Windows 10: Windows Refuses To Activate - Nagging "Activate Windows" Overlay - Unable to Change Settings

Discus and support Windows Refuses To Activate - Nagging "Activate Windows" Overlay - Unable to Change Settings in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Windows Updates ruined my PC once again and I had to reinstall from scratch. Because it's Microsoft, reinstalling your operating system is no longer... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Brady.1, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Brady.1 Win User

    Windows Refuses To Activate - Nagging "Activate Windows" Overlay - Unable to Change Settings


    Windows Updates ruined my PC once again and I had to reinstall from scratch.


    Because it's Microsoft, reinstalling your operating system is no longer a reliable method of getting up and running again even as a last resort option, because they've found yet another way to screw over their customers and shove invasive "features" down our throats.


    For example, this time around (even though I used the same exact install media as I've use previously with NO ISSUE) Windows is refusing to activate, has a huge "ACTIVATE WINDOWS" screen-overlay at the bottom-left and corner which obscures anything running, and is preventing me from making even the most basic of personalization changes (such as unlocking the taskbar).


    Windows, helpful as always, suggests that run the "Activation Troubleshooter". Upon doing so, it reports that it FOUND a valid license for "Windows Home N" and tells me I need to install Windows Home N in order to activate it... but, that IS WHAT I HAVE INSTALLED.


    Which work-around needs to happen *this time* in order for me to use my PAID PRODUCT KEY for this miserable product?

    :)
     
    Brady.1, Jan 11, 2019
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    hat Win User

    windows activation—hardware changed siginficantly

    From time to time on my thoroughbred PC, I get a Windows activation message that says my hardware changed siginificantly and I have to re-activate Windows. My hardware hasn't changed any more than a network card (went from a wireless g card to onboard lan to a wired network card), and the install is legit. Why is it doing this, and how can I stop it?
     
  3. Windows Vista Activation

    I have 4 sytems in my home running vista(1 ult.-3 prem).The ultimate & 1 premium took SP1
    wthout a hitch.1 premium required re-activation?,The other premium did not list SP1 in windows up-date,So i manually installed it without any re-activation required.
    Also have to add that SP1 has increased performance in every comp.The ultimate machine actually got a 1,100 point increase in 3d 06 without any other changes at all.
     
    GREASEMONKEY, Jan 11, 2019
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  4. qubit Win User

    Windows Refuses To Activate - Nagging "Activate Windows" Overlay - Unable to Change Settings

    Windows activation . . .

    In the Windows activation status page is it still showing as activated, or do you have something like 3 days to do it in?
     
    qubit, Jan 11, 2019
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