Many people report a Windows Activation problem, and dealing with this with the overflow of information on the internet is getting quite confusing. So, in this guide, we’ll be going over the 0xC004F012 Windows Activation Error and how to fix it.

This activation issue usually comes with an error message: “We can’t activate windows on this device because you don’t have a valid digital license or product key”. There could be two possible reasons besides miscellaneous glitching, and it is either a corrupt license repository or an upgrade issue.

Below we’ve gathered some fixes that have worked out for users facing the same problem as yours. So, try them out one by one and see which one works out for you.

Fix 1: SFC/DISM Scans

These two scans, known as the System File Checker and DISM are responsible for handling these kinds of issues as they deal with file corruption in the system, detecting them, highlighting them, removing them, and then replacing them.

You can use these tools easily through the command prompt by opening it as administrator by pressing the Win + R buttons to launch the run dialog. There, type in CMD and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys. Once the CMD window appears, type sfc /scannow and hit enter; let the scan complete. Then type DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth and hit Enter to execute. Once done with the procedure, restart your PC and see if the Windows Activation error bothers you again or not.

Fix 2: Rebuild Activation Tokens

Many users report activation tokens are the heart of the 0xC004F012 error in Windows. This is because these files are an integral part of the Windows Activation process, and any corruption in them can result in errors.

To apply this fix, open File explorer and get to the C:\Windows\System32\SPP\Store\2.0 directory. Once there, look for a tokens.dat file and right-click on it to rename it to tokens.old. After that, launch CMD as an administrator via the run dialog by pressing Win + R, typing ‘cmd’, and pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys. Once the CMD window appears, type in the ‘net start sppsvc’ command and hit Enter to execute it. Then, type the ‘cscript.exe slmgr.vbs /rilc’ and hit Enter again to execute another command.

Once done, restart the computer two times and upon the last reboot, open the Windows Settings and head to the System section. You’ll find an Activation section here, so click on Troubleshoot once you go there. The troubleshooting with fix the Windows 0xC004F012 error.

Fix 3: Use CMD to Activate Windows

Since the error is related to Windows Activation, then why not try to reactivate it through CMD? Follow the steps below carefully, as we’ll show you how to activate your Windows using CMD.

Open CMD as an administrator, and when the CMD window appears, type in the ‘slmgr.vbs.ipk <product key>’ command and hit Enter. Here, place your product key in the bold section above. After that, type in the ‘slmgr.vbs/ato’ and hit Enter once again. After the process completes, close all open tabs, restart your computer, and see if the problem persists.

Fix 4: Restart Startup Protection Service

Solving the Windows Activation Error 0xC004F012 can be pretty straightforward. Hopefully, the fixes above make sense to you, and you will get your problem resolved.

However, if you’re still facing the problem, we suggest you restart the startup service by going over to the Services settings through the run dialog by typing ‘services.msc’ and hitting Enter. You’ll find a Software Protection Service icon that you’ll need to right-click on to access the properties. Once there, click on Stop; after a while, click on Start. Then, under the Startup Type drop-down menu, select the Automatic mode and apply the changes. Once done with the procedure, close all the tabs and restart your PC to see if the problem persists.

The Error Code ‘0xC004F012: Windows Activation Problem’ can be a simple error to get around. Hopefully, the fixes we’ve mentioned helped you fix the issue. However, if the problem still bothers you, we suggest you reset your Windows as a last resort. If you are facing errors and issues with other PC games or your PC, then also see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes.

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