If you are trying to activate your Windows 10 and facing the Activation Error Code 0xC004F012, then it is not a new thing. Sometimes, the Windows 10 activation is not easy and you may get this error very often. If you are facing this error then it means that your Microsoft Licensing Store files are corrupted or overwritten. Sometimes the error occurs during first time activation, and sometimes during a major upgrade in which the activation status is lost.
The error message which you can see on your screen while clicking the watermark at the bottom-right is:
Windows can’t activate right now. Try activating again later. If that doesn’t work, contact support. Error code: 0xC004F012.
Sometimes a different error message pops up:
The Software Licensing Service reported that the call has failed because the value for the input key was not found.
Methods to Fix Windows 10 Activation Error Code 0xC004F012
Now, let’s see the methods for fixing the Activation Error Code 0xC004F012. Just follow these easy steps and fix your activation problem.
Method 1: Change Windows Product Key
If the KMS host is not located in the DNS, for this problem you have to make sure that the DNS has the correct KMS. The 0xC004F012 error will specify that the file or directory name/ volume label syntax is incorrect. In this case, you will need to change the product key of the Windows as follow:
Step 1: First, you have to close all the opened windows and programs of your PC.
Step 2: Now, open the elevated command prompt and write the following code:
slmgr.vbs.ipk <product key>
In the place of “product key”, write the new product key.
Step 3: After writing the above code, you have to write another code and hit Enter to activate the product key:
After this, your windows will be activated. If this method doesn’t work, you can try another method i.e. Rebuilding the Activation Token File.
Method 2: Rebuild the Activation Token File
This method is considered as the accurate one and always works for this Activation Error. So, to activate your Windows, follow these steps carefully.
Step 1: First, navigate to the path: C:\Windows\System32\SPP\Store\2.0. If you have installed your Windows on a different drive, just replace the C to your Windows drive.
Step 2: In the folder 2.0, you will find a file named as “tokens.dat“. Rename that file to ‘token.old’ and close the file explorer.
Step 3: Now, run command prompt as administrator and type the following command:
net start sppsvc
Step 4: Write another command:
cscript.exe slmgr.vbs /rilc
Step 5: Now, wait for sometime while the command will execute. Once the process will complete, reboot the system twice.
Step 6: After rebooting your PC, now go to Settings and then to Activation. In the Activation windows, run the “Activation Troubleshooter”.
After running the troubleshooter, your problem will be solved. If this does not help, you can solve the error by phone method.
Method 3: Activate Windows 10 using your phone
For activating your Windows 10 via phone, just follow these simple steps.
Step 1: First, type “Slui 4” in Start Search box and hit Enter.
Step 2: Now, you will see different country names, from the list of countries, select your country and click on Next.
Step 3: Keep that window open and call the toll-free number for your country.
Here is the list of Microsoft Volume Licensing Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone numbers:
|Country Name||Toll Calls Number||Toll Free Number|
|Australia||(61) (2) 9870 2131||1800 642 008|
|Canada||(716) 871 2781||(888) 352 7140|
|India||(91) 80 4010 3000||1800 11 11 00 or 1800 102 1100|
|United Kingdom||(44) (203) 147 4930||(0) (800) 018 8354|
|United States||(716) 871 2781||(888) 352 7140|
Step 4: The automated system will give you a confirmation ID. Note down the ID and keep it for further use.
Step 5: Now, type this confirmation ID in the box on the window and click “Activate”.
After typing the Activation ID, your Windows 10 will be activated. Now you can enjoy the activated windows.
So, this is all for this article. Hope you have successfully activated your Windows with the help of above-mentioned methods. If you have any query or stuck somewhere while activating your Windows, you can comment below. If you want to suggest anything, you can freely tell us. We would definitely look after it.
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