How to fix Windows 8.1 activation error : 0xC004F074

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How to fix Windows 8.1 activation error : 0xC004F074

I recently upgraded from windows 8 to windows 8.1 and i was unable to activate my windows, this is what worked for me:

Solution 1:
1)Open cmd(command prompt) with administrator rights
2)Type slmgr.vbs –ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx (x should be replaced by your 25 digit product key)
3)Hit enter
4)Type slmgr.vbs –ato (This will change the product key)
5)Hit enter

Solution 2:
1) Start then Run and Type Slui 3 (Slui 4 for…


  1. Hey, I have windows 8 pro build 9200, my laptop was working fine for last 2years and 2 months but the activation problem has popped up now and I cannot activate it. Also, I do not have a product key.

  2. Hi, i wanna activate Windows 10 Enterprise, but i can't, because i get the 0xC004F074 error…i don't know what can i do, please help me fast, because i have just 4 days from trial time.
    Thanks the help for everyone!
    (And sorry my bad english 😄)

  3. i am getting this 0xC004F074 error, it says that i'm not on a corporatve network and I have to connect to one. But the thing is that this is my home pc, i don't use it at work! can someone help me?

  4. I tried both solutions but they didn't work. When trying solution 1 when i type in my product key it works then but when i type "slmgr.vbs -ato" and hit enter I get a window script host that says:

    Activating Windows(R), ProfessionalWMC edition
    (096ce63d-4fac-48a9-82a9-61ae9e800e5f) …
    Error: 0xC004F074 The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer
    could not be activated. No Key Management Service (KMS) could be contacted.
    Please see the Application Log for additional information

    Any idea what the problem is? Thanks

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