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Once Windows 8 was announced, a lot of Windows users were quick to adapt to the latest Operating System. That was soon followed by the release of Windows 8.1. and the same trend continued. Usually, when a switch is made from one OS to another, it is very common that a lot of problems will be reported.
One of the early reported problems is the issues related to activation error 0xC004F074. After installing, you are supposed to activate windows. But some users have reported an error code 0xC004F074 during the time of activation.
This error code appears only during the time of activation when the Software Licensing Service reports that it cannot activate the product key since the Key Management Service cannot be contacted.
The steps below will help you fix the problem easily. This can also be tried for the error code 0x8007232B.
- Open cmd(command prompt) with administrator rights
- Type slmgr.vbs –ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx (x should be replaced by your 25 digit product key)
- Hit Enter
- Type slmgr.vbs –ato (This will change the product key)
- Hit Enter
Another method for fixing activation error 0xC004F074
- Start ->Run ->Type Slui 3 (Slui 4 for activating by phone)
- Enter Product key
- Click Activate
Other methods to try
The issue might be with corrupt system files. Run an SFC scan. This scan checks for OS file integrity. If the scan finds any corrupted file, it will automatically try to fix the file. Mostly SFC scan can fix most problems, but if it cannot you may end up doing a repair installation or a completely clean installation.
- Open command prompt(with admin rights).
- Type sfc /scannow
Try activating Windows after the scan is complete.
The product key has exceeded its unlock limit
Trying to activate too many times can lead to a server error “the product key has exceeded its unlock limit”. Once you get this message, there are only 2 things to do.
- Dial the automated system and try to activate product by phone.
- If that failed, talk to a Microsoft technician. Be prepared with details of your purchase of the product as the technician is sure to ask questions to confirm if the product is genuine. Once confirmed, they will reset the product key on their server and you wont have any more problems in activating.
At present, there are a lot of reported issues related to activation. I will be updating this article on a regular basis on steps that could be used to fix this problem.
This should fix activation error 0xC004F074. Enjoy your copy of Windows 8.