Error message when you try to validate Microsoft Office by using Office Genuine Advantage: "Trial version detected"

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Article ID: 918002 - View products that this article applies to.
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When you try to use Office Genuine Advantage to validate a Microsoft Office product that is listed in the "Applies to" section, validation fails. Additionally, you receive one or both of the following error messages:
Error message 1
Trial version detected
Error message 2
Error code: 0x8018102


This issue occurs when the product that you are trying to validate is not a full version. The following trial versions are licensed temporarily for evaluation.

Microsoft Office 2003 trial products

  • Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2003
  • Microsoft InfoPath 2003
  • Microsoft OneNote 2003
  • Microsoft Project Standard 2003
  • Microsoft Publisher 2003
  • Microsoft Visio 2003

Microsoft Office XP trial products

  • Microsoft Office XP Professional
  • Microsoft Office XP Standard
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2002
  • Microsoft Project 2002
  • Microsoft Visio Standard 2002
  • Microsoft Visio Professional 2002


To resolve this issue, upgrade the trial version of Office to a full version.


Article ID: 918002 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 5.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Small Business Management Edition 2006
  • Microsoft Office Access 2003
  • Microsoft Office OneNote 2003
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2003
  • Microsoft Office Project Standard 2003
  • Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003
  • Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2003
  • Microsoft Office XP Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Project 2002 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Publisher 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visio 2002 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visio 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2002
  • Microsoft Office Genuine Advantage
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