Get error "0xc004e016 on a computer running microsoft windows non-core edition" when i want to change the product key.

this problem were pop up when i want to change the product key. 
the full problem is 'error 0xc004e016 on a computer running microsoft windows non-core edition 
run slui.exe 0x2a 0xc004e016 to display the error text'

i'm now using windows 8 professional with media centre 32bit.
 
Original title: how to fix error 0xc004e016?
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Hi Sapik,
 

Thank you for choosing Windows 8 and for providing us an opportunity to assist you.
 
You have mentioned that when you try to change the product key, you get the error “'error 0xc004e016 on a computer running microsoft windows non-core edition run slui.exe 0x2a 0xc004e016 to display the error text”. We’re here to help you with this issue.
 
Just a few questions first, to get a clear picture of the issue;
 
1) Why are you trying to change the product key?
2) Has this new product key been used in any other computer earlier?
3) What method are you following to change the product key?
 
This issue could be caused due to some corrupted system files or due to some incorrect settings. I would suggest you to try these steps and check:
 
a) Press Windows key + R, type “slui.exe 3” and press enter
b) Enter the new product key and check if it works.
c) If you still get the same error, I would suggest you to again press Windows key +R
d) Type “slui.exe 4” and press enter and then follow the prompts to activate the copy by phone.
 
You can also refer this link for more information:
 
 
Hope this helps. If the issue remains unresolved, please get back to us and we’d be happy to help.

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Thank for reply,

1) I use the free product key that microsoft give, which mean media centre product key to active my windows 8.
The windows already active, but i can't change the personalise like lock screen, start screen and account picture.
And i decide to change other product key, then i remove this product key to change to other product key.
When i want to enter other key, the error message pop up.

2)No, this is my first product key.

3)I change product key using cmd.

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I have exactly the identical issue, after Ive changed the product key to new one with free media center, after some updates and restarts the windows is not activated and none of the mentioned/unmentioned suggestion works. Great job microsoft! Waiting for immediate fix!

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I dont see a reply here..

Is there even a fix for non core edition other than doing an in-place upgrade??

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Hi! Try to delete C:\Windows\System32\spp\store\2.0\cache\cache.dat

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yes i have this problum

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this problem were pop up when i want to change the product key. 
the full problem is 'error 0xc004e016 on a computer running microsoft windows non-core edition 
run slui.exe 0x2a 0xc004e016 to display the error text'.
yes please help me

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Hi,

Follow this step to retype the product  key.

Press “Windows key + R” , type “slui 3” and hit enter. Follow the on screen directions.

Follow this step to activate your copy of Windows over phone.

Press “Windows key + R”, type “slui 4” and hit enter. Follow the on screen directions.

Thank you.

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Try this(I haven't test yet)

CMD (admin)

slmgr /upk
slmgr.vbs /cpky
slmgr /ckms
slmgr.vbs /ckms
slmgr /skms localhost

Tell me if this works

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for me, it worked like a charm.

Thank you very much for your hint

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