Windows 10 Build 14371 Includes New Activation Troubleshooter Tool To Fix Activation Issues

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Microsoft today released Windows 10 Build 14371 to Windows Insiders. It includes Windows Activation improvements. Following the feedback from Windows Insiders who have run into activation issues on Genuine Windows devices after making changes to device hardware such as replacing a hard drive or motherboard, Microsoft is releasing a new tool call Activation Troubleshooter that will be released as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. This tool will help users in addressing common Windows Activation issues.

For example – if your device has a digital license (formerly called “digital entitlement”) for Windows 10 Pro from a previously installed activated Windows 10 build but you accidentally re-installed Windows 10 Home on such a device, the troubleshooter will automatically guide you through upgrading to Windows 10 Pro and activate Windows. You can launch the troubleshooter by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation and select Troubleshoot. Remember, Windows 10 Insider Preview builds are intended to be installed on Genuine Windows devices.

Microsoft is also introducing the ability to link your Microsoft account (MSA) to the activation digital license with this Insider Preview build. If you already used an Microsoft Account to log in to your activated Windows 10 Home or Pro device, your MSA will be automatically linked. You can use this MSA linked digital license to re-activate your Genuine Windows 10 device by running the Activation troubleshooter, if you run into Activation issues caused by hardware changes.

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