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Windows 7: Office Home Use - Installed 6 mo. ago, now getting Error 0xC004F074

23 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
Office Home Use - Installed 6 mo. ago, now getting Error 0xC004F074

I purchased a license and installed Microsoft Office through my work's Home Use Program in February. It has worked without issue until recently. The other week, I started getting a Microsoft Office Activation Wizard any time I open an Office document. At the bottom of the Wizard window, it lists Error 0xC004F074 and has a countdown timer that now says I have "2 days left to activate. Ensure you are connected to your corporate network to enable automatic activation. Your system administrator can help."

This is my home computer that has never been connected to the corporate network. I do not recall the HUP being a trial, six-month license only. Why am I getting this error, and how do I get it to continue working after the countdown's two days pass?

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23 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

I'm no expert but the first thing that comes to my mind is take it to work and have the IT department activate it. Here is a good read on your problem from Microsoft.

When trying to activate you get 0xC004F074 with description "The Key Management Server (KMS) is unavailable"
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25 Aug 2012   #3

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Hi there
I'm rather surprised since your HOME Office verion is usually an Enterprise version which either doesn't require activation or if it does should just be able to activate normally ("stand alone") by entering the product key.

The whole point of these Use at Home programs is that they are that - USE AT HOME -- you don't ever need to be connected to a corporate network and in fact some enterprises positively DO NOT want HOME computers being connected to a company network.

What you should do with this is go to CHANGE PRODUCT KEY - then enter the key you got with your disk.

It should activate OK -- Enterprise versions are Multiple activations anyway.

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