Installing a volume-licensed edition of Office 2010 causes a subscription to Office 2010 to enter Reduced Functionality Mode (RFM)

Applies to: Office Professional Academic 2010Office Home and Business 2010Office Home and Student 2010


Consider the following scenario:
  • A subscription to Microsoft Office 2010 is installed on the computer.
  • Then you install volume-licensed version of Office 2010 on the computer.
In this scenario, when the Office 2010 subscription tries to activate, you receive the following error message:
Activation Failed

Activation of your subscription for Microsoft Office has failed.

Recurring activations are required to verify your subscription for this product so that your subscription is not interrupted. If the attempts to activate the product continue to fail, the editing functionality in your Office product might be disabled.

To ensure your product remains fully functional learn more about how to resolve this issue as soon as possible.


This issue occurs because the installation of a volume-licensed version of Office 2010 rewrites the registry value UserOperations under OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform. As long as this registry value is set to “0,” the subscription activation will fail to renew the subscription of Office 2010. If you do not resolve this issue, the Office 2010 subscription edition will enter Reduced Functionality Mode (RFM).


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Fix it for me

To resolve this problem automatically, click the Fix this problem link, click Run in the File Download dialog box, and then follow the steps in the wizard.

Note this wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

Note If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD. Then, you can run this fix on the computer that has the problem.

Let me fix it myself

To resolve this issue yourself, follow these steps:

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
  1. Start Registry Editor:

    For Windows Vista and Windows 7:
    1. click Start Start button  , type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.

      User Access Control permission If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
    For Windows XP:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry value in the registry:
  3. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  4. Type 1, and then press ENTER.
  5. Exit Registry Editor.
  6. Restart the computer.