Windows 10 Activation System

The users are reporting that Microsoft has downgraded their Windows 10 Pro license to Windows 10 Home without any warning this morning. There appears to be a critical problem with Windows 10 activation system as many users are encountering an issue that causes activation problems on their machines.

The growing number of reports point to a server-side bug with Microsoft’s activation system. According to the users, the reactivation doesn’t seem to work and Microsoft’s bug would downgrade Windows 10 Pro to Home in some cases.

“All of a sudden after years of having this key which was from windows 8 pro then migrated to windows 10 for free, I got a notification saying my key is Windows 10 home version and that I need to install it,” a user explains on Reddit.

“I am having the same problem. It’s even gone as far as my digital entitlement is gone from my Microsoft account and I have a Windows 10 home key now. Windows is deactivated because I went from Windows 10 Pro to home and it doesn’t match anymore. Where did my digital license go though.. I hope it comes back,” another user posted.

Several users have also documented the problem on Twitter and there is no workaround available at the moment but Microsoft is actively investigating the reports.

A fix is coming

Microsoft support team says that the company is investigating the reports and a fix is expected to arrive soon. If you’ll contact Microsoft’s chat or call there, the agent will ask you to wait until a fix is deployed.

Microsoft support team reportedly told many users to wait as this is a known issue which is being experienced in several countries including the United States. The number of users who are reporting the issue is growing and Microsoft’s support team is trying to help the customers but no workaround appears to be working.

“Microsoft has just released an Emerging issue announcement about current activation issue related to Pro edition recently. This happens in Japan, Korea, American and many other countries. I am very sorry to inform you that there is a temporary issue with Microsoft’s activation server at the moment and some customers might experience this issue where Windows is displayed as not activated,” Microsoft’s support agent explains. “Our engineers are working tirelessly to resolve this issue and it is expected to be corrected within one to two business days,” the agent responded, according to a post on Microsoft answers forum.

Windows 10 Pro downgraded to Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home Activation

In some cases, the valid license of Windows 10 Pro has been downgraded to Windows 10 Home but at the moment this is an isolated behaviour.

It’s a bug experienced on Microsoft’s activation servers and the software giant is already working on a solution. It’s likely that everything will return to normal in just a few hours or it may take several hours in some regions.

Microsoft hasn’t offered any working to address activation issues with Windows 10. For now, you will have to wait until the fix is deployed.

  • Quiet Events

    Someone should let the manufactures know… on hold with Dell for an hour. Pending fix!

  • Nick Kovalsky

    Same thing here in Russia, called support, been told that there’s actually a massive issue, have to wait for a fix.. Maybe it’s related only to licenses of windows pro 8, upgraded later to 10..

    • Mayank Parmar

      It is also being experienced on systems shipped with Windows 10 Pro.

  • I have it on 3 systems. Win7 Pro upgraded to Win10 Pro, Win8.1 Pro upgraded to Win10 Pro and fresh copy of Win10 Pro.

  • The_Elder_Geek

    Linux doesn’t have any bullshit activation servers, just sayin’.

    • Jennifer Swanson

      Linux is looking better each day.. Only if the could hammer out the gaming side……. Only thing that keeps me locked in for the most part. Comon steam.

      • The_Elder_Geek

        It’s getting better. Wish EA/Origin would get on the bandwagon too.

      • Yash Pal

        I do not know what computer games are, never played any; but otherwise, Ubuntu 16.04 (did not upgrade to 18.04) is perfect for my needs. Appears to be better than Microsoft any day.

      • VenomousPictures

        There is a thing called Steam Proton. It allows you to play your Windows games at ease through Steam. A whole handful of games work as easy and clicking install. I run a YouTube channel that I play Windows games on Linux and even get some of the none working titles working on Linux.

  • Owen Philp

    Yeah I have two laptops and a desktop and all have asked for reactivation.

  • Jun Valle

    just got this problem morning Nov 9. Its not yet resolve I guess. Win 10 pro user in the Philippines

  • Jean-Daniel Paradis

    The activation system is back on track. Try to activate your license again. It work for me in Canada

  • phillipwhite

    Mine too has been fixed. Just ran the troubleshooter again and it activated quick.

  • Brad R Smith

    my problem i now cant connect to my remote systems and it is hindering my business !
    i hope they have a fix tonight :(

  • Yash Pal

    Now, such problems do not occur with open source OSs (Linux, BSD etc) But most of the users are not aware that there are OSs and applications other than Microsoft which are better and easier to use. The whole closed source industry is up against open source and has been misleading people for years.

    • Doug Graham

      Which is why I use Linux Mint…at least, if something breaks with that, I can easily fix it.

      Windows 8.1 was the last of the reasonably-stable Windows releases from Micro$haft.

      Only reason I’m even using Win8.1 is that I have games Linux won’t run.

      • Yash Pal

        I do not know what computer games are, never played any; but otherwise, Ubuntu 16.04 (did not upgrade to 18.04) is perfect for my needs and appears to be better than Microsoft any day. I am just an ordinary user, not a ‘power user’ and cannot fix things if they are broken; so far, nothing broken in ubuntu (in last 8 years)

  • Deepak Kp

    I am also getting many types of problem with wimdows 10.. Many software are not working properly.. Pls solve this soon

  • Paul Thomas Harrison

    Still having trouble in UK will not let me activate windows with digital License.

    • Mayank Parmar

      Click on Troubleshooter? Should be fixed within 24 hours.

      • Paul Thomas Harrison

        Working now

  • Doug Graham

    Just one fuckup after another as of late…this after two disastrous updates. W10 is shaping up to be on par with the Vista fiasco…and we all know what a monumental clusterfuck that was.

    /the repeated fuckups were the primary reason I quit the Windows Insider Program…none of my observations and reports seemed to make a difference.