If you have tried to activate your copy of Windows over the Internet, and failed, with perhaps any of the following error codes, like with error code 0x8004FE33, 0×80004005, 0x8004FE33, you may want to follow this tutorial and see if any of it helps you troubleshoot the issue. While the article may show Windows 8 screenshots or reference Windows 8, the same discussion applies to Windows 7 and Windows Vista too.
Windows Activation fails
If you have tried to enter your license key and activate it over the Internet, during installation or later by bringing up SLUI.EXE 3 and failed, you have another option and that is to activate Windows 8 using the telephone.
Activate Windows by Phone
To do so, type SLUI.EXE 4 in search bar and hit Enter to open the following dialog box.
Select your country from the drop-down menu and click on Next. You will be able to see some toll-free phone numbers which you can call. Call one of those numbers (Step 1).
When the operator comes on-line, you will required to give the mentioned numbers (Step 2 in image) to the other person, who will in turn give you a Confirmation ID, which you will need to enter (Step 3).
Once done, click on Activate.
Once activated, you may wish to view the Licensing Status and Activation ID of your Windows OS with slmgr.vbs.
As mentioned, you can follow this procedure for activation any version or edition of Windows, including Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
Configure Proxy Server
Advanced users may want to configure the proxy server to disable basic Authentication or exclude the URLs, suggested by Microsoft, for the certificate revocation lists (CRLs) from the requirement for Basic authentication:
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