Users have encountered activation issues after upgrading from 7, 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10 or reinstalling Windows 10 or making a major change in the hardware. In this guide we will see use the official troubleshooter to fix Windows 10 activation issues or errors.

Windows 10 activation troubleshooter

There is a build in troubleshooter in the recent builds to diagnose and repair Windows 10 activation issues. The troubleshooter can be used when you’re unable to activate Windows 10 using the product key that you have or when Windows 10 is deactivated after installing a major update or after upgrading from previous versions of Windows.


The Windows 10 activation troubleshooter tries to detect the problem behind activation error and then try to activate Windows 10. However, if the last entered Windows 10 product key is not valid or if there are major issues, the troubleshooter suggest you the action that can be taken to activate Windows 10.

The activation troubleshooter will definitely help the Windows 10 support team at as the troubleshooter might fix the activation issues for a large number of users who’re having activation issues after upgrading to Windows 10 or reinstalling Windows 10.

We recommend you run the troubleshooter if your Windows 10 was activated before this or if your previous version of Windows was activated or if you’re having activation issue after reinstalling Windows 10.

Using Windows 10 activation troubleshooter to fix activation problems

Step 1: Open Settings app.

Step 2: Click and Security.

Step 3: Click Activation. Under Activate Windows now section, click the Troubleshoot link to run the activation troubleshooter.


Step 4: The troubleshooter will try to detect problems that are stopping your Windows 10 from activating and then attempt to activate. If troubleshooter can’t activate Windows 10, it will show the best way out there to activate your copy of Windows 10.

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If the activation issue persists even after running the troubleshooter, we recommend you contact the Microsoft support team using the built-in Contact Support app. You can either have a chat with the support team or request a call back.



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