). Choose Run as administrator.

word-2010-run as administrator

2. Try to activate MS Office 2010 now. If you’re still having problems, try Method 2 below.

Method 2: Activate Office 2010 using a script.

1. Open an elevated command line:

  • go to Start > Programs > Accessories. Right click Command line and select Run as administrator.

2. Type the following commands (one by one) on the command line {or Copy and paste (right mouse button: Copy and right click)} according to the versions of Office and Windows and click . Enter:

For Windows 32-bit Office 2010 32-bit:

  • cd \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
  • cscript ospp.vbs /act

For Windows 64-bit Office 2010 32-bit:

  • cd \Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14
  • cscript ospp.vbs /act

For Windows 64-bit Office 2010 64-bit:

  • cd \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
  • cscript ospp.vbs /act

3. Try to activate MS Office 2010 now. If you’re still having problems, try Method 3 below.

Method 3: Activate Office 2010 by giving the network service full access to the Office Software Protection Platform folder.

Another way to bypass Office 2010 activation error 0x80070005 is to allow full access to the network service in the Office Software Protection platform. For this:

In Windows 8, 7 and Vista:

1. Open an elevated command prompt:

  • go to Start > Programs > Accessories. Right click Command line and select Run as administrator.

run command prompt as administrator

2. Type the following command in the command line {or Copy and paste (right mouse button: Copy and right click)} and click. Enter:

  • icacls C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform /grant “Network Service:(OI)(CI)(R,W,D)” /t

modify - permissions

3. Close the Command Prompt window and try to activate the Office suite.

In Windows XP:

1. Open the command prompt (Start > Programs > Accessories > Command line).

2. Type the following command in the command line {or Copy and paste (right mouse button: Copy and right click > Paste)} and click. Enter:

  • cacls “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Microsoft\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform” /t /e /p “Network Service”:C

3. Close the Command Prompt window and try to activate the Office suite.

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