Error 0xC004F01F usually appears after installing Windows update. The windows will start showing the following error to activate Windows 8. Even if you try to update using the original activation key, it still fails.
“The following failure occurred while trying to use the product key:
The Software Licensing Service determined that the license is invalid.”
Cause of Error 0xC004F01F
It seems the error is associated with Windows update KB3058163. Microsoft is aware of the problem and installing the latest updates should fix the problem.
In this article, let me explain the troubleshooting steps in case if none of the option worked.
Complete troubleshooting Guide to fix Windows 8 Activate Error 0xC004F01F
Do an SFC Scan
SFC scan is done to check the integrity of Operating system files. The OS files may get corrupted as a result of virus and malware attack, compatibility issues with third party software and problems with corrupted updates. By doing a SFC scan, these corrupted OS files are replaced by the original ones. To do SFC scan
- Open command prompt with Admin rights
- Type sfc /scannow
- Restart computer
- Try to activate Windows
Uninstall Windows update KB3058168 and KB3058163
These Windows updates are known to create the problem. Check for these updates – KB3058168 and KB3058163 under the list of installed updates and then Uninstall these updates. Then do a Windows update to install the latest updates. This should fix the problem.
- Go to Control Panel
- Open Programs and Features
- Click View installed updates
- Check for the above mentioned update and uninstall it
- Restart computer
- Do a windows update and check the status.
If this didn’t work, try the next step.
Refresh your PC without affecting your files
This is a feature which allows Windows operating system to original manufacturer settings without affecting any files. By doing this all operating system files will retain its original value. All the windows updates will be removed. You will have to re-install these updates once the process is complete. Doing a PC Refresh is not supposed to destroy the installed programs, documents, music files or movies. But it is better to take a backup of important files to make sure if something goes wrong, you still have access to these files.
- Go to PC settings
- Go to General
- Select Refresh your PC without affecting your files
- Once the process is complete, do a windows update and check if the problem is fixed.
Hopefully, you should be able to fix Windows 8 activate error 0xC004F01F by following the steps. Please send us your queries or feedback using the comment section.