Windows – Unable to activate Windows 8.1

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I had to reset my Windows 8 laptop to factory settings because an application downloaded from the Microsoft official page totally ruined the OS and now I cannot activate Windows. When I enter product code in an elevated command prompt I receive a WindowsScriptHost error:

"Run slui.exe on a computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition
0x2a 0x80070426 to display the error text".

Google told me to check for Software Protection service – when I try to start it, I get: Error 5-access denied, although I am administrator.

Can anyone please help – there must be a solution other than formatting? I am using Windows 8.1 64b on Dell Inspiron laptop.

Best Answer

The error 0x80070426 means ERROR_SERVICE_NOT_ACTIVE - The service has not been started. Run the services MMC snapin (services.msc) as admin (rightclick and select run as admin) and make sure the Software Protection service is not configured as disabled. Set it to automatic and start the service.