"Microsoft Office cannot verify the license for this product" error when you start an Office app
When you start a Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 2013 application, such as Outlook, Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you may receive the following error message:
Microsoft Office cannot verify the license for this product. You should repair the Office program by using Control Panel.
The Office application is running in compatibility mode for a different operating system.
To fix this issue, follow these steps to stop running the application in compatibility mode:
Exit the Office application that triggers this error. Locate your Office application, depending on your installation type of Outlook and bitness of Windows and Outlook: MSI-Based installation type: <disk drive>\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 1x <disk drive>\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office 1x Click-to-Run installation type: <disk drive>\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office 1x <disk drive>\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office 1x Note The 1x placeholder represents your version of Office (16 = Office 2016, 15 = Office 2013) Right-click the Office application that triggers the error, and then click Properties. If the Compatibility tab is available, click it, and then follow these steps. If the Compatibility tab does not exist, go to step 5. On the tab, clear the Compatibility option. Run this program in compatibility mode for Click . Change settings for all users On the tab, clear the Compatibility for all users option. Run this program in compatibility mode for Click two times. OK If the Compatibility tab does not exist, click Cancel on the application Properties page to close it, and then follow these steps: Right-click Outlook.exe, and then select . Troubleshoot compatibility Select . Troubleshoot Program Clear all options, and then click . Next Select the option, and then click No, I am done investigating the problem . Next Click . Close
Article ID: 2797062 - Last Review: 01/08/2016 21:22:00 - Revision: 6.0
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