The following failure occurred while trying to use the product key: Code: 0xC004F061

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Have you ever found this error? The following failure occurred while trying to use the product key: Code: 0xC004F061 Description: The service has not been started.

I came across this error when trying to login to one of our server using remote desktop. The first issue is when login to windows server 2008 suddenly asking to activate windows.
This windows already run for about a year and we already activate this windows from the beginning of installation, so this is unusual. Our server is running windows server 2008 standard.

Windows suddenly as for software activation
Windows suddenly as for software activation

If we click Activate now The following failure occurred while trying to use the product key: Code: 0xC004F061 Description: The service has not been started.
If I click OK, the screen become black and on the right bottom there is notification that the computer is not activated yet.

invalid product key

If we tried to re-enter the product key another error message arise:

Windows Activation error
A problem occurred when Windows tried to activate. Error Code 0X80070426
For a possible resolution, click More Information.
You can also contact Microsoft by phone to help resolve this problem.

windows activation error

To fix windows activation error is easy by following this steps:

1. Start> control panel>administrative tools
2. Click services
3. Scroll down and look for Software Licensing service, click start

start software licensing service

Next time you do login to the server you should see the error gone. Windows server 2008 rely on Software Licensing Service to check product key and license genuineness. Without this service running windows will think that the computer not yet activated or not use genuine software.
I hope you find this post helpful.

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