You might not be able to activate your version of Windows. The error code that occurs when this procedure fails is 0xc004f063, and the error code is always accompanied by the error message “Software licensing service has reported that the computer BIOS does not require a license”.
This problem occurs most often in Windows 7, but also occurs in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. What causes activation error 0xc004f063? There are several possible causes: license limitation, BIOS inconsistency, corrupted system files, and license key mismatch.
If you are having problems with Windows activation error 0xc004f063, follow the instructions below to solve the problem.
Run the Windows 10 activation troubleshooter
This is the first fix you should try if you are using Windows 10. Many users have been able to fix error 0xc004f063 after running the activation troubleshooter and rebooting their computer.
The Activation Troubleshooter is an automated tool that can be used to implement recovery strategies to remove license restrictions that have occurred. Note that this built-in tool is not available in earlier versions of Windows.
To use the activation troubleshooter, follow these steps:
- Go to the Start menu and type “run” in the search bar. Then click the option in the search results to open the Run dialog box. You can also use a combination of the Windows logo key and the R keyboard.
- Now type (or copy and paste) “ms-settings: activity” into the text box of the Run dialog box and press Enter on your keyboard or press OK. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be taken to the Activation tab in the Windows Settings application.
- Click the Troubleshooting link that appears at the bottom of the right-hand pane.
- Wait for the tool to check for problems on your computer. Once the scan is complete and any inconsistencies are detected, you will be presented with a remediation strategy. Click Apply this fix.
- Then restart your computer.
- If the error persists after running the Windows Activation Troubleshooter, move on to the next fix.
Activate your Windows with SLMGR
If you get an activation error message 0xc004f063 when you try to activate your PRO key immediately after sending it, the problem is most likely due to the BIOS still using the Windows startup key. This often happens if you pre-activated a pre-activated computer and then reset it.
In this case, your operating system tries to activate the operating system using the key stored in the BIOS, regardless of which activation key you want to apply. You can replace the wrong activation key by running a series of commands from the command line.
Step 1: Type cmd in the search box, right-click Command Prompt, then click Run as administrator.
Step 2: Run the following commands (replace the Windows key with your license key) to replace the used license key with the correct one:
slmgr / ipk
slmgr / ato
Once the process is complete, restart your computer and check if the 0xc004f063 activation error persists. If your Windows build still does not activate, try the method below.
Perform SFC and DISM checks
To fix Windows activation error 0xc004f063, run the built-in Windows system scanners called System File Check (SFC) and Deployment Image Maintenance and Management (DISM). Both can fix sometimes minor local problems, even though they cause such problems.
- Press Windows + R and type cmd in Run.
- Right-click the command line and select “Run as administrator”.
- In the “User Account Control” window that pops up, click “Yes.”
- When you open the command prompt, type the following commands. Press Enter after each one.
- Dism.exe / online / clean-up-image / scanhealth
- Dism.exe / online / clean-up-image / restorehealth
The process can take place. Therefore, do not close the command line. These commands are responsible for checking your computer’s health and then loading serviceable files to restore damaged files. Once the process is complete, open the command line again as described above and enter the following commands. Press Enter to run it.
sfc / scannow.
Finally, restart the system.
Recreate the Windows license store.
You can restore the corrupted Windows activation file and see if it helps you fix this error. Try this:
1] Open a command prompt with administrator privileges.
2] Type the following set of individual commands and press Enter for each:
- clean stop sppsvc
- cd% windir% ServiceProfilesLocalServiceAppDataLocalMicrosoftWSLicense
- ren tokens.dat tokens.bar
- Clean start of sppsvc
- exe% windir% system32slmgr.vbs / rilc
Now exit the command line window and see if the error persists.