Tuesday, August 11, 2009 2:20 PM Mikael Sand

Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Firstly: Stop asking me for activation keys (codes)! There is no way I will give you any.

When installing Windows 7 I had just one problem and that was down to my own shortcomings. When I tried to activate Windows it gave me a strange error saying “Error Code 0xC004F074”:

errormessage

The "More Information"-link does not provide much info. The thing is that when you install Windows 7 Enterprise you never really enter and product key and therefore Windows cannot be activated, since the key is moot.

Enter the new keyWhat you have to do is change the product key by clicking the correct link in the activation window. The activation window is found in the Control Panel. Instructions on how to change the product key can be found here. It features instructions on how to do it via UI and command line.

Now enter your proper key and click next and you are done my friend.

Date and Time Zone Settings
Commenter jmbosse89 pointed out that you will also get this error "if your Date and maybe Time Zone/Regional Settings are not matching". This seems to be the most common solution, judging by the comments.
Simply make sure that your system time and time zone are correct.

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# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 3:58 PM by Paul

Thanks, this solved my problem.

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Tuesday, September 08, 2009 6:39 AM by Malte

I also had a problem finding "the link next to activation", since I couldn't find it.

But I found it in the control panel:

Control Panel\System and Security\System

In the bottom there's a link that says "Change Product Key". Click there and change it - voilá... your done :o)

BTW: Installed Windows 7 Enterprise x64 on my iMac, everything works without using any drivers whatsoever - Sweeeeeet! I just looooove Windows 7!

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As response to your input I have updated the post to make it more readable.
Installed Windows 7 on a Mac?! Somewere a mac-owner is crying :-)

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Thursday, September 10, 2009 2:35 PM by Adam

Worked like a charm. Just changed the key to be what I used when I installed Windows 7 and it worked. It just took about a minute to activate itself and now it is happy.

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Friday, October 02, 2009 4:19 AM by Rock

Thanks. it works for me

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Friday, October 02, 2009 5:39 PM by Simon

I found a lot of keys on the web but none of them seem to work. i have the same issue but when i hit "change activation key" the key i enter is invalid 7 days to solve this one :/

Well, I cannot give you any valid keys if that's what you want. E-mail me if you want.

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Friday, October 23, 2009 3:09 PM by Emma

thanks - worked a treat

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# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Monday, December 07, 2009 1:52 PM by jmbosse89

I found out you will get this error if your Date and maybe Time Zone/Regional Settings are not matching.

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# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 4:48 PM by tomko

Thanks jmbosse89, I had my date setting wrong!

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Monday, December 21, 2009 3:42 PM by RLEON

Thanks, the Time/Date settings fix worked. I didn't realize my time zone was correct but the time was off by 11hrs.

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 3:42 PM by Raul

Thaks for the tip!  Works fine.  Thanks again!

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Thursday, January 21, 2010 4:42 AM by kms

Don't apply support.microsoft.com/.../968915 if you computer is a client one. The patch is for a KMS server

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Thursday, February 04, 2010 8:14 PM by BBO

reentering the key in th location Molte mentioned helped me. using the same key I used to install.

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 8:45 AM by Kumaresan

thanks for the solution...

date settings works for me

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Friday, February 12, 2010 11:08 AM by debrad

Please give me an activation code for windows 7 enterprise

Stop asking me for activation codes! I will not EVER give you one.

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Sunday, February 28, 2010 4:31 PM by rexxxona

can anyone send me activation code, please!! alensa28@yahoo.com

[Mikael]: No. Stop asking. Cheapo!

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Monday, March 29, 2010 10:46 AM by Anders

Thanks for the solution!

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Thursday, April 15, 2010 3:36 PM by Jeff

The Windows 7 Enterprise KMS client key is a public key, it still does no good unless you have a KMS server. The key is:

Windows 7 Enterprise - 33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHH

technet.microsoft.com/.../dd772269.aspx

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Sunday, June 06, 2010 5:22 AM by Krunal

Please Send me Windows activation Key  krunalmapara@gmail.com

NO I WILL NOT! Goddammit! Stop asking!

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:13 PM by IanH

You STAR!

Thanks very much!

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Monday, July 05, 2010 3:41 PM by hassan

please send me the product key

summon_11@yahoo.com

NOOOOOOOO! Stop asking!

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Thursday, July 22, 2010 10:23 AM by jeetendra

some error i got on win 7kms is unavaible, why is it happen so, is any other product key u can send me

[Noooooooo! I will not send you any key!]

THANKS IN ADVANCE,

terminator.jadon@gmail.com

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Monday, September 20, 2010 8:37 PM by David

Yes, the date/time setting change was what fixed this error for me.    I had the correct time but didn't notice that the date was three months in the past...

Good to see the commentor that mentioned that got credit in the article.

[Mikael]: Credit to whom ever credit is due :-)

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Tuesday, October 05, 2010 4:33 AM by Mika

I checked : Control Panel\System and Security\System ~ my problem now is I can't find the "Change Product Key" so I have no clue where to key in my activation key. I hope I can activate my Windows 7 Enterprise soon, I've been searching for ways on how to activate it and get rid of the pop up that goes everytime I turn on my laptop. The activation pop up thing.

I hope this blog is still active and someone will respond. Thank you.

Mikael: Yes! It's still active, however this article is getting a bit dated. I found this link you for and I will also update my post.

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:29 PM by santosh

I had the same problem. and I changed the time zone after seeing the message here, and now the windows is activated again

thanks a lot guys.

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:41 PM by Jim

awesome. fixed my problem. Thanks!

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Thursday, March 10, 2011 7:08 PM by zedmelon

Great solution, thanks.

I found the product key by simply going to computer properties (system properties).  I didn't take a screen shot first (sorry), but at the bottom, it said something about my having fifteen days left, and I could activate now.

After that failed, Googling 0xc004f074 showed me your page.  Next to "activatie now online" was "change product key."  

Bingo.

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Saturday, March 19, 2011 9:19 PM by Hojeong

Hello. Thanks a lot for posting this! By only correcting the date and time, I could activiate the windows successfully.

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Monday, June 27, 2011 12:41 PM by Tesla

Thanks. change the time zone. Works fine :D

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Monday, August 13, 2012 7:21 AM by ajmal

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:41 AM by monniel

i Tryed it and it didn't work it gave me that same problem.

# re: Error 0xC004F074 when activating Windows 7 Enterprise

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 8:38 PM by JimT

Having the same issue, I also found this page, and discovered the date and time was in fact the same as the KMS.  I then looked in Services at the "Windows Activation Technologies Service" and found it was not running, and was set to manual.  I right clicked the service and selected to start the service, then went to the System screen & initiated the activation again, selecting the "activate online" option.  Windows found the KMS and activated.

Hope this helps.