Error code 0xc004f050 refers to an issue with activating Windows key. The problem appears when you attempt to activate a copy of Windows by using Windows Activation wizard. This happens when the system becomes unstable and critical system files start missing. Though Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1 users, the activation error is still an issue. If you already had Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1 activated and did an upgrade successfully, then there should be no problem. This Issue Occurs just when you do a clean install.
Possible Causes of the Error
- When the system becomes unstable and critical system files start missing, Error Code 0xc004f050 occurs.
- This problem may occur if the license validity interval has expired, or if the license is not signed correctly.
- Invalid product key can also be one of the major causes.
- For Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista-based computers, this error may occur if you have entered the key for a beta version of the operating system, while using the released version of the operating system.
- When you do a clean install, it wipes everything from the Primary Drive and after the install, windows can’t find the Hardware ID which is used to verify your license.
- Improper way of installing, deletion of some very important system files, misconfigured system files, etc. may also cause this error.
Below mentioned are the methods that will help you fix the error. Have a look.
Method 1: Activate Windows by using the automated telephone system:
1. Click Start, and then click Computer.
2. Click System properties on the toolbar, and then click “Click here to activate Windows now” in the Windows activation
3. If you are prompted for an administrative password, type it and click Continue.
4. Click Show me other ways to Activate.
5. Click Use the automated phone system and follow the instructions.
Method 2: Acitvation Troubleshooter
If you’re working on Windows 10, version 1607 or later, the Activation troubleshooter might be able to help reactivate Windows if you recently made a significant hardware change (such as replacing the motherboard) or reinstalled Windows.
To use the troubleshooter, select the Start button, select Settings > Update & security > Activation , and then select Troubleshoot.
You must be an administrator to use this option.
Method 3: Re-insert the product key
1. Click Start, click Computer, and then click System properties on the toolbar.
2. In the Windows activation section, click Change product key.
3. If you are prompted for an administrator password, type the password or click Continue.
4. In the Product key box, type the product key, and then click Next.
5. Follow the steps in the Windows Activation Wizard to complete the activation process.
1. Using the installation disk, clean install Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1 and activate your copy.
2. Now, to see the Windows 10 Upgrade notification, download all the updates or download Windows Media Creation Tool and use the option Upgrade this PC to get Windows 10 right away.
3. Once the Upgrade is done, check the Activation Status. It will be fully activated as it should be. The Error code 0xc004f050 should not appear anymore.
If you wish to get rid of the old Windows installation folder, then use Windows Media Creation tool to create a Flash Drive. Clean Install Windows 10. Now, every time when it requests a product key, skip it. After installation is complete, Windows will automatically identify and activate your Copy.