How to fix Windows 10 license expires soon error
Despite being warned that Windows 10 will expire in 2020, many users have not taken action to secure their licenses but could be left vulnerable after the deadline. Microsoft’s free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended on 29 July 2016, which means anyone who wishes to use the operating system needs to purchase a license for it moving forward. The price can range of a Windows 10 license can vary depending on the edition of the software you are using. However, users who upgraded their computer’s software between 1 July 2015 and 29 July 2016 may be entitled to receive a free extension or renewal, according to Microsoft.
The August deadline has been and gone and while most users of Windows 10 will automatically continue to use the operating system without paying a penny, there remains a chance that you’ll get charged if you didn’t install it before July 29, 2016.
If you’re not sure what version of the latest Microsoft OS is on your computer, simply right-click on This PC (or My Computer) and select Properties from the list of options. A new window should then appear with information about your PC including which version of Windows 10 your device is running or whether it’s activated. You can find more detailed information in the Windows Activation section.
The good news is that if you’re running a valid version of Windows 10, then nothing should happen automatically until your free upgrade offer expires after one year from when the OS was first available to download from Microsoft’s website or via an in-built update. You can still use your computer as normal without it expiring.
However, if your license does expire and you don’t have a key, not an issue, hopefully, the below steps will be able to fix your problem.
Why do I get this message?
It’s a rather direct alert that encourages you to renew your license. The fact is that system problems can also cause this dialogue, which repeats every time the computer restarts – so it is kinda annoying!
So, it feels like Microsoft is viewing the Windows 10 upgrade not as a regular OS upgrade, but rather as a separate operating system after the release of Windows 11, which is why you’ll have problems with your license. Not a problem – you are not alone!
Another possible reason for the Windows will expire soon warning is a revoked license key, but it can be remedied. We will talk about the solutions.
How can I fix this error?
Updated your drivers
Well firstly, if you find that you are consistently getting the message on every computer that your hardware is not genuine this may be caused by a Microsoft update or new software on your pc. To address this, try updating all of your drivers for each component of the PC.
If drivers are out of date, you can use either windows update or your motherboard manufacturer’s website to obtain new versions for all hardware components and install them.
Run the SFC / SCANNOW command
First, you must understand what causes such problems with Windows 10 license. The reason is that Microsoft considers the OS upgrade as a completely new operating system and not as an independent update to your current one. To confirm this we need to run the SFC / SCANNOW command (Windows key + X and then click on Command Prompt (Admin)). A window will pop up: enter this command: sfc / scannow
The diagnostic procedure starts, and after its completion, you will see the results of scanning for file system errors. They should be marked in red so that you can easily identify which of them require attention. In most cases, they will be the permissions on the system files and folders, which need to be repaired.
After we have completed this we will check if the license has expired.
Restart the Windows Explorer process
You can do this by launching Task Manager ( Ctrl+Alt+Del ) and then going to the processes tab, selecting explorer.exe, and clicking on restart.
This will solve most of your Windows 10 license expiry errors. However, if it does not work for you, let’s move on to the next step..
Run slmgr from Command Prompt:
To do this, first, bring up the Start menu ( Windows logo on the bottom left corner of your screen ) and type CMD. A black box with white text should appear; right-click it and select “Run as administrator.”
A command prompt window will pop up. Type ‘slmgr /rearm’ and hit enter; wait for about ten seconds. Restart your machine to fix the error message.
What this does is reset the licensing status of Windows to allow you to still use it for another 30 days.
If that doesn’t fix your issue, go to the next step:
Change your Group Policy in Windows
- Go to the Start menu and type gpedit.msc, then press Enter or OK.
- In the left pane, go to the following policy.: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update
- Double-click the file in the right pane on No auto-restart with logged-on users for scheduled automatic updates installations.
- Click on Enabled and click on Apply and OK to save the changes.
Disable Windows Updates
- Press Windows and then type in Run
- When a box appears ->type services.msc. Press Enter
- When the Services window opens, double-click Windows License Manager Service to view its properties..
- To change the startup type, select the File menu and choose Options. Go to the Startup section and check off “Disabled.”
- Now click Apply and OK
- Locate the Windows Update service and double-click it to access its settings.
- Stop the service and set its Startup type to Disabled.
- Hit the OK button
Following these rules will enable you to cure the warning that your Windows license will expire soon on both Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems.
If you’ve tried the preceding steps and still see this warning, your issue is most likely due to a software conflict. If nothing else works, try reverting the changes. Your computer may need a cleanup or there could be something affecting your registry that throws this error. Call in a computer technician to help fix this issue.