Troubleshoot Volume Activation error codes and error messages on Windows

If you are trying to activate your copy of Windows using the Multiple Activation Key (MAK) or the Key Management Service (KMS) to perform Volume Activation on one or more on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista-based computers, but find that you get an error code and message, then this article may help you.

 

The following is the list of Volume Activation error codes and error messages which one could get while trying to activate Windows:

0xC004C003 The activation server determined the specified product key is blocked.

0xC004B100 The activation server determined that the computer could not be activated.

0xC004C008 The activation server determined that the specified product key could not be used.

xC004C020 The activation server reported that the Multiple Activation Key has exceeded its limit.

0xC004C021 The activation server reported that the Multiple Activation Key extension limit has been exceeded.

0xC004F009 The software Licensing Service reported that the grace period expired.

0xC004F00F The Software Licensing Service reported that the hardware ID binding is beyond level of tolerance.

0xC004F014 The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is not available

0xC004F02C The software Licensing Service reported that the format for the offline activation data is incorrect.

0xC004F035 The software Licensing Service reported that the computer could not be activated with a Volume license product key. Volume licensed systems require upgrading from a qualified operating system. Please contact your system administrator or use a different type of key.

0xC004F038 The software Licensing Service reported that the computer could not be activated. The count reported by your Key Management Service (KMS) is insufficient. Please contact your system administrator.

0xC004F039 The software Licensing Service reported that the computer could not be activated. The Key Management Service (KMS) is not enabled.

0xC004F041 The software Licensing Service determined that the Key Management Server (KMS) is not activated. KMS needs to be activated.

0xC004F042 The software Licensing Service determined that the specified Key Management Service (KMS) cannot be used.

0xC004F050 The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is invalid.

0xC004F051 The software Licensing Service reported that the product key is blocked.

0xC004F064 The software Licensing Service reported that the non-Genuine grace period expired.

0xC004F065 The software Licensing Service reported that the application is running within the valid non-genuine grace period.

0xC004F066 The Software Licensing Service reported that the product SKU is not found.

0xC004F068 The software Licensing Service determined that it is running in a virtual machine. The Key Management Service (KMS) is not supported in this mode.

0xC004F069 The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer could not be activated. The Key Management Service (KMS) determined that the request timestamp is invalid.

0xC004F06C The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer could not be activated. The Key Management Service (KMS) determined that the request timestamp is invalid.

0x80070005 Access denied the requested action requires elevated privileges.

0x8007232A DNS server failure.

0x8007232B DNS name does not exist.

0x800706BA The RPC server is unavailable.

0x8007251D No records found for DNS query.

0x80092328 DNS name does not exist.

To see specific troubleshooting which Microsoft has recommended, visit KB938450.

If you need additional assistance, you can always contact the Product Activation Call Center.

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