Microsoft server outage deactivates Windows licenses - Software

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Some Windows 10 users are reporting license issues resulting in warnings that their system is not activated.

Maybe it's better to get a Laptop that comes with the Pro Version already installed and a sticker on the bottom of the device that has a Win 10 Pro License from the get go and not some Home License that's been upgraded to a Pro license. Thing is, going to the Store apparently has no effect.

For those curious about the error, it impacted Windows 10 Pro only. However, several Insiders have also reported of similar deactivations indicating that this could be a problem at Microsoft's end. For customers that have deployed Pro in their work environments, this is creating headaches with unnecessary support tickets from users who suddenly think they may now be using a pirated version of the software.

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The reports of Windows activation problems follow Microsoft's decision to halt the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to resolve a data-wiping bug.

Thankfully, Microsoft is aware of the problem and said that their engineers are on it. Microsoft support chat seems to have told a customer that, "Customer will be notified when the issue is resolved".

In an updated advisory, Microsoft writes under the Windows 10 known issues:After installing this update, some users can not set Win32 program defaults for certain app and file type combinations using the Open with... command or Settings Apps Default apps.

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"Microsoft has just released an Emerging issue announcement about current activation issue related to Pro edition recently".

The image above, from user FaiKee on Twitter, shows the issue that some users are facing with the activation of their install.

If you did experience this problem, it's fixed: You can open Settings (WINKEY + I) and navigate to Update & Security Activation, and then select "Troubleshoot" to run the Activation Troubleshooter to manually make everything right if it didn't happen automatically.

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