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Error message when you use Office Genuine Advantage to validate Office: "Product Not Activated" or "Error code: 0x8018101"

Support for Office 2003 has ended

Microsoft ended support for Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

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Symptoms
When you use Office Genuine Advantage to validate the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Microsoft Office 2003, or Microsoft Office XP, you receive one of the following error messages:
Error message 1
Product Not Activated
Error message 2
0x8018101
Cause
The validation process could not be completed because your copy of Microsoft Office that requires validation has not been activated.
Resolution
To resolve this problem, start any Office program, and then use the activation wizard to complete the steps that are required for activation.

For more information about how to activate your version of Office, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
828958 How to activate a license in Office programs
If license activation fails, try to troubleshoot the problem. For more information about how troubleshoot problems that you may experience when you try to activate an Office product, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
903275 How to troubleshoot problems that you may experience when you try to activate an Office product


If you still experience problems when you use Office Genuine Advantage to validate Office, one of the following scenarios may be true:
  • The copy of Office that is installed on your computer may have been installed incorrectly.
  • The copy of Office that is installed on your computer may be a counterfeit version or a pirated version.
For more information about how to determine whether your copy of Office is authentic, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Off2003 Office2003 Offxp OfficeXP
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Article ID: 918004 - Last Review: 06/20/2014 11:15:00 - Revision: 5.0

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