Windows Activation


  1. Posts : 1,598
    Windows 10 Professional
       #1

    Windows Activation


    EDIT
    Refer to this link. There was a bug at Microsoft that caused many product keys to become invlaid for a brief moment of time:
    MSFT acknowledges some Win10 Pro licenses being mistakenly deactivated - Windows 10 Forums


    Hi, so just suddenly yesterday, my Windows said that it is no longer activated. I bought the Product Key from an online vendor in September 2016. They sent me a picture of the Product Key (I attached it below and removed some characters from it in the picture). I got this error in the activation (attached picture).

    I tried pressing Troubleshoot, that didn't do anything.

    I tried re-typing the product key, that didn't work.

    I tried an online method to try an invalid product key, then try my product key again. That didn't work.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Windows Activation-image.png
    Windows Activation-microsoft-windows-10-professional-edition-product-key.jpg
    Last edited by pepanee; 08 Nov 2018 at 19:45.
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  2. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #2

    See:

    You should be able to now re-activate your Pro by using the command slmgr /ato in an elevated command prompt.

    MSFT acknowledges some Win10 Pro licenses being mistakenly deactivated - Windows 10 Forums
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  3. Posts : 1,598
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Oh wow, okay thanks for that link Shawn! I thought someone hacked my computer and stole my Product Key and tried activating it on their computers or something. That brings me relief. Okay I'm not worried about it anymore, it's just a bug that Microsoft is experiencing. Hopefully they get it all fixed up. I saw that article in your link that they should have it fixed within a couple of days.

    I also tried that command with my product key afterwards. It didn't work. No worries though.

    I'll just wait a few days until it gets fixed by itself hopefully, by some Windows Update or such.
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  4. Posts : 24,669
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #4

    pepanee said:
    I'll just wait a few days until it gets fixed by itself hopefully, by some Windows Update or such.
    It's the activation servers that needed fixing, seems to be done now. Try the slmgr /ato command now, it should work.
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  5. Posts : 4,224
    Windows 10
       #5

    Worked for me, too. As usual, the forums and its stalwarts come through with flying colors. Thanks @Brink and @Bree. You rock!
    --Ed--

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  6. Posts : 1,598
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       #6

    I tried messing with that slmgr many times earlier today. It never works on my computer. I keep getting this message after trying that:

    Windows Activation-image.png
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  7. Posts : 1,598
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Okay I got it to work when running PowerShell as an Administrator, other than Command Prompt as an administrator. Thanks for the photo that Ed posted, it gave me the idea of trying those commands in PowerShell. I removed my key earlier somehow, let me fiddle around a bit with all this and hopefully get the Product Key to work again.

    EDIT: Okay, I reactivated Windows. Thanks everyone for your help and hopefully other people didn't go through tedious online steps to re-activate their Windows.
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