Was 0xC004f050, now "Windows must be reinstalled to activate" RRS feed

  • Question

  • Wife performed some type of Windows update on her relatively new Gateway laptop.  On reboot, Windows is asking for, but not accepting,  activation key.  Did some searching, came across post from Darin Smith.  (http://forums.community.microsoft.com/en-US/genuinevista/thread/95cf88d0-451a-44a3-b6d9-6245f0961d0b/), followed the directions.  On boot and login, error message comes up with a box labeled "Windows must be reinstalled to activate".

    Now what?  Will I lose data if I do the reinstall?
    Thursday, July 24, 2008 12:55 AM


  • Hello Danny,

      I recommend trying to Repair Windows using System Restore to a restore point from before the issue occured:

    1) Reboot Vista into Safe Mode
    2) Go to Control Panel
    3) On the left hand side of the Control Panel window, Click on "Classic View"
    4) Double-click "Backup and Restore Center"
    5) On the left hand side of the window, click "Repair Windows using system restore"
    6) Select "Choose Different Restore Point", Put a check in the box that says "Show restore points older than 5 days", select the restore point that corresponds to the date Before you first noticed the issue.
    7) Click the "Next" button.
    8) Reboot back into Normal mode
    9) Vista should no longer be in Reduced Functionality mode

      If that does not resolves your issue, the last resort, that I can provide, is to reinstall Vista. But before you do that, create a (no cost) support request at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52029 and see if they can provide any alternatives.

    Thank you,
    Darin Smith
    WGA Forum Manager




    • Edited by Darin Smith MS Thursday, July 24, 2008 11:13 PM bad formatting
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, July 24, 2008 11:13 PM
    Thursday, July 24, 2008 11:12 PM