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"Activation error not found", error 0xC0000022

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    "Activation error not found", error 0xC0000022


    Hey guys, I'd really appreciate some help here.
    Much thanks in advance to anyone who can solve this problem...

    I took my Acer laptop into a repair shop to fix a broken power button and ever since then Windows 8 has been asking me to activate. I don't know how this happened as the repair guy wasn't supposed to make any software changes and as far as I know he didn't.
    Now I'm unable to apply any windows updates to my laptop.
    Windows periodically pops up the Windows 8 PC Settings asking me to activate. When I Click the "Activate" button in PC settings nothing happens but a message saying "Activation Error not found".
    I've tried my best to trouble shoot this myself but I've gotten nowhere.

    I've tried to activate using the slui 3 command, and initially the dialogue says that my product key is working and to click continue, but when I'm taken to the next window I receive ERROR 0xC0000022
    When I try to activate over the phone using slui 4, I receive the same error and also the activation dialogue only displays numers 1-9 rather than "sets" of numbers for me to enter over the phone.

    I've reset Windows 8 to factory defaults using the thoroughly clean method and I'm STILL receiving the same error.

    I'm losing my mind here! I know there's some real tech wizards on here and I'm really hoping for some help. Thanks again for your time...

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1
    WINDOWS 8 64 BITS


    I have exactly the same problem!
    Please someone help!
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    yepp 3 months later and still not even a single reply.
    I guess these guys aren't as good as they claim to be
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  4. #4


    Have you searched the forum?

    Activation Error 0XC0000022 (Access Denied)
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    yeah i've thoroughly searched the forums but any of the solutions to this error that have been posted here aren't working for me. I was hoping that maybe someone could walk me through this because I can't seem to figure this out on my own and I've literally tried every solution to this error that i've been able to dig up not only here on the 8 forums, but through extensive google searches as well.

    I'm sorry If my last post came off as rude, I'm just at my wits end with this problem and am getting really tired of Windows popping up the activation screen every hour or so. I know there's some real tech wizards here... any help here would be so greatly appreciated!! :-)
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  6. #6


    I wasn't able to replicate your exact error, but did manage to get the Error 5 on starting Software Protection Service (which I guess is the underlying issue you have) - and you are right, none of the permissions changes on licencing files and registry keys worked.

    The only way I got activation back was via a restore point from booting the Windows ISO and selecting repair .. it won't restore licenece files if run from within Windows as those files are protected, which also means you can subsequently undo the restore to get all removed files back without affecting activation if then run from within Windows.
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