Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
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Did your Windows 10 just deactivate? Microsoft confirms Windows 10 Activation issue

Did your Windows 10 just deactivate? Microsoft confirms Windows 10 Activation issue

I am very sorry to inform you that there is a temporary issue with Microsoft's activation server at the moment and some customers might experience this issue where Windows is displayed as not activated.

Since then, multiple reports of bugs in the Windows 10 October Update have emerged, including an issue handling.ZIP folders and a bug that caused Task Manager to report the incorrect CPU utilization.

Many are facing a Windows Activation troubleshoot dialog box that says the device is running on a Windows 10 Home key while in fact, the device has Windows 10 Pro installed in it.

One of those affected reported that a Microsoft support agent said the firm was aware of the problem affecting users in Japan, Korea, America and other countries.


Microsoft has just released an Emerging issue announcement about current activation issue related to Pro edition recently. You can now easily customize your quick actions right from the Action Center itself, rather than having to go into Settings.

Windows ignores your choice when you, for example, try setting Notepad++ as the default app for.txt files in the Settings app and chooses Notepad as the default. And for some users, that's all it takes to get the license squared away. A Reddit user said that upon restarting the PC, the license got converted to Windows 10 Enterprise for Virtual Desktops so clearly there's something wrong with Microsoft's activation servers. The system is asking the users to install a Windows 10 Home version to close the troubleshooting.

And you're not alone in this annoyance. Others at the company have speculated that this might be a timezone issue, hopefully, Microsoft posts a triage of the outage once it is resolved.

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