How to Fix “We Can’t Activate Windows on this Device right Now”

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Introduction

When you try to activate Windows Server 2016 with the GUI tool you may receive error code 0xc004fc07 in Server 2016. The full error message is something like this –

“We Can’t activate Windows on the device right now.”

Options to Fix Error Code 0xc004fc07 in Server 2016

The two options offered in this guide are both command lines:

  1. Run the slmgr Command
  2. Run DISM Command
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Here are the details of each method…

Fix Error Code 0xc004fc07 in Server 2016 with slmgr Command

Fix Error Code 0xc004fc07 in Server 2016 with slmgr Command

Here are the steps to apply this fix:

  • Type command prompt in search bar. Then right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
error code 0xc004fc07 server 2016
  • When command prompt opens, type this command. Then press enter.
slmgr -upk 

This command will remove existing product key. After running the command you will receive the confirmation below.

error code 0xc004fc07 server 2016
  • To install your new product key, type this command and press enter.
slmgr -ipk <your-windows-product-key>

Replace <your-windows-product-key> with your Windows Server 2016 valid product key.

Resolve Error Code 0xc004fc07 in Server 2016 with DISM Command

Fix Error Code 0xc004fc07 in Server 2016 with DISM Command
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You can also activate Windows with DISM. Here are the steps:

  • Open Command Prompt as administrator. Then type this command and press enter
DISM /online /Get-TargetEditions

The command displays the Windows editions your current edition can be upgraded to.

In my example, I can only upgrade to ServerDatacenter. If I try to upgrade to any other edition, it will fail.

  • To upgrade your server to one of the target editions with a valid product key, type the command below. Then press enter.
DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /AcceptEula /ProductKey:<your-windows-product-key> 

Replace <your-windows-product-key> with your Windows Server 2016 valid product key.

Conclusion

These are the two methods to fix error code 0xc004fc07 – “We Can’t activate Windows on the device right now.”

One important note about the DISM command: if you receive error 87, ensure there are no spaces between /Set-Edition: and the edition name. Also confirm that there is now space between /ProductKey: and the product key you entered.

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