How To Fix The Windows Error Code 0xc004e003 The Software Licensing Service reported that the license evaluation failed: ...
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Do you see this Windows Setup error message on your screen?

"The Software Licensing Service reported that the license evaluation failed: 0xC004E003"

Then please follow the steps below to solve that Setup problem.

What happens

Error code 0xC004E003 appears during license activation for Windows Vista and indicates that the license valuation was not successful with the Software Licensing Service.


A Windows Vista license that does not contain the correct signature can cause this type of error message. It can also be caused when the period for Windows Vista license validation has terminated. There are three basic ways that you can solve the problem with error code 0xC004E003: 1) Reinstall the Product Key 2) Run System Restore and, 3) Use the Automated Telephone System.

With the first method of re-installing the product key simply click on Start and then choose Computer. Choose System Properties and then click on Change product key under Windows Activation. Enter your password if you are requested to do so and then Continue. Enter the product key in the Product Key dialog area and then continue to the Activation Wizard which will walk you through the remainder of the process.

If you are still experiencing problems with the error code you can use the System Restore to restore the computer configurations to an earlier time. Simply click Startand enter system restore in the search box. Choose System Restore from the list which appears in the search and then Continue. Click on Next and then choose a restore date that is before the date when the error occurred and then choose Next. Your PC will go through the restoration process and then a restart is necessary for the changes to take place.

If you are still having problems there is a third method you can try by choosing Start and then click on Computer. When the toolbar appears choose System Properties and then choose Click here to activate windows now. Proceed to enter your password if requested and Continue. Choose Show me other ways to Activate and then click on Use the automated phone system. From there you will be walked through the process of using the automated telephone system.

TipFor more information, please see: How to fix Setup error #0xc004e003

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