Microsoft’s roll-out of Windows 10 October 2018 update has arguably been the most troublesome release in recent times. The non- exhaustive list of Microsoft bugs in Windows 10 Version 1809 Update ranging from Zip Extraction Overwriting Files without Confirmation to user files being deleted, Intel driver incompatibility, Impaired Audio have irked users worldwide.
Before users could heave a sigh of relief, another critical bug left Microsoft Windows 10 users livid after Microsoft invalidly displayed an activation error message depicting their licenses invalid.
The users recently reported that they encountered one critical bug in Windows that caused activation problems on their machines. They complained that Microsoft downgraded their Windows 10 pro license to Windows 10 Home.
The growing number of reports point to a server side bug with Microsoft’s activation system. According to the posts on Reddit, the issue affected both Pro and Home versions of Windows 10. Users who upgraded to Windows 10 from earlier versions of the Operating system (Windows 7 or windows 8 Professional Keys) or saw clean Windows 10 installs were impacted.
When users tried to troubleshoot the problem they received either of the following notifications:
The deactivation and downgrade issue seemed to have occurred in several countries including the US, UK, Japan & Korea. As per user reports, the attempt to repurchase the key or reactivation of the license also went in vain.
According to reports Microsoft fixed the problem in few days after the issue was reported. Users however found a fix to the issue before Microsoft had resolved it.
Following instructions enabled users to troubleshoot the down gradation issue:
Note: Phone-based activation troubleshooting may not work for Windows 10 Pro EDU or Windows 10 for Workstations users.
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