Microsoft introduces Activation Troubleshooter to fix activation issues on genuine Windows devices

By: Ivan Jenic
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Microsoft just released a new tool that will make it easier for Windows 10 users to solve activation problems. The tool is called Activation Troubleshooter, and is currently available to all Windows 10 Insiders running the latest Windows 10 Preview build.

Because of the way Windows 10 works, users encounter various activation issues more often than they should. Windows 10 sometimes becomes too aggressive in determining whether the system is pirated or not, causing troubles for actual licensed users. Due to the high number of complaints about this issue, Microsoft decided to change the way Windows 10 checks OS validity by introducing this tool.

Activation Troubleshooter features a few options that will make the activation process easier. The first is the ability to connect your Microsoft account with your Windows 10 license, which will allow users to activate Windows 10 simply by logging in their Microsoft accounts. However, the number of times users can re-activate their operating systems with their Microsoft Account will be limited, but Microsoft hasn’t revealed a price yet.

Next, Activation Troubleshooter will allow you to get back to the version of Windows 10 you initially used. For example, if your license is for Windows 10 Pro and you installed Windows 10 Home on your computer, Activation Troubleshooter will automatically change the system version and register your computer for Windows 10 Pro.

Activation Troubleshooter can be found in the Settings app under Update & security. This feature is currently available only to Windows 10 Insiders running at least build 14371. Although Microsoft hasn’t officially confirmed this toll would arrive to everyone with the Anniversary Update, it is very likely to happen.

Will the new approach solve user issues with Windows 10 activations? Tell us your opinion in the comments below!

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