This error particularly appears when you have inactive operating system keys or file copies. As a result, you are unable to continue with the activation process.
There are several hearsays solutions available online, but none of them seem to work in your favor. But the solutions mentioned in this article will live up to your expectations.
Continue reading, and check if the methods first.
Solution #1: Run SFC Scan
System File Checker (SFC) scan command in the command prompt here will help you to scan the entire files, locates the corrupted one responsible for the issue, and repairs it automatically.
To do this, follow the steps:
Step 1. Press “Windows + R” keys together and the “Run” search panel would open up.
NOTE: If you can also run the cmd with admin privileges that would be better.
Step 2. In the search field, type “cmd” and hit “Enter”.
Step 3. The black operating Window of cmd will pop up. Here you type sfc /scannow.
Step 4. Be patient and don’t overwrite any other command while the SFC command is scanning the system.
Once it is done, assume that your damaged files are all mended, so hopefully, the error code message will not appear anymore.
But in case it is still iterating, try out the next solution.
Solution #2: Run slmgr.vbs command using command prompt
The slmgr.vbs command prompts the operating system to initiate activation with any available key installed in the operating system.
For this, we are about to use the command prompt again.
Here come the steps for the method:
Step 1. Click on the “Windows” icon to open the start menu.
Step 2. Type “command prompt” and when the result appears, select “Run as administrator” option from the right-click sub-menu.
Step 3. Your cmd operating Windows will open up with administrative rights. If you are prompted with a confirmation message, click on the “Yes” button to proceed.
Step 4. In the dialogue box type, “slmgr.vbs –ipk YYYYY- YYYYY – YYYYY – YYYYY – YYYYY” command. Just replace the Y letters with the 25 digit product key.
Step 5. Hit “Enter”, type the command “slmgr.vbs –ato” and hit “Enter” once again.
Step 6. Finally, restart your computer to check if the error code message is still coming or not.
Solution #3: Run slui 3
Slui 3 command also brings up the act OS activation Window. You can think of it as an alternative to the previous method.
This is what you have to do:
Step 1. Press “Windows + R” keys together to bring up the “Run” search panel.
Step 2. Type “slui 3” in the text field and hit “Enter”.
Step 3. OS activation Window pops up. Enter the product key and click on the “Activate” button.
Step 4. Reboot your system once for a fresh start and check if the issue is still occurring or not.
Solution #4: Run the Update and Activation Troubleshooters
This error code at times also occurs when you install any latest system updates. Thus running the Update Troubleshooter might fix this issue.
It’s pretty simple:
Step 1. Go to “Settings” of Windows 8 or 10.
Step 2. Click on the “Update and Security” option.
Step 3. Under the same category on the left-hand side, click on “Troubleshooter” and on the right-hand panel click on “Run the troubleshooter”.
Step 4. If the error persists, under the “Update and Security” option, click on “Activation” and then “Troubleshoot”.
Once the process is finished, reboot your computer and check again if the problem is resolved or not.
If you have done everything as exactly as mentioned above, then error code 0xC004F074 is not likely to come again. But in case it is still disturbing, contact the Microsoft support team straight away. Request them to change the product key since product keys get blocked by servers if you use them too many times.
They may ask you a few questions for authenticity. You can also ask them to reset the product key instead of renewing it.
Take expert advice on the matter in case of confusion.
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