Fix Error Code x80070005 during Office Activation

Sometimes, the problems surface out of nowhere. This has been the case, even with with the Office installations. Everything seems to be fine for a moment. Suddenly, the program starts showcasing an error bearing the following description:

We’re sorry, something went wrong and we can’t do this for you right now. Please try again later. (0x80070005).

The error code 0x80070005 primarily means that activation service does not have access to sufficient user permissions.

It is difficult to figure out the single cause for this error since there could be several reasons for the said error code. But what seems to be symptomatic of the fundamental problem is privileges restriction.

To easily resolve the “0x80070005” error code during Office activation, follow the steps below.

Read: Office Product Key installation error 0x80070005.

Office Error Code 0x80070005 during Activation

First, make sure you have the latest fixes available for activation errors. To do this, open any Office application, like Word or Excel. Click File > Account. Under Product Information, click Update Options and check the ‘Update Now’ option.

update now

If for some reason, the option is not visible to you, click Update Options > Enable Updates to turn on automatic updates.

Office Error Code 0x80070005 during Activation

After that, click Update Options > Update Now.

Now launch any office program (eg. Microsoft Word or Excel) by right clicking its shortcut and selecting ‘Run as Administrator’. If this does not work, try this alternative. Close all Office programs. Click the Windows 10 Start button visible in the lower-left corner of your screen.

In the search bar that turns active ‘enter any Office application name, like Excel. The Excel program icon should instantaneously appear in the search results.


Now, right-click the Excel icon, and select the option ‘Run as administrator’.

Run as administrator

Then, simply follow the activation steps.

If the activation wizard doesn’t show up. Try the following

Go to File > Account > Activate Product to continue.

Activation Troubleshooter for Office 365 & Office 2016

Office 365 Activation Error Troubleshooter

If it does not help, use this Troubleshooter. The Office team has built a troubleshooter application which can help you with activation. Download it from here from Microsoft, and run it with admin privileges.

As a last resort, you may want to contact Microsoft Support. There are various options available. Choose the one which best applies to your situation and report your problem to them.


See this post if you receive a We couldn’t contact the server Error 0x80072EFD message while activating Office.

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