SOLVED: Microsoft Office 2013 Activation Error 0xC004F017

Microsoft Office 2013 Activation Error 0xC004F017
Microsoft Office 2013 Activation Error 0xC004F017

The solution to activation error “We’re sorry something went wrong and we can’t do this for you right now.  Please try again later. (0xC004F017 )” . in Office 2013 as you see below is VERY easy to correct but far from obvious.

What you need to do is:

  1. Click FILE
  2. Click ACCOUNT
  3. Click CHANGE PRODUCT KEY on the right side yellow box
  4. Do what is obvious and have a nice day



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    Zyl January 13, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I have to take a slightly different route.

    1. Appwiz.cpl
    2. locate the Project Install
    3. right click and change install
    4. Select Enter Product Key
    5. Profit!

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      Cleese October 15, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Thank you!!

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    Tapiwa December 12, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Did not work for me as well

    Thanks still Ross

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    satyasambitrath October 3, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Thanks Ross its work, you give solution more quickly than Microsoft support.

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    oren August 17, 2013 at 7:02 am

    That did not work for me too 🙁

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews August 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      I just had another one of these that this solution did work for. I am sorry to hear yours was apparently a different issue?

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    Ross May 16, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Or you could just right-click on any of the Office components (e.g., Excel, Outlook, Word, etc.) and select “Run as Administrator.” The activation should work after that.

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews May 19, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Hi rbrasseau 🙂

      That did not work for me… but others can try and see if it works for them.

      Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Sambo September 13, 2013 at 3:18 am

      That worked great, thanks Ross!

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