Your Windows License Will Expire Soon On Windows 10 [Easy Hacks]


Nowadays, it has become easier to install Windows 10 by buying the official OS. Also, you can get the update at ZERO cost as you can download the firmware from Microsoft Store or from Microsoft’s server on the device by using the product key. 

But, while installing Windows 10, if you encounter the error notification “Your Windows License will expire soon; you need to activate Windows in PC settings”, then it may prevent the installation process. Hence, to continue the installation process, you have to solve this error. 

How to Fix Your Windows License Will Expire Soon Error? 

There are a number of ways to solve this error. You can have a look at the solutions described below: 

Way 1: Restart Windows Explorer Process

Restart Windows Explorer Process

You can try to restart the Windows Explorer process from the Task Manager to fix the ‘your windows license will expire soonwarning message. Here’s how to do this: 

  1. First and foremost, press Alt, Del, Ctrl key simultaneously from the keyboard and choose the ‘Task Manager’ option from the list. 
  2. Afterward, navigate to the Processes tab and search for the ‘Windows Explorer’ option. Right-click on it and select the ‘End Task’ option from the list. 
  3. Tap on the File button and then select the ‘New Task’ from the list. 
  4. Next, type “explorer.exe” in the Open input field and press the Enter key. It will navigate you to the Windows UI once again. 

If the Del, Alt, and Ctrl keys are not working, then you can do this by using the Command Prompt. 

Hit the X and Win key both at the same time from the keyboard. Afterward, select the ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’ option from the list. Now, type the command “slmgr -rearm” in the command line and hit the Enter key from the keyboard to execute the command. 

After running the command, you can exit from the Command Prompt window and restart the system to apply the changes. Some users report that they have solved this error by executing the “slmgr /upk” command. 

After performing the above method, if you see that the error still persists, then move on to the further ways described below. 

Way 2: Change the Group Policy

Change the Group Policy

According to some users, they have solved this issue by changing the group policy. Here are the steps you can follow to change the group policy: 

  • In the beginning, hit the R and Windows key both at the same time from the keyboard to invoke the Run Command box. 
  • Afterward, type “gpedit.msc” in the input field and hit the Enter key from the keyboard to proceed. 
  • It will navigate you to the ‘Local Group Policy Editor’ window. Click on the ‘Computer Configuration’ option from the left pane of the screen. 
  • Afterward, tap on the ‘Windows Components’ option and then click on the ‘Windows Update’ button. 
  • Next, tap on the ‘No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installation’ option. 
  • Tick the Enabled option and then tap the Apply button. 
  • Lastly, tap on the OK button.  

Now, if you see that you are still unable to continue the installation process, you can perform the next method discussed below. 

Way 3: Disable Services

Disable Services

If you get this error notification frequently, then you can solve this error by disabling some services. You can perform the below steps to do this:

  1. First of all, invoke the Run Command box and type “services.msc” in the Run box. Click on the OK button to launch the Services window. 
  2. Search for the ‘Windows License Manager Service’ option by scrolling down the list under the Services window. 
  3. Once it opens the Properties window, choose the Disabled option to set the Startup type. Afterward, if you see that the service is still running, then tap on the Stop button. 
  4. Now, tap on the Apply option and then click on the OK button to continue. 
  5. After that, search for the Windows Update service and open its Properties by clicking twice on it. Stop this service by clicking on the Stop option. 
  6. Lastly, set the Startup type to Disabled. 

After doing this, if you still encounter the same error, then revert the changes and check the other solutions discussed below. 

Way 4: Find the Product Key Using Command Prompt

Find the Product Key Using Command Prompt

Another workaround you can perform is to use the Command Prompt. By using the Command prompt, you can find out the product key. Once you get the product key, you will be able to solve this error with ease. You can do this by following the steps below: 

  • In the beginning, go to the Start menu and type “command prompt” in the search field.
  • Right-click on the ‘Command Prompt’ option showing as the search result.
  • Choose the ‘Run as Administrator’ option from the list to run the Command Prompt with Administrator Rights. 
  • Type the command “wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey” in the command line and hit the Enter key to run the command. 
  • Now, you will be able to see the product key. Note down this or copy it to a safe location. Afterward, exit from the Command Prompt window and go to the Start menu. 
  • Click on the Setting (gear-shaped) icon and navigate to the ‘Update & Security’ category. 
  • Tap on the Activation button from the left pane of the screen and right-click on the ‘Change product key’ option. 
  • Now, type the Product Key that you wrote down and tap on the Next button to continue. 

After performing the above steps, if you see that the error message is still there, then you can modify the registry to get rid of this error. 

Way 5: Modify the Registry

Modify the Registry

If you are using a genuine activated copy of Windows 10, then you can fix this error by changing the registry. You can follow the below steps to do this: 

  1. First, open the Run box and type “regedit” in the input field. Click on the OK button to go to the Registry Editor window. 
  2. Before going to modify the registry keys, you have to export it. This is quite simple and you can do this by clicking on the ‘Export’ option from the File tab. 
  3. Go to the ‘Export Range’ section and choose the All option from the drop-down menu. Afterward, type your desired file name and select a safe location. 
  4. Lastly, tap on the Save button.  

After modifying the registry files, if anything goes wrong, you can run the newly created file to restore the registry files in their initial state. 

Once you export the registry, run the command “reg add “HKLMSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoft WindowsNTCurrentVersionSoftware Protection Platform” /v NoGenTicket /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f” and hit the Enter key to run. 

This command will modify the registry and prevent the “Your Windows License will expire soonwarning to appear again. 

Additional Solution: Using Activation Troubleshooter

After trying all the above hacks, if you are still getting the same error, you can use the Activation Troubleshooter to get rid of this error: 

  • First, navigate to the Start menu and open the Setting. 
  • After that, navigate to the ‘Update & Security’ category.
  • Click on the Activation tab from the left pane of the next screen. 
  • Now, launch the activation process and begin troubleshooting to solve this error. 

Afterward, close the window and restart the computer to apply the changes. Now, you can check whether the error is resolved. Hopefully, this time it’s resolved.


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