Resolved: Office 2016 (0x80041015) We ran into a problem while trying to install the product key

Recently, we upgraded a customer from a local Exchange server to Office 365. For a majority of the users, we purchased Office 365 Business Premium licenses that included Office 2016 (Buy Office 2016).

Office 2016 activated just fine on all the computers besides one PC. The computer was running Windows 8.1 with Office 2013. We uninstalled Office 2013 and downloaded and installed Office 2016 from his Office 365 account. After the installation, a dialog box prompted him to sign into his Office 365 account to activate Office. He signed into his account, and Office 365 tried to verify his subscription but it would eventually error out and say:

Sorry, we ran into a problem while trying to install the product key. If this keeps happening, you should try repairing your office product. (System error: 0x80041015)Office 2016 Activation Error

I wasn’t sure what to do so I tried all the things below – but to no avail.

  1. I uninstalled Office – twice. Didn’t fix it.
  2. Tried Repairing Office 2016 – didn’t work.
  3. Logged in with the domain administrator account and tried activating Office – failed.
  4. Tried activating office with another Office 365 account – that didn’t work either.
  5. Started Office in Safe Mode – no go.
  6. Deleted credentials out of credential manager. Same results
  7. Upgraded computer from Windows 8 to Windows 10. – failed
  8. I downloaded and installed Office 2016 from his Office 365 account on another computer. This different computer activated just fine! So I knew it was a computer issue, not an Office 365 account problem .
  9. Logged into Windows 10 in Safe Mode to activate Office 2016. Failed.

I also checked Event Viewer for clues, and I found this. ” Installation of the Proof of Purchase failed. 0x80041015 Partial Pkey=M7TW3″  I looked online for help with this error but I came up empty.Security-SPP Office 2016

I was at the end of my troubleshooting rope. I decided to reach out to Microsoft about this issue. Here is what they advised me to do – and it fixed it! Below you will find the solution.


Step One:  Sign out from all your Office 365 applications.

Step Two: Remove the Office credentials from credential manager. To remove the Office credentials from credential manager please follow the below step

Go to Control Panel — > Credential Manager — > Windows Credentials — > Delete the Microsoft 15 credentials.

 Step Three: Remove the credentials from registry.  (Backup registry first)

Here is the Registry key location from where we can delete the identities and profiles  HKEY_Current_User \ Software \ Microsoft \ Office \ 15.0 \ Common \ Identity — > Delete the Identities and Profiles folders.

I opened up the Office applications and signed into the user’s Office account. Bingo! It activated right away.

Summary: Deleting those offending registry keys was the step that fixed my issueI hope this can help someone else. Please leave a comment below if this helped or if you have anything to add.

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7 thoughts on “Resolved: Office 2016 (0x80041015) We ran into a problem while trying to install the product key

  1. Hannah

    Thank you verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost cried when I thought I payed this for 4k pesos just for nothing. I really appreciate it! I tried Merlin and Lynn’s Method and still, thank you. ;-;

  2. Coddo

    This didn’t work. I also tried what @Lynn Bicht said in the comments, but no luck with that either. I guess I’ll contact support


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