Solved Activation servers - seems to be a problem at the moment -- any body else having issues


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Hi folks

In the last couple of days I've had some VM's that had a perfectly valid digital license go "Unactivated" and message from servers seems to be "No digital license found for this device". These VM's have been working for months without issues.

Not changed any hardware - all Windows systems 100% legal - so is this just me or have there been problems. Not changed or updated the HOST OS.

The only one I could activate was creating a Windows 11 Enterprise version for which I have a multi-activation VL license from Windows 7 Enterprise and that key worked - but I don't really want W11 Enterprise as my "Normal system" -- I want to get back to W11 Pro.



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In the last couple of days I've had some VM's that had a perfectly valid digital license go "Unactivated" and message from servers seems to be "No digital license found for this device". These VM's have been working for months without issues.
My Hyper-V VMs are all still activated.
This is a W11 Pro RTM one that's just run Slmgr /ato. I get the same results in a Dev build W11 Pro VM.

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro 22H2 Insider Beta as a native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 128GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro 22H2 Insider Beta as a native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 128GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.

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My Hyper-V VMs are all still activated.
This is a W11 Pro RTM one that's just run Slmgr /ato. I get the same results in a Dev build W11 Pro VM.

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Hi there

Thanks for suggestion --
That didn't work and I got various errors such as "Running Non core version of Windows" etc etc .

So what I did was clear the product code entirely :

slmgr /upk

slmgr /cpky (clears from registry)


reboot computer

Then on activation request (activate now) I entered the original product code again -->next-->activate ->this copy of windows has been activated with digital license.

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Not sure what the original problem was but problem solved -- might have been caused by updating the HOST OS to linux kernel 6 (was running with 5.xx series -- so Windows might have thought "Hardware change" or something. Marking as solved.

I keep this one as a "base reference" Windows 11 pro almost nothing installed so when things go bonkers with some updates and installs from dev / other insider previews I can "rebuild" from the base ref system.

The Wonders of Ms Windows !!!!! -- perhaps Ms has been learning from "Gandalf the Wizard" (Lord of the Rings) -- sometimes his logic seems more impeccible than Ms's.

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Thanks for suggestion --
...I didn't need to run it myself, they were already activated. It was more to show that the activation server were still there and responding....
Not sure what the original problem was but problem solved -- might have been caused by updating the HOST OS to linux kernel 6 (was running with 5.xx series -- so Windows might have thought "Hardware change" or something.
Yes, your 'hardware change' sounds the most plausible explanation. Glad to hear you got it sorted.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro 22H2 Insider Beta as a native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 128GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro 22H2 Insider Beta as a native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 128GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.

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...I didn't need to run it myself, they were already activated. It was more to show that the activation server were still there and responding....

Yes, your 'hardware change' sounds the most plausible explanation. Glad to hear you got it sorted.
Hi there.

Once that was fixed all my other VM's (X 5) all were marked active with digital license.

I think the HOST Linux system with the quite significant changes between Kernel 5.xxx and 6.xxx including loads of firmware and driver changes must have presented itself to Windows as "New Hardware". KVM really flies now on kernel V6.0 and am getting nearly Native speed on (Activated) Windows VM's !!!!.

Cheers
Jimbo
 

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