Easy Fix Error Code: 0xc004f074 – Office 2010/2013/2016 Activation Error

When you launch MS Office product, it will ask you to register the product and While activating MS Office 2010/2013/2016 or 2019, you might get following error message:

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 Event Log for additional information.

In this article, I will explain why this activation error appears and how can you easily fix it.

How to Fix MS Office Activation Error 0xC004F074

There are various reasons that can cause such office activation error. In order to remove this problem, you need to follow the fixing techniques carefully. If you have not much time to do it manually, then you can opt for method 1 to fix this problem automatically.

Method 1: Fix using Advanced System Repair Tool

Error 0xC004F074 mostly caused when the source file is corrupted, missing DLL files and another system files, invalid or corrupted registry entries, outdated system software, drivers and operating system etc. If your PC has recovered from the serious virus or malware attack then there might be a chance to get the same error. Advanced System Repair Tool is all in one repair tool for Windows PC that takes care of all PC problems and fixes them using a single button.

Method 2: Fix Date and Time issues

Mostly this activation error 0xC004F074 occurs when your PC’s date and time is not correct. Go to the following setting and sync date and time with the current time zone.

Step 1: Go to Control Panel > Clock and Region. Select Set the time and date under Date and Time option.


Step 2: Go to Internet Time Tab and click on Change Settings… button.


Step 3: Click on Update now button to sync date and time automatically.


Method 3: Reset TCP/IP and Flush DNS

Resetting TCP/IP and flushing DNS may fix this problem permanently. Here is the guide to reset tcp/ip and flush dns.

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as Administrator


Step 2: Flush DNS using the following command.

ipconfig /flushdns

Step 3: Run the following command to reset TCP/IP

netsh int ip reset

Step 4: Reboot your PC.
Step 5: Open Run Dialog box by pressing Windows Key + R, and type slui 3 command and click OK.


Step 6: It will open Windows Activation box. Enter your product key here and click Next to register window.


Method 4: Disable and Re-enable DNS host

If the above method doesn’t work well then you can disable DNS and then re-enable using Registry Editor. Make sure to make Registry Backup before proceeding following method.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open Run command. Type regedit and click OK to open registry editor.


Step 2: Go to the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform


Step 3: Right-click on Edit > New > DWORD(32-bit) Value and create a new item. Rename it to DisableDnsPublishing.


Step 4: Right-click on this value and select Modify. Here change its value 0 to 1 and click OK. It will disable DNS publishing.


Step 5: Reboot your PC. After rebooting you must change its value 1 to 0 in order to enable DNS.


In this article, I have tried to tell you the most possible ways to fix MS Office Activation Error 0xc004f074 in Windows 7/8/10. This method works on almost all the MS Office Version like Office 2010/2013/2016/2019 and Office 365.

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