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Deactivate! Deactivate! Windows 10 will be deactivated!

09 November, 2018, 21:25 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

While we sit and wait for Microsoft to figure out what is wrong with Windows 10 1809 that was released and then pulled, the company is dealing with another issue this week.

Some Windows 10 Pro users are grappling with a mysterious bug that is deactivating licenses and downgrading them to Windows 10 Home. Thing is, going to the Store apparently has no effect.

In brief: Microsoft has suffered through a steady stream of bugs in recent memory and the latest appears to be primarily targeting Windows 10 Pro users that upgraded from Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 8.1 Pro via the free upgrade offer a few years back. However, reports emerged later of similar problems on PCs that had only ever run Windows 10.

According to those able to get hold of Microsoft's call centres, the advice is to wait a while and the problem should fix itself, indicating something has gone awry on the licensing servers, and engineers are now scrambling to fix it.


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

Microsoft has acknowledged a problem affecting its Windows license activation servers in multiple countries that has resulted in users being told their Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise installations are invalid.

A Microsoft support chat person said the licensing server issue is temporary, and should be fixed within one to two business days. If needed, you can try your luck with Microsoft Support to see if they can issue a replacement Pro key but it shouldn't take long before Microsoft corrects the error.

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

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