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Computer has been asking me to "Activate Windows" for the past 6 years.

Old 4th Dec 2018, 05:39
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Computer has been asking me to "Activate Windows" for the past 6 years.

I have had this PC for the past 6ish years, and ever since day one, every few hours, about 3-4 times a day, whatever program or application i'm in will close and prompt me with a completely blue screen telling me to activate windows and only gives me the option of going to my PC Settings before I can X out of the window. I'm sick of it, I've dealt with this for 6 years. Countless games I play have had certain situations ruined because of sudden game closes due to this. I am perfectly fine with the current version of Windows that I have, Windows 8. How do I disable this from appearing ever again?
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Old 4th Dec 2018, 07:21
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It's not asking you to upgrade - it's asking you to register the copy of windows your machine is running (this is a user-license requirement). One of three things has happened:

1. You bought the machine new and failed to follow the instructions to activate the operating system on first use

2. You bought the machine "pre-owned" and it has an illegal copy of Windows on it which is already registered elsewhere

3. Your system has become corrupted and *thinks* the activation hasn't occured.

If it's (1) just go to settings and activate the software (it's free).

If it's (2) then you'll have to buy a legal copy of Windows and install/activate it

If it's (3) you need to contact microsoft's on-line help facilities and they will assist you in diagnosing/fixing the problem

Actually there is a (4) - if you have changed the disk, the motherboard or the processor of the machine it may need you to re-activate it by talking to microsoft. This is a facility to stop people copying an activated installation onto multiple machines to avoid paying for the software. I don't think this will be the case because you said this had been happening "since day 1".

Does that help?

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Old 4th Dec 2018, 12:06
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And this has been going on for 6 years !!!??? Seriously ?
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Old 5th Dec 2018, 02:05
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It wouldn't last six hours before something drastic happened to it.

If it's 6+ years old it's quite likely the HD's on its last legs and may have some corruption. High time to get some new hardware and upgrade the OS to Linux Mint.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 09:29
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If it's (3) you need to contact microsoft's on-line help facilities and they will assist you in diagnosing/fixing the problem
Or you can wait for them to call you. They call most weeks these days. They're very helpful. Until - after 25 minutes - you tell them that you have a Mac....
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 17:08
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you tell them that you have a Mac....
Nope, a Lenovo T440. So they start in on their spiel until I tell them it's running Linux.
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 03:01
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The license code for the operating system is going to be on a sticker on the bottom of your computer. You should be able to activate it online, with a smartphone, or with a phone call by using the license code on that sticker. If you follow the prompts for the activate windows popups that keep bothering you, it'll lead you to a website or phone number to call. It takes maybe 10-15 minutes, tops, even if you have to talk to a real person to get it done.
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