The Incorrect License Key message

What to do if you see it?

Trying to activate your Ultimate Suite for Excel license, you may see one of the Incorrect license key messages. They fall into three categories:

  • The key does not match the edition you have installed.
  • The key does not match the version you have installed.
  • The license key you have entered is incorrect.

If you see the first or the second message, you need to detect the edition or version of Ultimate Suite you have installed and compare it to the edition or version you ordered. And then download and install the correct edition/version. Please perform the following steps:

If you see the third message, make sure you insert the license key entirely and do not enter any leading or trailing spaces.

Find the version and edition you have installed

To find out the Ultimate Suite version and edition installed on your computer, please open any Excel file, go to the Ablebits Data tab, and click the Help button.

In the drop-down list, pick the About... option:
Click About.
In the About window, you will see the license name and key:

  • You have the Personal Edition of Ultimate Suite, if this window looks like this:
    Ultimate Suite Personal Edition.
    The version of the product are the five digits after the word Version.
  • You have installed the Business Edition of Ultimate Suite, if you see this window:
    Ultimate Suite Business Edition.
    The version of the product are the five digits after the word Version.
  • If you have the Terminal Server Edition (obsolete), you will see its name in the window:
    Ultimate Suite Terminal Server Edition.
    The version of the product are the five digits after the word Version.

    Please remember or write down the edition and the version.

Compare them to the version and edition you ordered

When you have detected the edition and the version of the product you have on your machine, open the email that contains the license key and find the edition and version of the add-in you have ordered. Please compare them.



I installed the Ablebit for excel personal edition on 3 laptops. Now I removed the installation from 1 laptop and trying to install to another laptop, but it doesn't work.

Please advise.



Hi Yanal,

Thank you for contacting us. For me to be able to assist you better, please try to activate the product again and if you get the same error message, please send me a screenshot with the activation wizard step where you enter the license details and the error message you get to I will do my best to assist.

Please also remember that Ultimate Suite Personal can be installed only on 2 machines of a single user.

Stephen J Ashton says:
August 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm

I am having issues registering as it will not accept my licence for the installation, shows as being version 2020.1.2424.506...please help..


Hi Stephen,

Thank you for your comment. I've just sent you an email with your upgraded license key and direct download link, please check your Inbox. Thanks!

James Young says:
July 29, 2020 at 11:45 pm

I purchased the ultimate Suite Avast antivirus protection for my computer but I am unable to get it installed I need help


Hello James,

Thank you for contacting us. I’m really sorry that you encountered difficulties with our product. For us to be able to help you better, please describe the problem you're experiencing in more detail. Do you get any error message during the installation/running/activation of the add-in? If you send us any screenshots illustrating the problem to, it would be very helpful.

Thank you.

michael r. olson says:
July 25, 2020 at 2:59 am

I've installed and have been using your product for a year. Because of covid-19, I'm trying to install it on my home pc, but it says that I have an incorrect license key. I'm putting in the license name as it appears on the order receipt from Avangate BV dba 2Checkout, and the license key with dashes included but it's not working. I've tried without dashes, dropping my middle initial, but nothing has worked. Can you assist me?


Hello Michael,

Thank you for your comment. I've just sent you your upgraded license details via email. Please check your Inbox. Thank you.

Kurt M Bryant says:
July 18, 2020 at 5:11 pm

I'm needing to move my license from an old computer to my new computer. This is the version I originally installed in mid-Nov 2019 Ultimate Suite 2018 for Excel, Personal Edition


Hello Kurt,

Your license was upgraded to version 2020 of the add-in for free. I have just sent your new license details to Thank you.

Robert Steven Orto says:
September 27, 2019 at 12:40 pm

I purchased a edition of ablebits and when I went to load it, it said I have the wrong edition.
Why was it not noted to check the edition prior to the purchase.
I have asked for a refund and I am purchasing the correct edition now.
the payment processing company says that you may or may not refund the original purchase.
If you do it takes a week to process.
I like your product but the process to purchase is bad to the point of deceptiveness. Then to hear you might or might not refund the money.

Katerina Bespalaya says:
September 27, 2019 at 1:08 pm

Hello Robert,

The order for the wrong version of the product has already been refunded. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Sebin Siby George says:
August 2, 2019 at 2:30 am

I am getting this error,
Sorry, you are trying to activate Ablebits, ultimate suit with key for an ultimate suit, business edition.
please make sure you install and activate the correct product


Hi Sebin,
Thank you for contacting us.

Our support team assistant has replied to you via an email. Please check your Inbox and follow the instructions provided. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to address them to Thank you.

Russ Lowell says:
July 15, 2019 at 11:44 am

I have an existing key and it is not working for the version (2018.5.2020) I just downloaded and installed (due to laptop issues). Please let me know how I obtain a key that works with this version.

Thank you

Katerina Bespalaya says:
July 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm

Hello Russ,

Your comment above contained personal details (the license key) so I had to edit it. I've just replied to you by email and sent you the upgraded key. If you don't see my message in your Inbox, please check your Spam/Junk/Trash email folders. Thank you.

Bruno Anjos says:
June 4, 2019 at 4:20 pm

Look, I'm having an issue with my license. It says:

"Sorry, this key does not match the edition you have installed. Please check your edition as explained in the instruction that will open in a moment."

Well, I downloaded it from the link you had on your email. I need a fix.


Hello Bruno,
Thank you for contacting us.

Could you please send us your order number or license key to We'll check it in our records and send you the detailed instructions on how to install and activate the add-in you have a license for.

Thank you.

Styles Crawford-Jennings says:
June 4, 2019 at 1:02 pm

Hi - I have accidentally purchased the wrong ablebits tool and need the business one - Can I pay the extra $40 to upgrade and/or get a refund?




Thank you for contacting us.

We have just replied to you in an email, please check your Spam/Junk/Trash email folders if you still don’t see our email in your Inbox.

Tamara Stovall says:
April 29, 2019 at 2:23 pm

I purchased the personal and would like to upgrade to the business. What do I do?


Hello Tamara,
Thank you for contacting us.

We've just replied you in an email. Please check your Inbox.
Thank you.


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