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This article describes an error code 0xC004E003. There are some cases that have been discussed related to product activation and licensing issues due to hardware changes. If more no of activation is done using the same product key, it may cause Windows product activation error code 0xC004E003 problems.

Applicable to the following Operating systems:-

  • Windows 11
  • In Windows 8/8.1
  • Windows 10

About 0xC004E003 Windows update error:

windows 11 update

Another code explains along with the error code is 0xC004B008. If this activation server denies the activation code entered, this could result in error code 0xC004E003. Common problems related to the activation are unauthorize key entries.

0xC004E003 Troubleshooting: –

Basic troubleshooting starts with the checking of the system’s date and time. This could be a network challenge due to intermittent connectivity problems If the time zone is set incorrectly, then the system cannot be recognize by the Microsoft servers. Make it your local zone time from where you are trying to activate Office programs or Windows.

In other words, the activation keys are block, try to take assistance from a technician here. So that we can track product keys on Microsoft Product code activation pages to verify validity.


A few troubleshooting steps suggest the following:

Clean all the temporary files.

Clean booting of your system

Run SFC scan in the system.

Ping network starts with the Microsoft Servers.

Make sure there is no proxy behind your internet connection.

Repair your programs or Operating systems.

Clean temporary Files:

Open Run (windows key + R KEY)

Type in %temp% and press enter key.

Select all (CTRL+A) and delete all files (SHIFT +DELETE)

Clean booting of your computer:

Open Run command window (windows key + R)

Type misconfigure and press enter,

Got o General Tab and choose the “selective start-up” from these options

Uncheck “load start up items “,

Then go to “services “tab from the top menu selection,

Tick on Hide all the Microsoft Services and then press on Disable all tab.

Press Start-up tab. Then Click to Open Task Manager.

Under the status bar, right-press each enabled start up item and pick Disable and press OK.

Now restart your computer,

After completion of your troubleshooting, restore your system by doing opposite to the above steps like Enabling all services in 5th step, and again in 8th step enable all services that you want to start automatically (like OneNote, skype, email etc.) when your system starts

Run SFC scan:



Open the CMD as administrator,

Type in SFC /scan now and then press enter, and wait for its completion.

It takes some time to finish the process of scanning, if it shows any errors in results you need to do proper action suitable to its error.

The SFC /scan now command will scan all the protect system files, and replace all corrupt files with a cached copy that is locate in the compressed folder %Windier%\System32\delicate.

The %Windier% placeholder represents that Windows operating system folder. For example, C:\Windows.

Note: Do not close the Command Prompt window until its verification is 100% complete. Then scan results will be shown after the completion of the process.

Ping a network starts with the Microsoft Servers:

It is a preliminary check to test the network when it comes to a click-to-run version. Office installation or updates would need an open network to make clients receive the updates.

By using the command prompt it’s been tested

once the command prompt window opens, then type the following command line.


you can replace office365 with your versions.

The resultant should be the same address as Microsoft Office servers.

Make sure no proxy behind your internet connection:

internet connection needed error message

Proxy connections are used to hide original IP addresses from the hackers. The internet protection should be widely used by company networks. The proxy server should be configured by the network admins to route this office server IP address. If not, the proxy connection should be temporarily disable.

Repair your program or Operating systems:

In Windows 10, restarting your system is a simple task. Follow the steps to repair your computer operating system.

Go to the Windows search bar left side to the bottom corner (Cortana search bar now)

Type in “Reset” and you can directly find the Setting for resetting your PC.

Then under the RESET PC, press the get started button to proceed.

There are two options to keep your files and complete cleanliness. ( You must take a backup of your desktop office files, pictures, downloads, and documents before proceeding to complete clean-up.)

After a reset, you may update cleanly without any issues. The resetting process takes time so please do it when you don’t have any urgent work with your system.

Also, it applies to Microsoft Office and all versions. If programs are provide to you by IT persons in your company, please recall all the previous emails and check your product keys. In case it is purchased for personal use, cross-check if programs are showing their validity under your Microsoft account.

If you have trouble with your username or password, use Forgot Password to fix the forgotten Microsoft Passwords on the page.

For any additional technical support, please initiate a chat with our Support Professionals, We are experts in resolving Microsoft Office or Windows error code 0xC004E003-related issues.


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