If your Windows 10 keeps asking for activation, even if it is activated by requesting a product key, you need to check a few things to solve the problem.
When you open Windows Settings> Update and Security> Activation, you may see a message – Windows is activated. Immediately below you can see the message “Activate Windows” with two buttons, one of which prompts you to activate a copy of the operating system with your existing product key, and the other prompts you to change the product key. If you encounter such a problem, read the article and see if anything helps.
Before you start, have your Windows product key ready. You can get it by running the following command in CMD with elevated privileges:
wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey
Now you can continue.
Reactivate your Windows
- Click Start and type cmd in the Windows 10 search box.
- Right-click it and select “Run as administrator”.
- Be sure to click Yes when prompted with User Account Control (UAC).
- Enter the following command at the command prompt window and press Enter:
- wmic path SoftwareLicensingService gets OA3xOriginalProductKey
- This will display the original product key.
- Copy it, click the “Start” button and select “Settings”.
- Go to the “Update and Security” tab and click “Activation”.
- Select Change Product Key and enter the product key you copied earlier.
- Click Next to activate.
Run the troubleshooting activation program
- Click the Start button and select Settings (as shown above).
- Click the Update and Security tab.
- Select “Activation” and click “Troubleshoot”.
If you’re having problems with Windows and need to reactivate it, you’ll be glad to know that you can use the Activation Troubleshooter to help you troubleshoot and resolve any remaining activation issues.
The tool is easy to use and very effective. Try it. If the error message does not return, the troubleshooter should activate Windows 10 immediately.
Link your Microsoft account to your Windows license
Microsoft now makes it easy to keep track of your license by creating or logging into your Microsoft account. If you’ve never had this activation problem before, there’s a good reason to create this free Microsoft account. Press the Windows + S key, type activation, and click Activation. Log in to your account, and you’ll see that Windows 10 is activated with the digital license associated with your Microsoft account.
If they’re not activated, you’ll have to try to reactivate them. Here are the steps from the Microsoft support page:
- Press the Windows + S key and enter activation. Click “Activation,” then select “Troubleshooting.”
- The troubleshooter displays a message that Windows cannot be activated on your device. Select I recently changed the hardware on this device, then click Next.
- Enter your Microsoft account and password, and then select Sign in. You will also need to enter your local account password if the Microsoft account you entered is not connected.
- In the list of devices associated with your Microsoft account, select the device that you are currently using, check the “This is the device I am currently using” box, and then select Activate.
If activation fails, you will be told the reason why this may help you continue.
Disable automatic activation in Windows 10 by manually editing the registry
NOTE. We recommend creating a system restore point manually before modifying the registry.
Step 1. Type regedit in the search box on the Start menu and press Enter. When the User Account Management prompt appears, click Yes to open the registry editor.
Step 2 In the registry editor, navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ SoftwareProtectionPlatform \ Activation
Step 3: Select the activation key. Find the “Manual” entry on the right and change the default value to 1 to disable automatic activation.
Set Manual to 0 (zero) to enable automatic activation in Windows 10.
If the automatic activation message is still displayed after the above change, restart your computer once for the change to take effect.