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When using the Activation Wizard with the licence file received from Squared Up you receive the following error:

Activation error:

General activation failure. Details: Exception has been thrown by the target invocation.

Or while doing an online activation you see the following error page:

Sorry  - an unexpected error occurred

Something has gone wrong on the web server and all we can show is the following error message: 'Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation'.



This typically occurs when either

  • FIPS mode is enabled
  • manual activation licence file has been corrupted or damaged. Especially during transit in an email, it's possible for the licence file to be stripped or reformatted by security tools. Retry the manual activation, or contact Squared Up support to receive a different copy of the file.