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0Xc004f074 Windows 7 error – Common causes and solutions

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on March 11th, 2013 | Leave a comment

When trying to activate your Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS client machines you may get a 0XC004F074 error message saying that: “The Key Management Server (KMS) is unavailable”. Without a successful activation, the users will fail to install the Windows operating system properly on the computer. Actually, this 0XC004F074 Windows 7 error is quite easy to be fixed if you know how to deal with a support version mismatch between the KMS client and the KMS host machine.

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To fix 0XC004F074 Windows 7 error, the first thing you should do is to re-active it to see whether this helps. If not, verify/change the Date/Time/Time Zone to be correct. To do this, you can simply follow this instruction:

* Click Start, click Control Panel, click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options, and then click Date and Time to open the Date & Time tab.
* Then, you can select the item you want to change:
->To change the hour, double-click the hour, and use the arrows to increase or decrease the value.
->To change the minutes, double-click the minutes, and then click the arrows to increase or decrease the value.
->To change the seconds, double-click the seconds, and move the arrows to increase or decrease the value.
->To change the AM/PM indicator, select it, and then click the arrows.
* To change your time zone, click the Time Zone tab. In the box above the map, click the drop-down arrow, and select your current time zone.

By the way, you can directly select the “Automatically adjust clock for daylight saving changes” check box to automatically adjust the computer clock when daylight time changes.

If you still fail to activate your Windows 7 because of an error code 0XC004F074 even though your Date & Time settings are correct, you have to make sure that the computer is completely clean from viruses or even malicious programs. Viruses are able to get onto the computer via many different ways to greatly affect the proper running of the computer. Besides, they are able to attack and remove any system file from the PC to make it run improperly. If the system cannot locate the required entries to active your system, an error code 0XC004F074 will happen. It is highly advised to let the antivirus antispyware program running in the background all the time to realtime block and remove any threat from the computer. Trust me, a virus-clean system is what you should not miss to optimize computer performance.

Sometime, the 0XC004F074 Windows 7 error has something to do with the hard disk errors. Those errors will stop you from accessing the file correctly and then display the error message. To get rid of it, you have to first check and fix all errors existing in your hard disk.

*Open Computer by clicking the Start button, and then Computer.
*Right-click the drive that you want to check, and click Properties.
*Click the Tools tab, and then, under Error-checking, click Check now. If you are asked for a an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

 To automatically repair any detected problems with files and folders, select “Automatically fix file system errors”. If not, the scan will not report errors on your hard disk without fixing them for you.
 To perform a thorough check, select “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors”. This option helps to find and repair physical errors on your drive itself.
 To check for both file errors and physical errors, select the two options.
* Click Start and follow the on-screen steps to finish the scan and repair jobs.

Lastly, it comes to the most important component of the Windows-based operating system – Windows registry database. Window registry is simply a Win db that used to store various data of the whole computer, including configurations about your software and hardware, your user’s account & information, etc. No matter whatever you have done on the computer, it will add some corresponding entries to this database. With the passage of time, most incomplete software installation/uninstallation, and some other files on within this database will cause your Windows registry goes missing, corrupted or damaged. If the system cannot locate the correct entries to active your Windows 7 system properly, an error message saying error code 0XC004F074 will appear. Thus, the final thing you should do right now is to completely scan the whole PC with a reliable registry clean tool and repair all errors inside the computer.

Quite simply, you are able to easily troubleshoot the problems on your computer and deal with the 0XC004F074 Windows 7 error as quickly as you can. By the way, if this fails, leave me a reply and I will try what I can to deal with this Windows 7 computer instantly for you.

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