Error message when you try to activate Office 2010: "An unspecified error has occurred. Your request cannot be processed at this time. (0x80070001)

Applies to: Office Professional Plus 2010Office Standard 2010


When you try to activate Office 2010, you may receive the following error message:
An unspecified error has occurred. Your request cannot be processed at this time. Please try again later. (0x80070001)


This issue occurs when one of the following conditions are true:

  • If you have CD emulation software installed, a registry key is preventing the hardware ID from being acquired.
  • A required registry key is not set correctly or is misisng.


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Fix it for me

To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix it button or link. In the File Download dialog box, click Run, and then follow the steps in the Fix it Wizard.

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  • If you are not on the computer that has the problem, save the Fix it solution to a flash drive or a CD, and then run it on the computer that has the problem.

Then, go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Let me fix it myself

To resolve this issue, please do the following:

  1. On the Start menu, click Run, and then type regedit.
  2. In the Registry Editor, search for the following registry key:
  3. Look for UpperFilters, which is type REG_MULTI_SZ.
  4. Double-click UpperFilters, and then under Value data, add PartMgr to the top of the list. Click OK.
  5. Restart the computer.
  6. Start any Office 2010 application and follow the prompts to activate.

You can also automate the process of adding this registry key, by running the following command on the run line:


Did this fix the problem?

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More Information

Fore more information about how to resolve this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
916180 You tried to set up your Xbox 360 console as a Media Center Extender, but the Setup program did not start

Although Knowledge Base article 916180 desribes a fix that is not specifc to Office and activation, the fix is relevant to Windows XP and applies to this issue.