Microsoft server outage deactivates Windows licenses - Software

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Then join our Team! If you have suddenly found your install of Windows 10 to no longer be activated, you are not alone.

Some Windows 10 users got a nasty surprise yesterday when Microsoft informed them their copy of Windows wasn't licensed anymore. And Microsoft fixed the problem by the end of the day.

The only nice thing about the Pro Upgrade license is that they are supposed to be transferable to a different device once the device that the Pro Upgrade is installed on has had the OS downgraded back to the home version.

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. However, keep in mind that as this is still an early beta release, issues are likely to arise including those that affect performance.

Having Alexa on the PC gives users access to thousands of her capabilities, such as controlling smart home devices, asking questions, setting timers and alarms, managing calendars and more through a tap-to-talk interface. Jeff Jones, Senior Director at Microsoft, confirmed there was a problem by telling ZDNet that "We're working to restore product activations for the limited number of affected Windows 10 Pro customers".

So, in the event your license got deactivated on its own, just leave it as is and your PC should automatically get activated as soon as Microsoft fixes the activation server issue.

Microsoft is aware of this situation and has released a statement explaining the issue. If you think you do have a valid license or key, select Troubleshoot below.

The company's Twitter support account said the deactivation issue is affecting customers with Windows 10 Enterprise licenses as well, but could not offer further assistance.

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