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Urgent! Win 8.1 un-activated itself!!!!

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    Windows 8.1 64bit

    Urgent! Win 8.1 un-activated itself!!!!


    Talk about bizarre! Woke up this morning, went to check email. I don't shutdown/sleep/hibernate this box. The monitor was 'off', shuts off after 30 min. So, I give the mouse a jiggle. What comes up? Not my desktop. I've got a blue screen with the message that Windows needs to be activated.

    On System Property it says "Windows is not activated" and says "Product ID: Not Available". This machine came with Windows pre-installed. Please tell me there's a way around this without having to do a reset/refresh of Windows.

    Also, when I try to activate, it fails. Says can't be done at this time, try again later. Then I found this: Error code: 0xC004F012
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Press Windows key + X then click Run, then type: slui.exe 4
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    Windows 8.1 64bit


    I ran sfc /scannow and if found some corrupted files. It repaired them, Windows now shows as being activated.

    Thanks for your response.
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Whew, what a relief wasn't it.
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    With 0xC004F012 it's usually hit 'n miss - glad that worked - anything in event viewer pointing to how this happened in the first place?
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    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    With 0xC004F012 it's usually hit 'n miss - glad that worked - anything in event viewer pointing to how this happened in the first place?
    Lots of warnings/errors there. This one has gone nuts!

    The Software Protection service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 10885 time(s).

    I wiped out the Event Logs a couple weeks ago. Now I see this.

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    That can't be good.
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    Looks like a general problem occured with Service Control Manager, as opposed to the service as such ( SPP has an audit function that starts, stops and reschedules itself at regular intervals thus there will always be a bunch of entries for that)

    Hopefully SFC fixed whatever caused SCM to crash... else we may have to dig a bit deeper...

    Thanx for posting results.
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