Fix Microsoft Office Activation error 0x80070426

Microsoft Office uses a separate mechanism than the Windows operating system for purposes like Updates and Activation. This brings in the context dependencies of this mechanism on different processes and services. At times when updating or activating Office, you may receive an error message:

An unexpected error has occurred. You request cannot be processed at this time. Please try again later. (0x80070426)

This error is caused due to various supporting services and processes not working or being not triggered as intended. With this article today, we will be discussing how to fix this error.


0x80070426 error in Office

We will be discussing the following fixes to get rid of error code 0x80070426 for Microsoft Office Activation on Windows-

  • Check the responsible Services.
  • Run the Activation Script manually.

1] Check the responsible Services

Type, services.msc in the Start search box and hit Enter to open the Windows Services Manager. Click on Yes for the UAC or User Account Control prompt that you get. It will open the Windows Services Manager Utility’s window.

In the listing that you get, look out for the service entry called Software Licensing Service from the list that gets populated inside the window.

Right click on it and select Properties and make sure that its Startup Type to Automatic.

Also, make sure that you Start the service by selecting the Start button inside of the Properties window.

Now execute the following commands in an elevated command prompt:

net start slsvc
sc qc slsvc
sc queryex slsvc
sc qprivs slsvc
sc qsidtype slsvc
sc sdshow slsvc

Check if this fixed your issue.

2] Run the Activation Script manually

Launch Command Prompt with Administrator Privileges.

If you use Office 16, navigate to the following location inside of the Command Prompt command line utility-

  • x86: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16
  • x64: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16

If you use an older version, that location would be-

  • x86: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\OfficeXX
  • x64: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OfficeXX

Once you get there, type in the following to run the Activation Script, and then hit Enter-

cscript ospp.vbs/act

Let the command attempt to activate your copy of Microsoft Office.

Now check, if that fixes your issues.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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