Re: Windows license will expire soon

Loy <loyrg2845@...>

Here I have pasted a comment from a Microsoft Forum that probably answers
your question.
I'm Greg, an installation specialist and 8 year Windows MVP, here to help

Someone has installed a Volume License Key on the PC meant only to be
legally used by organizations and businesses. That's why the error message
in red means.

What whoever did this apparently doesn't know or care is that this means of
activation must connect regularly to the organization's server to
reactivate - like checking in with home to make sure the PC is still part of
the network it's licensed for. So whoever did this has mess things up, since
they could have legally upgraded Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro with a
Digital License - for all we know there is one and the VLKey is messing it
up right now.

What I would do is go offline to remove the Volume License key and then
restore the Generic Product Key that is used to activate withe the Digital
License issued by Upgrade. Then we'll see if it activates:

1) Go offline by opening Action center at the right end of Task Bar, then
clicking on Airplane mode to turn off internet.

2) Next type CMD in Start Search, right click to Run as Administrator, then
right click to copy and paste this command in and press Enter: slmgr -upk

3) Restart PC and then insert Generic Product Key for WIndows 10 Pro from

This sets everything back to default so that if there is a Digital License
issued during a proper Upgrade it should reactivate within a few days. If
not we will need to try something else:

What Windows Operating System came on that exact model PC originallly - you
can google it's make and model to read the specs to find out. If it says
Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 Home version then that is a clue you need to reinstall
Home instead of Pro to try to activate. We might even be able to still
activate it fresh with the old OS Product Key read from the BIOS or on the
Windows 7 COA sticker on the PC.

If nothing else works you may need to reinstall the licensed Windows edition
that came with that PC, or buy a copy of Windows 10 Home to activate it.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, January 4, 2021 6:42 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Windows license will expire soon

What happens when you activate the activate button? Are you asked for
information? I'm not sure what causes the problem but knowing that may help
people give advice.

-----Original Message-----
From: Teresa Arroyo Llosa
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2021 5:04 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Windows license will expire soon

No, there is no fix problem link; there is one that says go to pc settings
and the other says close. When I go to pc settings there are two links. One
is activate, and the other is key.

From what I have read in Google it has something to do with being a free
trial or something like that, but my computer came with this windows quite a
few years ago. The notification keeps coming up.

Thank you those who have given me some feedback on this issue.

Teresa Arroyo

De: [] En nombre de
Enviado el: Monday, January 4, 2021 12:22 PM
Asunto: Re: [TechTalk] Windows license will expire soon

Is it asking you to click on a link to fix the problem? I have had a
similar pop up when I've mistype URL and a pop up pops up saying I have a
virus and wants me to contact Microsoft. Microsoft does not send pop

----- Original Message -----

From: Teresa Arroyo Llosa

To: Techtalk

Sent: Monday, January 4, 2021 10:58 AM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Windows license will expire soon

Hello Dave, the travel is the message is a pop-up notification, which
appears every now and then oh should I say very frequently in one session.

On Sun, 3 Jan 2021, 4:29 pm Dave Mitchel, <> wrote:

this sure sounds like a scam to me. I have never had a windows license

delete that message ASAP.


From: Teresa Arroyo Llosa

Sent: Sunday, January 3, 2021 11:55 AM


Subject: [TechTalk] Windows license will expire soon

Hello all,

First of all, I hope you all had a happy Christmas and new year.

As the subject says, I got a notification saying that my windows license
will expire soon, and had two options, go to PC settings or close buttons.
When I went to PC settings I there was an activate button and a place to
write a key.

I got my laptop some years ago with Windows 8, which I was able to upgrade
freely to Windows 8.1.

My issue is, does this kind of license expire? Is there something I could do
to avoid it?

Thank you in advance for your advice.

Teresa Arroyo


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