Watch out for bogus warnings to downgrade Windows 10

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

Redmond, we have a problem.

As ZDNet reports, some users of Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise yesterday started having a "non-activated software" message pop up on their desktop. Thing is, going to the Store apparently has no effect.

While we sit and wait for Microsoft to figure out what is wrong with Windows 10 1809 that was released and then pulled, the company is dealing with another issue this week. The issue seems to mostly affect users who have migrated their Windows 7 or Windows 8.x Pro licenses to Windows 10.

Others quickly chimed in with similar complaints. I had a physical Win 8.1 Pro Key and I activated/upgraded it to Win10 Pro like years ago.

To reactivate their installations and to get rid of the un-activated copy of Windows watermark, users may need to re-run Windows Activation once the licensing server problem has been sorted out.

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Thankfully, Microsoft is aware of the problem and said that their engineers are on it. Microsoft support chat seems to have told a customer that, "Customer will be notified when the issue is resolved".

The file associations issue is something that was reported to Microsoft back in May by Windows Insiders, and according to Forbes it's existed in various forms since 2015. Here's what the agent said. Jeff Jones, Senior Director at Microsoft, confirmed there was a problem by telling ZDNet that "We're working to restore product activations for the limited number of affected Windows 10 Pro customers".

Microsoft has just released an Emerging issue announcement about current activation issue related to Pro edition recently.

Windows Activation has also informed users that they're running Windows 10 Pro, but only have valid licenses for Windows 10 Home.

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