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How To Fix Microsoft Office Error Code 0xc004f074

How To Fix Microsoft Office Error Code 0xc004f074

Microsoft Office Error Code 0xc004f074 occurs while trying to activate MS Office and mainly due to time and date sync or the overloading of Office Activation Servers. However, different users reported different scenarios viz. some gave a try at some other time and were capable of activating their copy of MS Office while others were not. 

Methods to Fix the Microsoft Office Error Code 0xc004f074 

Below mentioned are a few solutions to solve the aforesaid problem. Just go through them carefully and implement them one by one until the error gets fixed.

Fix 1: Run the Slmgr.vbs Command

To launch Command Prompt, enter in Search “command prompt” and right-click on the result of “command prompt”. Choose from the contextual menu “Run as administrator” to execute it with administrative privileges.

As you choose “Run as administrator, a User Account Control prompt will appear asking whether you would wish to permit the Command prompt to make some modifications on your PC. Tap on the “Yes” option.

There will be an appearance of an elevated Command prompt. Enter the command “Slmgr.vbs xxxxxx”. Write your product’s key number in place of “X” letters and hit the Enter key.  Next, reboot your PC and browse again as administrator Command prompt.

After that, enter the command “Slmgr.vbs/ato” and hit the Enter key. This command will forcefully allow Windows to try an online activation. This is helpful when you cannot activate Windows due to a server problem or connection error. Executing the command and rebooting your PC will hopefully fix the error code 0xc004f074. 

Fix 2: Use System File Checker

You can also take advantage of the System File Checker for solving the issue.

  1. Tap Win key + X and choose Command Prompt.   
  2. Enter sfc/scannow and press Enter to commence the System File Checker tool.
  3. This procedure might take a long time, so have patience till it gets finished
  4. Once you are done, restart your system for activating MS Office online.

Fix 3: Checking of System Time & Date

It might be possible that your client PC’s time & date are not synced with the server and as a result, the error 0xc004f074 arose at the time of client activation Office 2016. It is noticed that, if there is a difference by more than 4 hrs, between the client PC and system time & date on the host of KMS, this issue occurs. 

Therefore it is advised to use a time source of Network Time Protocol. Also, you might configure Active Directory Service for synchronizing time between the client & server PC on the network.  

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