FIX: Your Windows License Will Expire Soon

If your Windows License is valid, you may also end up with a sudden pop-up saying: Your Windows license will expire soon.

This can happen if the version of Windows you are using is not compatible with your system.

So, what is the solution?

Follow this article to know what to do when you get this message.

What To Do When You See Your Windows License Will Expire Soon Message?

Here I have shown what you need to do when you see the Windows Licence expiring soon message. Follow as shown to easily fix it.

1) Restart Windows Explorer

When you see the ‘Windows license will expire soon’ message, restart Windows Explorer.

To do so, follow the steps given below:

  • Right-click on the Taskbar and select task Manager from the given options.
  • Click on the Processes tab and find Windows Explorer from the list.
  • Click on the End Task option.


  • Next, click on File and select Run New Task, as shown below.


  • Enter explorer.exe and click on the OK button or press Enter. Windows UI will get displayed now.


  • After this, enter CMD in the Windows search bar and right-click on Command Prompt. Select the Run as administrator option.


  • Enter the following command in the Command prompt and press Enter:
slmgr –rearm


Many users have also suggested running the following command:

slmgr /upk

After running the command, restart your PC, and this should fix the problem.

2) Reactivate Windows With The Product Key

If you are sure that your Windows license is invalid, use the same product key to reactivate your Windows. To do that, follow the steps given below:

  • Open an elevated Command prompt window and enter the following command:
wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey


  • Press the Enter key, and you will see your product key. Copy the product key by selecting it and pressing Ctrl + C keys.
  • Click on the Windows Start button and select Settings. Click on Update and Security. From the left pane, select the Activation option.


  • Click on the Change product key option.
  • Paste the copied product key in the respective field by pressing Ctrl + V keys. Click on the Next button to continue.


  • From the next window, click on the Activate button and wait patiently till you see a confirmation message that Windows is activated.
  • Restart your PC after this, and this should fix the problem.

3) Perform a System Restore

If you had created a system restore point before the problem occurred, then revert to it.

This can fix the issue. To do so, follow the steps given below:

  • Enter Control Panel in the Windows search box and click on the top option.
  • Click on the Recovery option, as shown below.


  • From the next window, select Open System Restore and then select a preferred restore point.
  • Click Next, followed by Finish, to complete the process.


  • If the problem persists, then go to the next solution.

4) Edit Group Policy

If the above process did not fix the problem, then edit Group Policy Editor following the steps given below:

  • Open the Run dialog box by pressing Win + R keys on the keyboard.
  • Enter gpedit.msc in the dialog box and press the Enter Key or click on the OK button.


  • Next, navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update


  • Go to the right panel and select No auto-restart with logged-on users for the scheduled automatic updates installations option.
  • Click on the radio button for the Enabled option and then click on the apply button. Select OK to continue.

5) Tweak Registry 

If the above steps did not help and you are still getting the validated copy of your Windows license popup, then tweak the registry.

But before you proceed, make sure to back up the registry keys following this article, as you may need to revert the changes.

After backing up, follow the steps given below to tweak your registry.

Be extra cautious while handling the registry and follow exactly as mentioned:

  • Open an elevated Command prompt window and enter the following command:
reg add "HKLMSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionSoftware Protection Platform" /v NoGenTicket /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f


  • Press the Enter key to run the commands. This will modify the registry and you should not see the Windows license will expire pop up after this.

6) Disable Some Windows Services

If the above processes did not solve the problem and Windows still displays that your license has expired message, then disable these two services.

Follow the steps to do so:

  • Search for Services in the search bar and select the top result.
  • Find Windows License Manager Service and double click on it to open its Properties.
  • Set the Startup type as Disabled.


  • Click on the Apply button followed by OK.
  • Next look for Windows Update from the services window and double-click on it.
  • Set the Startup type as Disabled.


  • Save the changes by clicking on the Apply button followed by OK.

7) Reinstall Windows

If no other method has helped you to fix the problem, then reinstall Windows. You can follow this article to reinstall Windows 10.

A fresh installation can solve the problem.

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

  1. How do I fix a Windows license that will expire soon?

To fix the Windows license that will expire soon, restart Windows Explorer, reactivate Windows with the product key, edit the group policy editor and tweak the registry.

  1. How do I turn off the Windows license will expire notification soon?

To turn off Windows license will expire notification soon, restart Windows Explorer, try to reactivate Windows using the same product key, edit registry, and the group policy editor.

  1. How do I activate Windows without a product key? 

To activate windows without the product key, begin the installation process as you usually do.

Then from the first screen that asks you to enter a product key, choose I don’t have a product key option. Windows will allow the installation process without the product key.

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Sanchita Das
Sanchita Das
Creative and focused. Always ready to learn new techniques and improvise accordingly. Loves to meet new challenges and explore new possibilities.


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