Fix error 0xc004f074 in Windows 10 in a couple of steps

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by Ivan Jenic
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  • If Windows 10 shows you the error code 0xc004f074 after an update, this usually prevents you continuing with the activation process of the operating system.
  • In such a case, you need to work from the top down until you find a solution that works. They apply in your case, but be sure of the fact that we have plenty of other activation error fixes.
  • For any other update issues you might encounter, take a closer look at the Windows update errors hub of tutorials we have prepared for those in need.
  • Visit our great Windows 10 errors hub for a lot more solutions to common issues.
How to fix error 0xc004f074

Usually, after you made the upgrade to Windows 10, you are supposed to activate your product. Well, some users got the error code 0xc004f074 instead and are unable to continue with the activation process of the operating system.

There are several methods that we are going to do in order to fix this issue that you get in Windows 10. Keep in mind that you need to follow the instructions below very carefully to fix error 0xc004f074 in the shortest time possible.

So, without any further delay, here are the steps to take to get rid of the error 0xc004f074 and activate your product.

How can I fix error 0xc004f074 in Windows 10?

1. Use the slmgr.vbs command

  1. On the start screen of the Windows 10 PC, left-click on the Desktop icon you have on that menu.
  2. When you opened the desktop you will need to left-click on the start button and left-click on the icon Command Prompt but be sure to open the one with administrative rights.
    Note: To open a command prompt with administrative rights you need to right-click on the Command Prompt icon and left-click on Run as administrator.
  3. If prompted by a message left click on the Yes button to proceed further.
  4. In the Command Prompt window you will need to write the following command slmgr.vbs –ipk YYYYY- YYYYY – YYYYY – YYYYY – YYYYY
    Note: Replace the Y letters in the code with your product key number. And also the product key should have 25 numbers.
  5. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  6. Write again in the command prompt window the following command: slmgr.vbs –ato.
  7. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  8. Reboot the computer and see if your device gives you the same error.

Work in Command Prompt like a real technician following our simple guide!

2. Use the Slui 3 command

  1. While on your start screen you need to press and hold the button Windows and the button R.
  2. A Run window should open and you need to write in there Slui 3.
  3. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  4. Write in the next window that appears your operating system product key.
  5. Left-click or tap on the Activate button.
  6. Reboot the Windows 10 device.
  7. Check and see if you still have this issue.

3. Run SFC scan

  1. Open the Command Prompt window as you did in the first method and with administrative rights.
  2. Left-click on the yes button if you are prompted by a window.
  3. Type in the Command Prompt window the following command: sfc /scannowSFC scan
  4. Let the SFC scan run and when it is finished reboot the computer.
  5. Check and see if you still have that message.

4. Run the Update and Activation Troubleshooters

Since this error code usually occurs shortly after you installed the latest updates on your computer, running the Update Troubleshooter may also help you fix it.

Go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshooter > select Windows Update and run the troubleshooter.

windows 10 update troubleshooter

If the error persists, run the Windows 10 Activation Troubleshooter as well. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation > Troubleshooter.

Wait until the tool completes the troubleshooting process, restart your computer and check if the error code 0xc004f074 persists.

windows activation troubleshooter

5. Contact Microsoft Support

Try calling Microsoft support team and tell them what is the error you are getting and ask them to change your product key. In some cases when you try to use the product key too many times, it will get blocked by the server.

In this case, you need to reset the product key with the help of Microsoft’s support team.

So, the methods above should help you solve your issue with the error code 0xc004f074 so that you can activate your Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system.

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If you have any additional questions regarding this issue, let us know in the comments below.

FAQ: Learn more about error code 0xC004f074 and your product key

  • What does error code 0xC004f074 mean?

This is often a sign that the Key Management Service could not be contacted during the activation procedure, so feel free to use this guide on how to fix error 0xc004f074 in Windows 10.

  • How do I find my product key?

For the latest PCs, the key is stored in the UEFI firmware or BIOS. If you can’t find it there, the key should be on a certificate of authenticity sticker on your computer or its power supply.

  • Is Product ID the same as the product key?

There is often confusion regarding the Product ID and the product key. They aren’t one and the same.

If the Product ID simply indicates your Windows version, the product key is the 25 characters code used to activate Windows.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in October 2014 and was revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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  • I upgraded early from my Windows 7 Professional operating system to Windows 10 home OS being bought MS legal license from ODosta Store, Which takes 5 hours due to the internet slow speed, But faced many technical issues.
    Beside of, I got everyday new updates from Microsoft server, That’s why I disappointed with performance of new OS, That’s why I format it and again install windows 7 pro.
    Last week, I read at your blog as Microsoft has stopped continually updates and now we may use constant windows 10, So I purchased its license and upgraded my OS.
    Now its working well. Thanks for providing us great information and support.

  • This whole BIG RELEASE of Windows 10 is becoming a BIG JOKE. It’s taken me 8 time to try and load this FREEBE and it has caused just problem after problem. All I get for my effort is this “error code 0xc004f074” Now I can’t activate the bloody thing and I have a certified Windows 7. What’s with this company. All you’ve told me is to follow your instructions but with out the KEY I can’t. I never got a KEY when I bought the computer. I can’t find it anywhere on the computers. THANKS for nothing !!!!!

    Try calling Microsoft support team ????? where is the phone number ????? DAH !!!!