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  1.    30 Oct 2016 #11

    the5krunner said: View Post

    I guess my next step is another restore :-(. I assume you mean a fresh install because the original issue was caused after I clicked "Reset this PC" option in system settings?
    Yup, Trusted Installer permissions can only be reset when Windows is not running (i.e. from a USB/WinPE type boot - a restore point prior to the issue will work.

    BTW... it's not just sppsvc that gets corrupted, but it's dependencies as well (like RPC)

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Weird things are happening with the AU. My Education installs, that were activated with my MSDN keys, no Digital License. Now show as activated with a Digital License, after upgrading to the AU. They all now show the same generic key, one I haven't seen before. IMHO, that should not have happened? I can now install Education with a skip key and it will activate with a Digital License. I could not do this prior to upgrading to the AU. They would not activate until I entered my MSDN key.
    Agree, it is weird that digital licences are handed out even for Win 10 keys...
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  2. Joined : Oct 2016
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Home
       30 Oct 2016 #12

    @Superfly, thank you for your help.

    I am using my laptop on a project right now but I will find some time to do another reset in a week or two. I will update this post on my progress then.

    Thank you everyone for your help so far.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2016
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Home
       3 Weeks Ago #13

    Really frustrated. Finally found time to do a complete restore to the factory build of my laptop (this is Windows 10 Home pre-anniversary version). Everything was perfect (windows was shown as activated) and then after upgrading to the Anniversary edition and leaving my computer idle for a while got the same issues as shown in the post. The only difference is that my background watermark simply says "Windows 10 Home" instead of the please activate windows. Once again sppsvc.exe won't start and throws the Error 5 (Access Denied).

    What are my next steps? I have no idea.
    Last edited by the5krunner; 3 Weeks Ago at 19:24. Reason: typos
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  4. Joined : Oct 2016
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Home
       3 Weeks Ago #14

    I have just done another factory reset followed by Chrome install.

    I have the following on the activation screen:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	factory-reset.jpg 
Views:	5 
Size:	130.8 KB 
ID:	110446

    This appears good. I will proceed with caution and try to verify exactly what updates breaks the activation and corrupts the permissions of the security service. Any further tips?
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  5. Joined : Oct 2016
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Home
       3 Weeks Ago #15

    Interesting how the previous activation screenshot did not show the product key. Using showkeyplus I get:
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Name:	showkeyplus.png 
Views:	2 
Size:	54.3 KB 
ID:	110448

    Update:
    I rechecked the activation screen and now see:
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Name:	activation-update.png 
Views:	2 
Size:	37.5 KB 
ID:	110451
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  6. Joined : Oct 2016
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Home
       3 Weeks Ago #16

    @Superfly, do you have any ideas about this? I get conflicting information between two windows on my build:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	iswindowsactivated.png 
Views:	6 
Size:	108.8 KB 
ID:	110482
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  7. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 7,978
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       3 Weeks Ago #17

    the5krunner said: View Post
    I have just done another factory reset followed by Chrome install.

    I have the following on the activation screen:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	factory-reset.jpg 
Views:	5 
Size:	130.8 KB 
ID:	110446

    This appears good. I will proceed with caution and try to verify exactly what updates breaks the activation and corrupts the permissions of the security service. Any further tips?
    The "No product Key found" is not normal, especially if it has an OEM embedded key? And the "Subscription" part is definitely not normal? I don't remember ever seeing that on that screen?
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  8. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 7,978
    Windows 10 IoT
       3 Weeks Ago #18

    Are you doing a factory recovery or Windows Reset? If a factory recovery, build does the factory recovery install? My Education installs switched from activated with a Product key, to Activated with a Digital License when I upgraded to the AU. Build 14393.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2016
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Home
       3 Weeks Ago #19

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Are you doing a factory recovery or Windows Reset?
    My latest rebuild was done using:
    • Reset this PC.
    • Don't keep files.


    I now see the conflicting output as show in post #16.

    Also I have a watermark on my desktop. Is this normal?
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	watermark.png 
Views:	11 
Size:	58.8 KB 
ID:	110486
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  10. Joined : Dec 2013
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    Windows 10 IoT
       3 Weeks Ago #20

    Reset this PC will keep what ever build is currently installed. Doing and actual factory recovery will put it back to the OOBE, Out Of the Box Experience. And reinstall the original OS it shipped from the factory with. It will also remove any programs you installed and erase all your personal files. No the Watermark is not normal, that usually indicated Windows is not activated and or in a trial mode. The Windows 10 Preview builds had them but once the official consumer release came out they went away.
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