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MaxPeck58

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I woke up this morning to find that Windows seems to have reverted to "Windows Home Evaluation Mode". What happened? I've been using 11 for something like 8 months and all-of-a-sudden this happens.

I checked the "activation" status and it shows that it's activated, so why is it in "Evaluation Mode"?

Thanks...
 
Windows Build/Version
22H2 (Build 22581.1)
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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
I woke up this morning to find that Windows seems to have reverted to "Windows Home Evaluation Mode". What happened? I've been using 11 for something like 8 months and all-of-a-sudden this happens.

Windows Build/Version 22H2 (Build 22581.1)

Welcome to Eleven Forum

22581.1 is an Insider build, currently available for the Dev and Beta channels. Are you in the Insider program?


The Insider builds are 'evaluation' copies, as it will tell you in Winver. Where are you seeing the words "Evaluation Mode" ?

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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
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    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. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    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. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
Welcome to Eleven Forum

22581.1 is an Insider build, currently available for the Dev and Beta channels. Are you in the Insider program?


The Insider builds are 'evaluation' copies, as it will tell you in Winver. Where are you seeing the words "Evaluation Mode" ?

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The system tray has disappeared and the above text has replaced it. I checked the activation status and it looks OK. I was at one time part of the "Insider" program but resigned from that some time back. I wonder if OEM_DM channel indicates that they think I'm part of the insider program? I figure this is a bug.

Any ideas?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
Hey Bree. After you mentioned that I went and looked at the Update settings and, yeah, it appears that they think I'm still using it. I turned that off. Betcha that's what it was! The section that shows activation shows that nothing is wrong. Must be a bug. Also, I didn't see the word "Evaluation Mode", that was just my words for it. I see now that if it's a beta that would make sense. I'll see if I can roll back to the previous version. (Can you do that?)

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
Yeah, that's what it was. I just rolled back to the previous build and everything is back in order. Thanks for the feedback guys!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
@MaxPeck58 Please go to the first post and just above it, you'll see a spot to mark this thread as solved so other users know.

But as mentioned above, if you're on the Insiders builds, even though you are activated (and legit) it will still be considered an Evaluation Copy as that's the way they work, they have internal timebombs to force you to upgrade or leave the Insiders.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro β
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eg0070wm
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
    Memory
    32 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2TB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    macOS Ventura
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Apple iMac 27" 5K (2017)
    CPU
    3.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    Memory
    40 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Radeon Pro 570 4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27" 5K, 34" UW
    Screen Resolution
    Mon 1: 5120 × 2880 Mon 2: 2560 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    32GB NVME, 1TB SSD
@MaxPeck58 Please go to the first post and just above it, you'll see a spot to mark this thread as solved so other users know.

But as mentioned above, if you're on the Insiders builds, even though you are activated (and legit) it will still be considered an Evaluation Copy as that's the way they work, they have internal timebombs to force you to upgrade or leave the Insiders.
Gotcha, thanks. Just marked it solved.

Yeah, I don't know how or why I selected that I wanted the insider builds offhand. I probably did that at some earlier time and just forgot about it. I'm a software developer, not a beta tester!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
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