Microsoft Deactivates Copies of Windows 10 Due to Server Problem

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It looks like users affected the most with this issue are those who upgraded to Windows 10 Pro using an older Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key.

Microsoft has acknowledged a problem affecting its Windows license activation servers in multiple countries that has resulted in users being told their Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise installations are invalid.

While there is one review on the app reporting that this version of Alexa can't install skills or access smart home features, the Amazon representative says that you can control devices if you set them up with the web app first. This included both Windows Insider testers and those builds released to mainstream users (including some users with the Windows 10 October 2018 update/1809).

Meanwhile, Microsoft officials said very little officially about what was happening. Microsoft has since reporetdly acknowledged the problem, explaining that the issue is with its activation server. Unfortunately, some users report that the activation troubleshooter tells the user they're running Windows 10 Home instead of Windows 10 Pro.

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Around 5 p.m. ET, I started hearing reports from users on Twitter that their activation issues seemed to be resolved. Microsoft is aware of the issue and should have a fix ready to go soon.

"A limited number of customers experienced an activation issue that our engineers have now addressed".

No further explanation has been forthcoming as to what happened, but at 9pm ET yesterday Jones followed up on his earlier comment stating, "Affected customers will see resolution over the next 24 hours as the solution is applied automatically". It certainly would be an interesting stress test as to where people find virtual assistants useful if the Windows 10 app didn't have certain limitations.

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