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

Here are the details of each method…

1
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.

2
Resolve Error Code 0xc004fc07 in Server 2016 with DISM Command

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.

It will be great to know the method that fixed error code 0xc004fc07 server 2016 for you. To share your feedback use the “Leave a Reply” form. The form is at the end of this page.

For more Windows Server fixes, visit our Windows Server Fix page.

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