If you keep receiving 'Your Windows license will expire soon' message and facing the activation issues with your Windows 10, here is how to fix.

We all know that Windows activation is of paramount importance for end users. If you didn’t activate your copy of Windows, you won’t be able to enjoy all the features of the operating system you’re running. This post talks about an activation related issue in which you keep receiving Your Windows license will expire soon message.

FIX 'Your Windows License Will Expire Soon' For Windows 10

Under this case, if you check the activation status, it says something like this:

Your Windows license expires on <some date>. Contact your system administrator to get a product key. Error code: 0xC004F074

Check: Get help with activation errors in Windows 10.

So if you’re receiving this error message on your system, there might be different reasons for it, such as:

  • The main reason for this message to appear is that you’ve volume license installed on the machine. Volume license uses different methods of activation (read more here), the most common of them is Key Management Server (KMS). These licenses are valid only for 180 days or 6 months. When you’re reaching this limit, the error message starts appearing. If this is the case with you, first you need to buy genuine license.
  • Another major root cause for the issue is that you installed incorrect edition which is not intended to use for your device. For example, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) shipped your device with Windows 10 Home edition but you installed Windows 10 Pro edition.
  • Mismatch on upgrade edition. For example, Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Windows 8.0 Core, Windows 8.1 Core should be upgraded to Windows 10 Home. While Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8.0 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro should be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro edition.

Here are the things you can try to solve this issue:

FIX : ‘Your Windows License Will Expire Soon’ For Windows 10

FIX 1 – Using Activation Troubleshooter

If you’re running Windows 10 Version 1607 or later, you can run Activation Troubleshooter to detect the issue and fix it automatically. The Activation Troubleshooter is quite useful, if you’ve previously used the activated copy on same device. Here are the steps to run Activation Troubleshooter:

Steps to use Activation Troubleshooter on Windows 10

FIX 2 – Other Options

1. Check the type of license you’ve installed on your system. If your personal machine has Volume license installed, it is against Microsoft‘s terms and you might be a victim of counterfeit software. In this case, you need to clean install your Windows 10 and buy a genuine license from Microsoft Store online/offline or from any authorized reseller near you.

2. If you’ve OEM license installed and getting this message, head over to OEM support on this.

3. If you’ve Retail license installed, you can ask Microsoft agent via chat support to activate your system or use automated phone system yourself.

Special thanks to our friend, “Igor L. (Microsoft MVP)” for adding extended information on this issue.

Let us know via your comments, if you still face the issue!


  • i think my system upgraded to the windows 10 Pro, what should i do

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ You can buy Pro edition from Microsoft Store.

  • nothing prescribed helped, when MS asks for help beta testing their product via the Insider Preview, the least the should do is have a method to revert to a ‘good’ OS, Currently I’m panicking that I will need to a Linux variant until MS gets a handle on this issue!

    Here is my info
    Windows Script Host
    Software licensing service version: 10.0.17655.1000
    Name: Windows(R), Professional edition
    Description: Windows(R) Operating System, RETAIL channel
    Activation ID:
    Application ID:
    Extended PID:
    Product Key Channel: Retail
    Installation ID:
    Use License URL: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=299301
    Validation URL: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=299302
    Partial Product Key: 3V66T
    License Status: Licensed
    Remaining Windows rearm count: 1000
    Remaining SKU rearm count: 1000
    Trusted time: 7/1/2018 6:27:09 PM

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ As this is retail license, you can re-insert the product key and see if it activates then. The title error is supposed to appear on volume licenses.

  • Te root cause of this error on my PC is tat I installed tr pro version instead of home version of windows 10. I ave tried to follow the instructions given on your article but the ‘slmgr -rearm’ gave an error message

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ What is the error message?

  • The most common cause of the error isn’t addressed in this article. In fact, there is no reason that the “…license will expire soon” message should appear in most of the scenarios presented here. What is almost inevitable is that someone has installed a volume-license KMS version of Enterprise or Pro, and the only solutions are to revert to whatever legitimately licensed Windows version was previously installed or purchase a genuine license.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks Jim for your inputs, I’ve updated the article!

  • I have windows10pro installed (retail vers) and activated on my desktop pc. I ask once again, how do I stop the reminder message. ” your windows licence will expire soon” got to settings to activate ???

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ As you’ve Retail version license, refer to Microsoft support to get this solved: partner.support.services.microsoft.com/en-us/contact/menu/software/windows/ts/

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