Windows Server 2019: Error 0x80070490 When Activating Windows

After installing Windows Server 2019 Standard, I tried to activate it with a MAK key from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Portal. I clicked on "Change product key" and entered the key from the Microsoft Portal. I got the following error message:

The product key you entered didn't work. Check the product key and try again, or enter a different one. (0x80070490)

Searching on Google, this error number mostly refers to Windows Update or Windows Store errors, but not to licensing issues.

I finally tried to activate via the command line, by using these commands:

(slmgr.vbs -ato)

This worked right away.

Update: Several readers commented that only the first command is needed. I put the second one in brackets for that reason.

So this is just a GUI activation problem on Windows 2019.

34 thoughts on “Windows Server 2019: Error 0x80070490 When Activating Windows”

  1. Thank you, I had forgotten about this have been banging my head against the wall for hours.

    works like a charm

  2. Awesome! I had to do both steps: In Command Prompt run as Administrator:
    slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
    slmgr.vbs -ato
    The first one gave me an error, but after I ran the second command, it stated activation successful!

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