Office 2011 activation server unavailable? Here’s the fix

After almost a year after freshly installing MacOS, the time finally came for me to need the festering pile of ██ that is Microsoft Office 2011. Naturally, something was broken.

The activation screen refused to accept the license key I had used 5 minutes earlier to download the installer, stating that the activation server was temporarily unavailable.

The solution was to look for updates to Office 2011. After the latest update was installed, the key was accepted and my installation was activated. If that doesn’t work, you can always activate it by phone.

2 comments on “Office 2011 activation server unavailable? Here’s the fix

  1. That was rather non-specific. Presumably you were able to install the updates in sequence, starting with SP1? It now no longer works as the installer states no compatible version of Office 2011 can be found on the volume.

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