Your Windows License Will Expire Soon

I'm currently using 'Windows 10 Pro' and my windows has been activated by my organisation's activation service. But i kept getting notification that my windows license will expire soon, it started happening after windows update.

I've tried using slmgr /upk and logging out of my microsoft account but none of that seems to work, I suspect that this is caused by the windows update because before the update I never get this notification.



First, check the type of license installed on your system.

1. Open administrative Command Prompt.

2. Type slmgr /dlv and press Enter key.

3. Note the Product Key Channel section Windows Script Host box:

If it mentions OEM <method>, you’ve OEM license installed.

If it says Retail, you’ve retail license installed.

If it mentions GVLK, VOLUME_<method> then you’ve volume license installed. Note that GVLK stands for Generic Volume License Key.


Retail license users facing this issue, run Activation troubleshooter:

Contact Microsoft Support or license vendor, if issue still persists.

In case if it reports that you've volume license installed, then it is not a valid license to be used by end users (correct me, if your system is part of organization). 

In this case, you need to buy genuine license for your Windows 10.

For more help on this, refer this video:

Hope this helps!


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Last updated June 23, 2021 Views 110,515 Applies to: