Sorry, something went wrong: The context has expired and can no longer be used

 How to get rid of the following error in your SharePoint Web Application:

“The context has expired and can no longer be used”

I encountered this error a couple of times and decided to write a quick guide explaining the solution.

This error happens after opening SharePoint 2013 site. Sorry, something went wrong. The context has expired and can no longer be used. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80090317)


  • Open Central Administration -> Application Management.


  • Locate the relevant web application and click on03.png
  • The Web Application General Setting window will open, notice that the Default Time Zone is missing


  • Open the Date and Time options on your server and check that the time zone is configured.


  • Return to Web Application General Settings and configure the time zone of your server.
  • Perform iisreset

Hooray! Your SharePoint web application works again!


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    sp re

    Nice post. Here is one more post explaining the same issue

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    Meester Unnone

    While this may sometimes explain the issue it is not definitive. I suspect that it has to do with a server / farm that is short on resources and time delays are occurring and/or the distributed cache is filling up and kicking things out. Still working on my instance of this issue :(

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