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Windows 10 activation expiring...but it shouldn't be


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#1 computergeek522

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 08:53 AM

I have a Dell laptop that came with Windows 8 pre-installed. Obviously, it now has Windows 10, due to the fact that Microsoft didn't exactly give people a choice as to whether they wanted it or not (and yes, I'm still a little bitter about that, haha.)

Yesterday I performed a refresh on my system, and the process went without a hitch. However, when my laptop rebooted after the process was completed, a message popped up on my screen informing me that my Windows license is about to expire and that I need to activate it in Settings.

So I go to Settings, which tells me that I have Windows 10 Home Edition installed, and that it is, indeed, activated. There's no mention in Settings that the license is about to expire, nor is there any indication of exactly *when* this expiration is to take place.

I did some research (yes, that means Googling, hehe) and I found that many people have had this issue. I tried one "fix" that involved opening Task Manager, restarting Windows Explorer, then typing "slmgr -rearm" into Command Prompt and rebooting the laptop.

Well. Let us just say: that did not work. Apparently it did work for some people, but it sure as hell didn't work for mine. The laptop wouldn't even boot. I kept getting the BSOD due to "page fault in nonpaged area". It was so bad that I ended up having to refresh the laptop AGAIN. It was the only advanced option that would actually work and allow me to have, y'know...a functioning laptop.

So now the laptop is working, but I'm still getting that damn message periodically. And I can't figure out what the hell to do about it. Because I'm certainly not paying Microsoft for a new license key when *they're* the ones who put Windows 10 on my system when I damn well didn't even *want* it. If I had my way, I'd still be using Windows 7.

Is there anyone who has any ideas that might help? Hopefully one that won't send my laptop into yet another vicious BSOD spiral?

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 10:31 AM

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This is another one of Microsoft's "side effects" of the upgrade.  I've seen a large number of post where this problem has been discussed.  If the slmgr -rearm command didn't resolve this I would suggest contacting Microsoft to see if they will resolve this.  I wish I had a better suggestion, but there doesn't seem to be a magic cure for this problem.


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 04:09 PM

To the OP, If you still have your Windows 8 install media and product key, you can go back to Windows 8 when ever you want. The process is fairly quick and easy, but it does wipe your disc clean.


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 05:36 PM

To the OP, If you still have your Windows 8 install media and product key, you can go back to Windows 8 when ever you want. The process is fairly quick and easy, but it does wipe your disc clean.

This is a activation issue.  What you are suggesting is overkill.


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:02 PM

Not to mention that Microsoft is eager to have as many devices operating under Windows 10 as possible.

 

I would imagine that telephone technical support would be quite amenable to assisting in resolving this sort of issue without cost.

 

The first course of action I'd take in this case is to contact Microsoft Technical Support.


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