This modification is now allowed because this document is locked.

By WayqUp ยท 4 replies
Oct 9, 2005
  1. Hi,I tried opening Word after I reformatted my laptop and I got this message: This modification is now allowed because this document is locked.

    All the menu icons are gray and won't let me do anything, this is for the entire Microsoft Office 2003. When I try to activate, nothing happens. I already uninstalled/installed many times. Does anyone know what to do?

  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    If this happens with all documents, then either you have not activated the
    software, or you have a trial version that is expired. What happens if you
    click on Help | Activate Product?

    If this happens with only one document, then click on Tools | Unprotect

    Nobody seems to have another solution AFAIK
  3. WayqUp

    WayqUp TS Rookie Topic Starter

    When I click on Help | Activate Product, nothing happens. Nothing pops up or anything. I don't think it's expired because I've been using it for a year or so and this only started to happen when I reformatted. >_<
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,123   +982

    yes but you lost the registration of the product in the registry. Did you get a
    registry backup before reformatting? this is a real pain and even if you have the
    backup, you're going to need to extract the correct key and apply it only.
  5. WayqUp

    WayqUp TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh, no I didn't get a registry backup... thanks for the help, but do you think you can explain to me how I can do this? lol
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