I activated Windows 10 Pro using the KMS method with the Windows 10 Pro key and one of the msguides servers about a year ago. It worked perfectly until a few days ago.
The Software Protection Service (sppsvc) would not start, or would crash upon trying to activate. I eventually managed to start sppsvc again which removed the error of 0xC0020036 when trying to input key but replaces it with the error 0xC004E016.
Full error message is Error: 0xC004E016 On a computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition, run 'slui.exe 0x2a 0xC004E016' to display the error text.
Office (which was activated with an Office 365 license) is also showing Unlicensed Product and a message box stating 'We're sorry, but Word has run into an error that is preventing it from working correctly. Word will need to be closed as a result. Would you like us to repair now?' Repair just closes it, help opens a generic Microsoft support page and close just closes as well.
Anyone know how to fix this?