The Windows Activation Error code 0xc004f014 is mostly seen on Windows 10 Enterprise Edition and is related to the activation of Windows 10. Users will get this error when they try to activate the Windows 10 Enterprise copy. The error also indicates that Windows was unable to find the KMS server. Even though this is the main reason for the error code, it is not limited to it. The error may also occur when running other Windows 10 versions as well. The message could read, ‘We Couldn’t Activate Windows, Try activating windows again or contact Microsoft support. Error Code:0xc004f014’.

Common Reasons For Activation Error 0XC004F014

There can be many different reasons for the error to happen. Here are some of the common issues that can trigger this error code.

  • Download of the wrong version of Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Issue with Microsoft server
  • MAK activation issue


Solution 1: Alternate Activation Method

You can try to activate Windows 10 in an alternate way and check if the error is resolved:

  1. Press Win + R to open Run at the bottom left side of the screen
  2. Type, ‘slui.exe 3’ and press Enter
  3. Select the language preference
  4. Now add the Windows product key
  5. Press Enter and Activate Windows

Solution 2:Phone Activation

Try to activate the copy of Window 10 via Microsoft Phone Activation Wizard

  1. Press Win + R to open Run prompt
  2. Type slui.exe 4 and hit Enter
  3. Select country and language and click Next
  4. Click on the option that says ‘Phone Activation’ and activate Windows

Solution 3: Use An Embedded OEM Key

If you have tried to active Windows with the MAK key and it hasn’t worked, then try to activate it using an embedded OEM key. Check if the error is fixed.

Solution 4:Activate Through Kms And Fix Error 0xc004f014

You can alternatively try to activate the KMS key instead of the MAK key. For this you will need a ‘Windows Srv 2012R2 DataCtr/Std KMS for Windows 10’ product key. You can retrieve the key from the MSLVC list and you can use it to activate Windows 10 by entering the key in the KMS to activate the machine. You may have to repeat this process if you have multiple keys or a multi-computer license to activate numerous computers.

Solution 5: Reinstall a different version of Windows 10

If you are unable to fix the error even after following the above steps, then there is a possibility that you have the wrong version of Windows installed. Check the product key that you have and reinstall accordingly.