Windows Activation Error \ SLSVC and SLUI Services will not Start

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For the past weej I have been racking my brain trying to fix this issue. We have a Hyper-V virtual machine Windows Server 2008 Standard machine that recently started requesting activation. When we try to reactivate we get :

Error Code 0x80070426 - Service Cant be Started.

I was able to identify the services by researching the error code as SLUI Service, and a service it is dependent on Software Licensing. It seems without these services running the server cannot authenticate the license. When we try to restart these services we get:

Error on restart - 0x80070005 - Access is Denied.
AND
An unauthorized change was made to Winodws 0xc0020012

I have tried:
- Running Chkdsk - Fixed errors but no change to activation.
- Pushed into Last Known Configuration. No change.
- Attempted using cmd to start services - Received System Error 5 code
- Verified license is still good with Microsoft
- Attempted Integration Service Upgrade - Get Directory invalid error

So I am stuck an hoping someone has had this experience or a way to fix it.
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A. Discard Malware:
Step1: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx  (Removal tool from microsoft: quick and then full scans)
step2. https://www.malwarebytes.com/ (Antimalwarebytes, install, update and run full).

B. run sfc /scannow
Source: https://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/331143-error-0x80070426.html

C. Check event logs with the script:
Check for the most frequent errors in your server
https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/office/Get-event-logs-errors-and-6871f163

Check if there's an error that can be related to the service.

D: here's a full procedure of how to troubleshoot that issue.
2008 went out with Vista, so if it works for vista, works for server 2008.
https://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/14983d5e-c745-4a33-8ee8-610e5eb70271/activation-error-0x80070426?forum=genuinevista


E. Here's a video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKBMJXkaQsU
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