Having Troubles Activating Office 2010 Beta?


I’ve been a user of Office 2010 since I received the invitation for the Technical Preview. So when I heard that I could download the Beta version of Office Professional Plus 2010, I checked TechNet right away and downloaded the 64-bits version (I was also using the 64-bit Technical Preview version).

Because I had Outlook configured with Exchange, etc I tried to ‘upgrade’ my Technical Preview version, but that one failed. A message appeared telling me that I had to uninstall all the previous versions of Office 2010 before I could install the beta version. So I did…

Office 2010 Beta was installed in a few minutes, but when I launched Outlook I ran into some issues (probably because of the Technical Preview key that was still in place?) with the product key. The following message appeared :

When I pressed the Change Product Key button to enter the Beta key I received from TechNet nothing happened! I found out that when I start Excel (or maybe any other Office app) and clicked the Change Product Key a change product key screen appeared (see image below) and I was able to activate Office 2010!

Now I could enter the key and click Continue to apply the changed product key. Strange enough Office 2010 didn’t go online and activate immediately, but when I restarted Outlook the activation wizard appeared and when I tried to activate Office 2010 it just activated fine!

  • freddyfuentes

    Interesting, i'm still downloading so we will see if I run into similar problems (I'm also running the 64 bit technical beta)

  • I'm curious! Hmm…they changed Outlook a bit…nice integration with social networks 🙂

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  • Strangely enough I ran into the exact same issue. In my case, clicking on change product key in either Outlook or Excel did not work but eventually worked in Word. After continuing with the configuration and re-opening Word I was able to activate 🙂

  • Same problem here, worked via Excel but not Outlook

  • Same problem here, worked via Excel but not Outlook

  • goldddigger50

    Thank you so much! I was having the same trouble!!!

  • erroltapper

    on trying to downlaod office 2010 beta I received the following message a file required to setup Microsoft Home & Busienss 2010 (beta) is corrupted

    How to i find out what file is corrupted