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Windows 7: Windows activation error, error code 0xC004E003

14 Sep 2014   #11
n3bu

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As I've said previously, matts6887, it did come with a key, to which I unfortunately lost access in the meantime. How could it have been a fake key if it activated correctly for the first install?


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14 Sep 2014   #12
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

(boilerplate response)
You need to claim an immediate refund from the vendor - do NOT accept the offer of a new key (all they are trying to do is to get past the 45-day claims window or avoid you sending the evidence of their crimes to the authorities)

Please read the following posts.... .................................

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinewindows7/thread/a2444f34-0aff-4f29-a8ac-67e28b0c0285

and

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinewindows7/thread/309bb621-92d5-43d6-98c1-2bb51b35607f

The pirates have got VERY good at this over the past few years, as the price of equipment for manufacturing the packages drops, and as factories open in less well-policed countries.

see also this post....

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinewindows7/thread/46a58748-5a64-41ff-b7f4-f6d3b47beca9


Also - have a look at this video....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzqNNiOM0cs

You may be able to get a complimentary copy of the OS from Microsoft - fill in the Counterfeit report here...
http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/howtotell/default.aspx

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02 Jan 2015   #13
jessicajass

32 bit
 
 

This error occurs when The Software Licensing Service reported that license evaluation failed. you can try these steps

Use the Change product key option
Right Click on My computer ->Click on Properties->Windows Activation->click on Change Product Key
Double check the product key and enter it again
Follow the steps to finish the Activation

Else Read this article: tips to fix error code 0xc004e003
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03 Jan 2015   #14
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

NO - this error occurs mostly because someone got conned
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17 Mar 2015   #15
TimHouston

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Everyone seems to ignore the post "I should also probably mention that I don't have the sticker anymore (and never had one in the first place) since I bought this copy online. What I did was to retrieve the serial number with a program called WinKeyFinder 1.75 before formatting. Could it be that the serial number it indicated isn't the correct one?"
I am not familiar with WinKeyFinder in particular, but generally these key finder programs work by extracting the key it finds in the Windows registry. However, that key isn't guaranteed to be the same as the one Windows was activated with - although it usually is. So it very well could be "the serial number it indicated isn't the correct one" rather than malfeasance on the part of the Windows software vendor.
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17 Mar 2015   #16
Chris2005

Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

Which is odd, since the Validation Code: 0 means it's genuine...

According to this:
Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool/Validation Code - Microsoft Wiki

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TimHouston View Post
Everyone seems to ignore the post "I should also probably mention that I don't have the sticker anymore (and never had one in the first place) since I bought this copy online. What I did was to retrieve the serial number with a program called WinKeyFinder 1.75 before formatting. Could it be that the serial number it indicated isn't the correct one?"
I am not familiar with WinKeyFinder in particular, but generally these key finder programs work by extracting the key it finds in the Windows registry. However, that key isn't guaranteed to be the same as the one Windows was activated with - although it usually is. So it very well could be "the serial number it indicated isn't the correct one" rather than malfeasance on the part of the Windows software vendor.
Well, your new copy of Windows should've come with a sticker... as I will show later in my post...

I use FinalWire AIDA64 myself to keep track of my keys to copy them into a Notepad document as backup.

My OEM System Builder copy (Bought from Amazon - Product Page) has the sticker still on it, I didn't put it my case, just in case I get a new case, but it still came with a CoA sticker.

The key that was originally used should be the key that came with the copy of Windows you purchased, just as mine did.

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