(Hint, there is no Windows "2007")
When you say you have Office 2007 installed on 3 machines at the same time you MUST have Office 2007 Home and Student. If you have a different bundle, it is almost certainly a bootleg, which is why you can't reactivate.
Here are several links about dealing with "Invalid Product Key" message. Pick one that you understand and try it. Then try the next...1 Invalid Product Key
The tool in KB 836178 walks you through a trouble shooting procedure for Office 2010 Product Keys
This behaviour may occur for one or more of the following reasons.:
- You have a Trial Version of Office installed that is “intercepting” the activation attempt, uninstall it first
- Check the numbers and letters on the product key:
the number eight (8) can resemble a capitalized B,
the number zero (0) can resemble a capitalized O or Q
the number six (6) and letter G
the letters VV and letter W
Copy the product key from an email message to avoid typing errors.
- Make sure that you are not using a product key from an older version of Office. These product keys will not work with Office 2010.
- Office 2010 Product Keys do not Contain following Characters:
Numbers: 0 1 5
Letters: A E I L N O S U Z
- Do not use a product key that might be attached to the bottom of your laptop, or on the back of your desktop computer. These are usually the Microsoft Windows product keys and will not work with Office 2010.
- If a Product Key Card was purchased at a retail store and activated at the register, do not use the key that is inside the card to unlock Office 2010. You must logon to the website listed on the card and follow the instructions to obtain the actual product key for the version of Office that you purchased.
- A product key for an Office 2010 stand-alone product (such as Microsoft Visio Professional 2010) will not be accepted as a product key for an Office 2010 suite. It is important to match the product key to the product for which it is specified.
- Volume License product keys will not be accepted for a retail Office 2010 product.
- Product Keys that start with “FC7HF” can only be used on Office Web Apps running on SharePoint
- Check your Windows Product ID in the Help about screen. Ie PID 00426-068-0288566-86858 - The 068 is a MS indicator that this type of license is not for retail sale. Your entire retail box and its contents is a counterfeit product, including the COA sticker.
- If none of the above conditions apply, before, or after trying the following procedures you may want to do a Phone Activation and ask the service rep to explain what the specific problem is.
How to fix Access Rights problem
Sometimes the problem has been that Windows has had problems granting the right access to files, folders and the registry. The following tips provide some workarounds.
As you go from XP to Vista to Win7 certain operations require higher access rights to perform. These access rights are “higher” than even those granted to the Administrator ID by default. These “elevated” rights are accessed by way of the UAC confirmation dialog which is invoked when you select to “Run As Administrator”.
In theory, any one of the following tips should work. The process is: run one of the fixes, run each affected Office app, reboot TWICE (sorry, I don’t know why, but there appears to be some “Voodoo” at play here. We do it because it works!) TWICE (sorry, I don’t know why, but there appears to be some “Voodoo” at play here. We do it because it works!), try the office apps again to confirm the fix worked.
If you want to first confirm that access rights are a problem this article describes how: http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Why-Applications-Dont-work-standard-users.html
NTFS Permissions Reporter (free tool) – What are the NTFS permissions?
This is a good tool for reporting on file access rightsAccess Rights FYI: How to Understand Those Confusing Windows 7 File / Share Permissions
How do I restore security settings to a known working state?
Win 7 5 ways to Run As Admin http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/11841-run-administrator.html - 5 ways to run as admin
FYI: for this situation, you can consider Vista and Win7 to be essentially interchangeable with only minor differences between the user interface in the 2 versions.
In Windows 7, even when you are logged in as administrator, UAC no longer gives you “Full” administrator rights. To get all of the access you now also have “run as administrator”
It appears there is an error where your userid is not being allowed to update the activation information.
What you need to do is "runas admin":
· Go to the start menu and find the program icon you want to start
- <Shift> <Right Click> on it
- Select “Run as …”
If that doesn’t work try this:
· In the start menu, right click on the shortcut for any Office app, select “RunAs Admin”
If runas does not appear, right click and drag the shortcut to the desktop
- create a shortcut on the desktop.
- Right click on the desktop shortcut,
- runas admin should be there.
Activate the application/office:
· 2007 Office button / 2010 File tab
- Click on “Activate the Application”
- Follow prompts to enter product key
- Close the app
- Restart app normally
Run a Program as an Administrator in Win7 -
Why “Run As Admin” when logged in as Admin -
What is 'Run as Administrator' in Windows 7?
XP Run as admin -
If that doesn’t work, sometimes the problem has been that Windows has had problems granting the right access to files,folders and the registry. The following tips provide some workarounds.
Take Ownership of Files / Folders -
How to Take Ownership (Permission) of a File or Folder Manually in Windows?
How to Take Ownership (Permission) of a Registry Key in Windows?
If you are technically adept, you can try this fix.Restore “TrustedInstaller” as Default Owner of a File, Folder or Registry Key in Windows? -
Solving setup errors by using the SubInACL tool to repair file and registry permissions -
If that doesn’t work, try rebooting into Clean Boot mode (with networking) to do the install/activation.
How to trouble shoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Win7 -
Note: You can’t do install in Safe Mode, installer service is not running
Startup - Msconfig.exe – How To Use the System Configuration Tool & All its Awesomeness! -
Start Win7 in safe mode -
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Start-your-computer-in-safe-mode - Please let us know if works or not.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310353/ - How to perform a clean boot in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/281770/ - How to perform clean-boot trouble shooting for Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/267288/ - How to perform a clean boot in Windows Millennium Edition
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/180902/ - How to start a Windows-based computer in Safe Mode
Note: You can’t do install in Safe Mode, installer service is not running
How to Boot Windows in “Safe Mode” When “F8″ Key is not Working?
Add “Safe Mode” Option to Windows Boot Loader -
How to start the Windows Installer service when system services are not loaded -
If you run a Setup program without starting the Windows Installer service, you may receive the following error message:
The Windows Installer service could not be accessed. Contact your support personnel to verify that the windows Installer service is properly registered.
The Windows Installer service does not start if you clear the Load system services check box in the System Configuration utility. To use the Windows Installer service when system services are not loaded, you must start the service manually. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Click Start , right-click Computer, and then click Manage. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
- In the console tree, click Services and Applications, and then click Services.
- In the details pane, right-click Windows Installer, and then click Start.
FAQ about Office Activation Wizard 2007 2010 -