This tutorial is a comprehensive technical guide on how to fix the Activation context generation failed error in Windows 10. The error is basically associated with a host of programs, which suffer some sort of compatibility issue with the Visual C++ package.
At times, this error message is only logged in Event Viewer, but does not, in any way, disrupts the smooth-running of the affected program. At other times, however, the application experiences periodic or frequent crashes, in which case, it becomes a serious issue.
To fix this error, follow the guidelines in this tutorial.
How to fix Activation context generation failed error? If you encounter this error, the first thing you should do is to reinstall the affected application. If that doesn’t help, try disabling all non-essential startup services and applications. Lastly, try reinstalling Visual C++ redistributables.
How can I fix Activation context generation failed error?
1. Reinstall affected application
First off, when you come across the Activation context generation failed error, especially if it affects the stability of the host program, you can try and reinstall the program. By reinstalling the program, the fresh installation might offer a more advanced setup that is compatible with the Microsoft Visual C++ package.
There are several ways to reinstall an application, but we recommend using uninstaller software such as IOBit Uninstaller. By using uninstaller software, you’ll ensure that the affected application is completely removed from your PC. By doing so, you’ll prevent any potential issues from appearing in the future.
Once you reinstall the affected application, check if the issue is still there.
2. Clean Boot System & Reinstall Program
In the event that Activation context generation failed causes the affected program to crash, you can run a clean boot in Windows to resolve the issue.
To do this, follow the steps outlined below:
- Log on to your PC as an admin.
- Open the Start Menu and type msconfig to open System Configuration.
- Click on System Configuration from the list of options (search results).
- In the System Configuration window, navigate to the Services. Locate and check the Hide all Microsoft service. Click on Disable all by the right-hand side.
- Click on the Startup tab (right next to ‘Services’). Click on the Open Task Manager link.
- In the Task Manager, go to the Startup. Right-click on each Startup entry and select Disable.
- Exit the Task Manager window and go to the previous window.
- Click OK.
- Restart PC.
- Reinstall affected program.
Check if the program now runs fine. If the problem persists, you can proceed to the next solution.
Note: This method is only applicable if the error crashes the affected program. It is basically aimed at repairing the crashed program, and thus might not fully resolve the issue. This means that the error message might still appear in Event Viewer/application log.
3. Reinstall Microsoft Visual C++
As emphasized earlier, the primary cause of this error is the backward incompatibility of a program with the Microsoft Visual C++ components.
This means that the version of Microsoft Visual C++ on your system is too advanced to support such program; hence the Activation context generation failed error. In this case, the ultimate solution might be to reinstall an earlier version of the Visual C++ package and see if it resolves the issue.
To determine the version of the C++ redistributable package to install, certain factors need to be considered. Basically, it is recommended you check the year (and month) the affected application was developed.
Once this is known, you can proceed and download a version of the redistributable package that was released a year or two prior to the development of the affected program.
We have outlined three solutions in this tutorial, which, if applied as appropriate, should fix the Activation context generation failed error. Feel free to try all of our solutions and let us know in the comments section below which solution worked for you.