Windows 10 Deactivates Legit Installs

Microsoft is having another crappy week. For reasons that are unclear, Windows 10 Professional users are finding that their properly licensed installations are being deactivated.
On affected systems, Windows notes that a Windows 10 Home license key is being used with a Windows 10 Pro installation. To fix things, the system needs to be wiped and Windows 10 Home installed. Otherwise, a genuine Windows 10 Pro key needs to be used.

Microsoft has acknowledged that the problem exists. Citing some unspecified issue with the Windows Authentication servers is causing the problem. The best news is there’s no fix. The Windows 10 Pro licenses do seem to be valid, and some resolution is promised within a couple of business days.

This has been a bothersome year for Microsoft as they have had two botched updates in 2018. Discussions in the community are pointing that they are sacrificing quality over quantity. While others companies like Apple or Linux have less updates, Microsoft isn’t testing before release.

In many instances, they are using their Insider Program to bug fix. However, much of their bugs should have been fixed in Quality Assurance. The Insider Program should be used for minor or cosmetic fixes. Not to substitute for QA.

In related news…

Remember that October Update that was pulled? Yeah, it seems that there are more issues with it.  While it’s not as severe as having your documents wiped out of existence, it can still be classified as very irritating for users. That’s because the bug in question breaks file associations. Which prevents certain file types from opening with the default programs you choose. For example, not being able to associate Adobe Photoshop with image files, Notepad++ with text files or VLC with .mp4 files.

According to Forbes, it seems this issue has been lurking for quite some time:
“This is a known bug and has almost certainly been reported in the Feedback Hub, so Microsoft should be aware and working on a fix. The next regular monthly cumulative update is expected on Tuesday 12 June, so I’d expect the fix then.” ~via TenForums, May 2018.

That forum post was from May 2018. Like other serious untouched bugs, it has been reported in the Feedback Hub multiple times according to Bleeping Computer. Now, we’re in November, and the issue persists. In fact, it’s been around in various forms since 2015. Yes, 2015.

It seems to be somewhat erratic, but in general users find that:

  • Default app preferences aren’t saved when choosing “Open With” and enabling “Always use this app”
  • They can’t choose defaults by app
  • They can’t choose defaults by file type


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