Microsoft confirms Windows 10 activation failure


This bug appears to be widespread with many users reporting that Windows is stating that their license is not activated and prompting the user to troubleshoot the problems.

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The problem has prevented some users from upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Pro, and anxious others that they may have involuntarily purchased a fraudulent license key.

Feedback from Reddit seems to indicate that the issue is largely affecting users that upgraded to Windows 10 Pro from a Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 8.1 Pro installation as part of the free upgrade program years ago. This week, build 18277 is rolling out for Insiders in the Fast ring, featuring yet more minor changes and bug fixes for users to test and give feedback. "This happens in Japan, Korea, America and many other countries", wrote the support agent.

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There are some limited reports as of 7:30 p.m. EST that the problem may have been resolved for some users, but others are still saying that the problem remains.

Following the creation of a number of support threads and social media comments, Microsoft has confirmed the flaw and addressed - though without explanation, beyond a separate claim of a 'temporary issue with Microsoft's activation server' - its cause. Since then it has asked affected users to provide further details in a direct message. Windows 10: Microsoft to boost Linux app security with Windows Defender firewall Microsoft preps new Windows 10 security features to ensure system integrity during start-up and after it's running.

You must use a valid product key to activate Windows, Windows Activation Error 0x800704cF. Windows 10 audio problems?

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It's not clear if the activation issue is somehow related to the October 2018 Update, only that the timing roughly coincides with its release and rollback.