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Why does Windows 10 say 'Your license will expire soon' and How to Fix It

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Warning: There are "Tech Support Scams" pretending to be Windows 10 Activation Technologies. Please be vigilant. Microsoft never calls users to inform them their license is expiring. Neither should you get an email. Learn more in the following article:


PSA: Beware of Windows 10 Activation Tech Support Scams

Are you seeing a strange error message on your screen insisting your license will expire soon? Well, it could be for a variety of reasons. In this article we find out why and how you can correct it.


I notice some of these errors are occurring in mostly on computers running Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions. Both Pro and Enterprise are licensed to large organizations that deploy Windows 10 in bulk to hundreds or thousands of computers. Volume License clients such as Pro and Enterprise (as they are technically known), can also use different methods of activation. For mass activation, KMS licensing (Key Management Server) provides centralized management of activation requests for each client. This is also used to handle activation because KMS clients are not setup for permanent activation, since they expire every 180 days (6 months). This requires client computers to maintain in contact with organization server in order not go into reduced functional mode and result in errors like the above.


Overall, this reduces piracy of organization keys that was common in the past and also gives organization the right to reassign licenses easily. The problem is, organizations will sometimes list their organization keys on their websites for employees to copy to upgrade their clients to a organization supported edition. In fact, Microsoft even publicly list these activation keys where anyone can find and use. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396





So, this can occur depending on how Windows 10 was setup on your computer.

  • If you took your computer to a repair shop, they might have installed a non-genuine Windows 10 license. Either the repair technician didn't know which edition originally came preinstalled or made an assumption; or installed a copy that bypasses Windows 10 activation technologies.
  • You copied a Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise key off the Internet (usually a volume license - organization key) and changed on a Windows 10 Home or another edition. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise are not free. If this is what you did, you will need to reinstall the previous edition or version you were running. You inadvertently installed the wrong edition.
  • The copy of Windows 10 you download and upgrade from should often correspond with the edition of Windows you have installed, if it does not, this is why you might be experiencing problems activating:


  • Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Windows 8.0 Core, Windows 8.1 Core will install Windows 10 Home 


  • Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8.0 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro will install Windows 10 Pro


To find out if you have the right edition installed:

Click Start > Settings > Update & security > Activation > Edition.


If the edition of Windows 10 installed does not correspond with the edition of Windows 7 or Windows 8 you were previously running, then you need to reinstall the right edition.


Windows 10 Home Edition also Reports Organization Activation Service


Windows 10 Home is not immune from the organization key errors too.


The error can occur for a number of reasons. It is possible, the OEM vendor might have used a OEM volume key to mass activate each machine imaged at the factory with Windows 10 Home. Users can try recovering the OEM Marker key embedded in the motherboard then use it to update the product key values.


Press Windows key + X

Click Command Prompt (admin)

Enter the following command:


wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey

Hit Enter

The product key will be revealed, copy the product key then enter it


Click Start > Settings > Update & security > Activation > Change the product key then enter the new product key then click Next to Activate


If you are unable to activate Windows 10, try chat support:


Activate Your Windows 10 License via Microsoft Chat Support

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Guest google user


i have the same problem and have windows 10 enterprise i have bought a new pc 4 months ago . I dont know it is pre installed or what . can you please help me.


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Guest GratefulGuest


Thank you so much! I have been having this problem for a while, took it in to get serviced, problem came back. This worked instantly!!!

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wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey...I input that but nothing came up


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wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey only works for preinstalled OEM Licenses, not OEM System Builder or Retail or Volume License (Pro or Enterprise, Education, Pro Education) licenses.

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its working for me. thank you very much.

Have tried different method from microsoft but didn`t work.

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Guest Patroba Ambale


I have had this problem for almost a month now. All the suggested solutions that I have come across online have not been of any help. But this article has finally enabled me to solve the issue. Thanks alot


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Guest NavyHarbour


Hello, thanks for your help your command worked. ( wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey ) perfect.

No idea why this happened, but your way more helpful then Microsoft themselves.

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thankyou so much for giving information. 100% legit. and it actually solved my problem. thanks.

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I tried this method but an error message popped up that the product key doesn't work. I bought this with the windows pre-installed. 

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Guest Pasquale


Having read this I believed it was really enlightening.
I appreciate you spending some time and effort
to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way too
much time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was
still worth it!

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