Windows 10: Windows is not activated following "reset this pc"
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)
Agree, it is weird that digital licences are handed out even for Win 10 keys...
@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.
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; 17 Nov 2016 at 19:24.
I have just done another factory reset followed by Chrome install.
I have the following on the activation screen:
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?
Interesting how the previous activation screenshot did not show the product key. Using showkeyplus I get:
I rechecked the activation screen and now see:
@Superfly, do you have any ideas about this? I get conflicting information between two windows on my build:
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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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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.
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?
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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.
HP ENVY laptop.
I need my OEM "Windows 10 HOME" activation key because my Windows 10 is not activated anymore. There is no sticker on my PC and I cannot access the battery.
I tried my friend "Windows 10 PRO" activation key and now...
I have loads of valuable info/files/3d party apps on my Win10 Home ver. & I'm considering doing a reset of the OS to ensure I have a clean environment.
However, I don't want to lose my 3d party apps & their data i.e. Adobe Lightroom's Catalog.
I'm really sorry if this is posted in the wrong place etc. as I am new here.
I wanted to make this post because I used this site for Ideas and understanding of my issue which I've now fixed although I couldn't find the exact problem on this...
My custom built computer started to randomly shutdown or restart, and after exhausting all software/driver checks to windows updates and other software related discrepancies, I resorted to "resetting" my OS, which did not fix my problem...