How to fix BIOS is missing a required license error 0xC004F063?

Issue: Hi, I'm getting an error 0xC004F063 when trying to validate Windows 7. I have no idea why the key is not accepted or what should I do, so every piece of advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Solved Answer

The error code 0xC004F063 is an old Windows Activation and Validation error[1], which has been present since 2010 or even earlier. The problem prevails on Windows 7 OS, especially on Dell machines running 7600 build. Even though it's a problem know for over ten years, tech forums keep receiving users' questions on how to fix it.

Despite being Windows 7 related, the 0xC004F063 error can also occur on Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 OS. That's a highly intrusive system error as it tends to happen on machines that have already been activated and the legitimate license key has been approved.

The Windows Activation error 0xC004F063 may happen due to several reasons. First of all, third-party software, such as Daemon Tools, Alcohol 120%[2], or similar can collide with the OS components and undercut the license key. However, that's the rarest culprit of this activation error.

For those who end up seeing the 0xC004F063 error saying BIOS is missing a required license on Windows 10, there's a rather easy fix, i.e. run an automated Windows Activation Troubleshooter. The problem is usually triggered by installed updates, which appear to contain an activation bug, which restricts the licensing.

Windows activation error 0xC004F0630xC004F063 error code occurs when people attempt to activate Windows using a legitimate license key

Apart from this problem, the 0xC004F063 error code may pop-up on Windows screens if the system runs into corrupted system files leading to the infringements of the Windows OS activation. In this particular case, users are recommended running the in-built scan tools, such as SFC and DISM. Alternatively, a professional optimization tool would be a suitable helper.

A problem occurred when Windows tried to activate. Error Code 0xC004F063. For a possible resolution, click More Information (link to the following).

Error Details: The following information was found for this error:
Code: 0xC004F063
Description: The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer BIOS is missing a required license.

The prescription “Software Licensing Service reported that the computer BIOS is missing a required license” alongside the 0xC004F063 code usually means BIOS[3] inconsistencies. If you have purchased a machine that has already been activated, it's very likely that you are trying to activate a different license, i.e. PRO over Home or vice versa. Such overactivation triggers BIOS inconsistency and the only way to activate it – use the SLMGH utility.

There is a couple of solutions that may help you to fix Bios is missing a required license error 0xC004F063 on Windows. Select the method that seems to be corresponding to the potential culprit and perform the steps exactly as explained.

Method 1. Run compatibility troubleshooter

If you have recently downloaded an application and soon after that Windows activation error occurred, there's a high probability that the issue has been triggered by software incompatibility. Therefore, you should either uninstall the incompatible app or run the compatibility troubleshooter:

  • Type the run programs in the search bar.
  • Select the “Run programs made for previous versions of Windows” option.
  • Click Next to troubleshoot the potential software issues.
  • When the list of incompatible apps is provided, select one and click Next.

0xC004F063 error solution

  • Now select a troubleshooting option that you prefer, i.e. use the recommended compatibility settings or choose compatibility settings yourself.
  • Once you select the option and click the Test the program button.
  • Click Next to confirm.

Fix 0xC004F063 error

  • Finally, select one of the three options, i.e. save the settings for the app, try different settings, or report the problem to Microsoft and view help articles online.

Run activation troubleshooter

Run the troubleshooter with every application that is reported for you as incompatible. After that, try to activate the Windows license key.

Method 2. Run SFC and DISM checks

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In order to fix Windows Activation Error 0xc004f063, try running the in-built Windows system scanners known as System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM). The two are able to fix local problems that are sometimes minor, though causing issues like this.

  • Press Windows key + R and type cmd in the Run.
  • Right-click in the Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.
  • Click Yes on the User Account Control popup.
  • When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following commands. Press Enter after each.

Dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
Dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Run DISM command

The procedure may take place, so do not close Command Prompt. These commands are responsible for checking machine's health and then downloading healthy files to repair the ones that are corrupted. Once the process is finished, reopen the Command Prompt as explained above and type in the next commands. Hit Enter to launch it.

Run SFC command

sfc /scannow

  • Finally, restart the system.

Method 3. Run SLMGR tool

In case the problem is related to the BIO inconsistency or overwriting issues, you can try to fix Windows Activation Error 0xC004F063 by running the SLMGH utility.

  • Press Windows key + R and type cmd into the run.
  • Right-click on the Command Prompt option and select Run as Administrator.
  • Click Yes on the UAC.
  • Type in the following commands (one-by-one) and click Enter to activate them:

Run SLMGR command to fix 0xC004F063

slmgr /ipk <Windows Key>
slmgr /ato

Note: replace the <Windows Key> with your Windows activation key.

  • After running the commands, restart the machine and check whether the error has been successfully fixed.

Method 4. Run activation troubleshooter

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This option applied for those using Windows 10 and having activation problems. To run the troubleshooter, follow these steps:

  • Press Windows key + R to open the Run.
  • Type the ms-settings:activation in the Run and press Enter.
  • You should see the Activation tab on the Settings.
  • Look for the Active section on the right pane. Double click on it to access.
  • Now click the Troubleshoot button.

Activation troubleshooterTry to detect the culprit of the 0xC004F063 error by running an in-built activation troubleshooter

  • Wait for the scanner to finish. If any issues are detected, click the Apply this fix option.

Method 5. Activate Windows by Phone

  • Open Windows search and type slui.exe 3.
  • Press Enter.
  • Type the Product key provided on the sticker attached to your PC.
  • Now press Next to proceed. Click OK to confirm that you want to activate Windows.
  • You should now receive the Invalid key error, which is OK.

Activate Windows by phoneIt's possible to activate Windows using your phone

  • Close everything and re-open Start.
  • Type slui.exe 4 in the search and hit Enter.
  • Select your location and hit Next. You should receive a phone number to call to Activate Windows by Phone.
  • Call the given number (Automated Voice will be heard). When asked, opt for Live Activation Rep.
In, unfortunately, none of these options helped you to fix the 0xC004F063 error, and, therefore, you cannot activate your Windows OS with the legitimate license key, then we recommend you contact certified Microsoft technicians.

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