My windows 10 has an activation expiration date, what to do?

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  1. MJD
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    My windows 10 has an activation expiration date, what to do?


    I had installed Windows 10 via the media creation tool. It's been activated all this time, but today I looked at the activation tab and it tells me: "Your Windows license expires on Sunday, September 13th 2015. Contact your system admin to get a product key." What do I do now? Anyone else getting the same thing on their system? I have Windows 10 Home. Is it possible that Windows Update caused this bug?
    Last edited by MJD; 19 Aug 2015 at 15:43.
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  2. MJD
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    Anyone know anything at all about this?
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  3. Posts : 3,264
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit Version 21H2
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    Saw this, all i see is listed for Windows 8.1 can try it may help you, in article first try slgmr rearm command as shown

    http://wind8apps.com/12007-your-wind...n-windows-8-1/
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  4. Posts : 561
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate
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    Your Windows 10 is a legit update from an earlier Windows? Looks like it reverted back to 30-day trial. See if you can re-activate it, you ought to call Microsoft for this, gather everything you need, like your Product Key from your Windows 7, etc and call them up.
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    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit Version 21H2
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    XweAponX said:
    Your Windows 10 is a legit update from an earlier Windows? Looks like it reverted back to 30-day trial. See if you can re-activate it, you ought to call Microsoft for this, gather everything you need, like your Product Key from your Windows 7, etc and call them up.
    Suggestion for slgmr rearm may work, just reboot afterwards, then can try alternatives.
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  6. Posts : 561
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate
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    Should run slmgr /dlv and then /xpr

    His version might be one of those that uses KMS activation, it has to be re-activated after a defined set of days.
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  7. MJD
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    I have a legit Windows 10 home copy yeah.
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    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit Version 21H2
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    Done like many others upgrade here with the Media Creation tool, not a bought disc. First time seeing this issue here.
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  9. Posts : 355
    Win10 Ver. 1809 Build 17763.`
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    I had this same problem. There is only one way to fix it. You won't like the fix.

    Well, actually there are 2 ways - the free way and the expensive way. The expensive way is to purchase a new Win10 license from Microsoft. If you have the Home version the license is $119. If you have the Pro version it is $199. If money is of little value to you then the expensive way is the way to go.

    Otherwise you have to use the free way. There are only 2 steps you have to do:

    1. Format your boot drive and install either Win7 or Win8 on it.
    2. Using the system you just installed, perform a free upgrade to Win10. The version of Win10 you upgrade to has to be the same as the version of 7 or 8 you previously installed.

    The reason for this is that MS has totally and completely changed how Windows is activated. Starting with Win10 they have done away with those pesky 25-character codes. Instead they create and store on one of their serves a hardware hash code that is based on your specific hardware configuration. Apparently/supposedly this code is unique for every PC out there. I assume it uses the MIC address from the network card as part of the code, but no one knows this for sure.

    At any rate, Win10 will only install a fully activated version on a PC for which it can find a valid configuration code. This is why you have to do the 10 upgrade on an existing Win7 or 8 system. Apparently that is when the configuration code gets generated - namely when you install 7 or 8. (Or maybe the code was generated by some subsequent update??)

    Your Win10 has an expiration date because you installed it on a system for which MS does not have a configuration code. When this happens you get a 6-month "grace period" (mine ended 20 Jan 2016) during which time you are supposed to either do the free or expensive option above.

    As has been pointed out to me by many people, the free upgrade is exactly that - free, and an upgrade. Period. You can only get Win10 for free if you upgrade from a previous legal/legit Win7 or 8 system. Nothing else will work.
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  10. MJD
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    Windows 10
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    My Windows 7 WAS legit. Activated without a hitch. 10 is shown as activated right now still, despite the expiry date. Right now I don't currently have the money to go buying a Windows 10 home license. That's pretty aggravating. Good ol MS and their loopholes. I'm glad I didn't delete my Windows 7 files yet. At least I can go back to it if I can't get it to activate once it "expires".... I still haven't tried the slmgr /rearm command. The weird thing is that my cousin did the same thing and used the same tool for his laptop, and he's fine, no expiration message or anything, his desktop in his basement has the same thing that I have though. His Windows 7 was also genuine I'm pretty sure.

    My windows 10 has an activation expiration date, what to do?-sdasdaasf.png

    This is what my activation screen is saying at the moment.

    Well, I guess then that there's really nothing that anyone can do about this.
    Last edited by MJD; 20 Aug 2015 at 01:26.
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