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In Windows Vista, when you use Information Rights Management (IRM) functionality to create or to open a Microsoft Office document that has restricted permission, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:
Your Information Rights Management configuration is invalid and needs to be repaired. For more information contact your system administrator.
Note This problem may also occur in earlier Windows operating systems.
This issue occurs if an Office program ignores the DRM_NEEDS_MACHINE_ACTIVATION error code that is returned by the DRMInitEnvironment function in the Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) API.
Office programs ignore the error code if the IsActivated method returns TRUE. In this situation, the Office program assumes that the computer does not require reactivation.
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next service pack that contains this hotfix.
To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.
There are no prerequisites for this hotfix.
You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
You do not have change the registry to use this hotfix.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
To resolve this problem on computers that are running earlier versions of Windows, install Windows Rights Management Services Client with Service Pack 2. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
917275 How to obtain Windows Rights Management Services with Service Pack 2
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates