Windows 8 - Activation Error: 0xC004F074 and 4 things that do not fix it

OK, bought a used laptop with dual boot Win7x64 / Win8Prox64 in Feb. 2013. Windows 8 booted up and ran just fine for the first six months. I don't
know if it had anything to do with it, but I installed Office 13 in the Windows 8 partition not long ago, and it seems that after that Windows 8 kept issuing pleas to "activate windows" (but no complaints from Office 13, which is a HUP installation
from my work). On the bottom right side of the screen it now says Windows Pro 8 Build 9200, and on top of that is the light gray plea to (re) activate Windows. There have been no hardware changes to the laptop. 
Finally got annoyed enough this weekend to try to resolve it, without success. Here are the four methods I tried, and the results:
Attempt 1:
go to Control Panel > search Windows Activation > choose Windows Activation
Response:
Windows isn’t activated
Windows can’t be activated right now. Try activating Windows later. If this issue persists, contact your system administrator or technical support department for assistance.
[Activate button]
Activation details
Error Code:
0xC004F074
The Software Licensing Service reported that the product could not be activated. No Key Management Service (KMS) could be contacted. Please see the Application Event Log for additional information.
Pressing the [Activate] button gets you the same response over and over.
Attempt 2:
Open the command window as an administrator -
CMD (run as administrator) slmgr.vbs –ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX (where
this is the 25 character key for Windows 8 Pro)
Response:
Installed product key XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX successfully.
Next -
CMD (run as administrator) slmgr.vbs –ato
Response:
Activating Windows(R), Professional edition
Error: 0xC004F074 The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer could not be activated. No Key Management Service (KMS) could be contacted. Please see the Application Event Log for additional information.
Attempt 3:
Open the command window as an administrator -
CMD (run as administrator) SLUI 3
Response:
Enter a product key to activate Windows
(enter product key)
Your product key works! Continue when you’re ready
press [Activate]
Get same 0xC004F074 error code
Attempt 4:
Open the command window as an administrator - 
CMD (run as administrator) SLUI 4
Response:
Find available phone numbers for activation
Click the nearest location:
Afghanistan
[Afghanistan is greyed out and you cannot select any other country]
Click on Next, and get a non-toll free number in Afghanistan to call.
Attempt 5:
CMD (run as admistrator) sfc /scannow
No errors reported.
PLEASE Tell Me WHAT CAN I DO KNOW.
IT always shutdown automatically sometimes after that.
PLEASE REPLY ASAP
thanks,

Hi,
It sounds like your computer is trying to access a KMS server for some reason. Are you sure you installed a MAK-key on your computer?
For further troubleshooting regarding eventual KMS-issues, please give us (masked of course) the output from the command 'SLMGR.vbs /dlv'
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