Most probably you are getting the Windows activation error code 0xc004c003 & 0xC004E002 when you try to activate Windows Server, 8, 10 & 11 machine. In this article, we will guide you on how to fix these activation errors easily and activate your Windows copy easily. You may receive one of the following errors:
Description: The activation server determined that the specified product key has been blocked.
Description: The Software Licensing Service reported that the license store contains inconsistent data.
KB5001692: Windows Activation fails with error 0xc004c003 on devices which have installed the Windows 10 January 2021 nonsecurity preview release or a later version.
You may receive this error due to one of the possible reasons:
- Your product key is expired or invalid.
- Incorrect permissions are set on the Tokens.dat file
- Tokens.dat file is corrupted
- You are using the OEM key to activate Windows.
- Registry file is corrupted.
- Malware or trojans are inside the PC
To fix this issue, you need to go through several steps of fixing like setting up correct permission, repairing registry files, arranging a fresh product key, or repairing the Tokens.dat file. In this article, we will try to cover everything that could fix your problem.
Method 1: Fix using Advanced System Repair Tool
This tool is designed to find and repair problems in Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11, and Windows Server machines. It finds and repair bugs in the registry file, fix the missing DLL file, exe file, sys file, and other missing file issues, updates windows driver and fixes driver errors, and so on. It is all in one Windows optimization tool that fixes and optimizes windows machine for smooth and fast performance.
Method 2: Repair the “Activation Failed” problem using Windows Activation Troubleshooter.
Windows Activation Troubleshooter fixes the activation issue automatically when you run it. However, the troubleshooter settings appear only when your Windows 10 or Windows 11 is not activated. You can run Activation Troubleshooter as follows:
Method 3: Run Slmgr.vbs Command
The slmgr is a short form of Software Licensing Management Tools. It is a VBS script that is used for performing advanced windows activation management. If you are tired of activating windows using the traditional windows activation windows, you must try this command-line tool to activate windows.
slmgr.vbs –ipk XXXXX-XXXXX–XXXXX–XXXXX–XXXXX
Method 4: Set the correct permission
icacls "%windir%\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WSLicense" /grant "BUILTIN\Administrators:(OI)(CI)(F)" "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(OI)(CI)(F)" "NETWORK SERVICE:(OI)(CI)(F)"
Method 5: Rename Tokens.dat file.
net stop sppsvc
ren tokens.dat tokens.bar
net start sppsvc
cd %windir% \System32
cscript slmgr.vbs -rilc
Apart from it, you keep trying to activate windows because whenever a new version is released, the server receives heavy loads and failed to provide activation service sometimes. So, keep trying at different times of day and night and you will be able to activate windows successfully. If it doesn’t help, contact your manufacturer for the new keys or contact Microsoft Support Team.
In this article, I tried to explain all the possible methods to fix windows activation errors 0xc004c003 & 0xC004E002. If you get another beautiful method to fix this error, must mention it in the comment section.