How to Troubleshoot Error Code 0xc004f211 on Windows PC

If Windows detects significant changes in your computer’s hardware, the operating system will generate the error “0xC004F211”. This is because the Windows license is tied to the system hardware {e.g. motherboard, hard drive, etc.). Windows detects the hardware change on the next boot and changes the activation status.

What causes error code 0xc004f211 on a Windows PC?

  • A virus or malware can cause this error on Windows PC.
  • If the product key is not found on your device, you will get this error.
  • When you change the hardware on your device, this problem occurs.

How to fix error code 0xc004f211 on Windows PC?

Launch the Windows activation troubleshooter

  1. Open Windows settings using the Win+I shortcut.
  2. On the next screen, select Update and security.
  3. Switch to the Activation section in the left pane.
  4. Switch to the right pane and click on the Troubleshooting link.
  5. If you do not find the Troubleshooting option, make sure you have activated the operating system.
  6. If the User Account Control prompt appears, click Yes.
  7. This will detect a Windows activation problem.
  8. When the process completes, select the I recently changed the hardware on this device link.
  9. Log in to your associated Microsoft account using the login information.
  10. Select the device you are currently running on and click Activate.
  11. After activating Windows, close the current page.
  12. Once the process is complete, restart your Windows computer and make sure the problem is resolved.

Buy a new Windows license

  1. Go to Start and select Settings.
  2. In the window, click on the Update and Security option.
  3. Go to “Activation” and select the “Go to Microsoft Store” option.
  4. Once you have your new license, go back to Update & Security > Activation > Change Product Key.
  5. Update your system with the new key and your system will be automatically activated.
  6. Now you need to create a Microsoft account or connect an existing local account.
  7. Once the system has linked the key and account, you do not need to purchase a new license in case of an error.

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