Troubleshooting Windows Activation Errors

Windows can present an error during activation for a wide range of reasons, run through these general troubleshooting steps in the order listed.

  1. Internet Connection & Time

    Make sure your PC is connected to the internet and that the system date and time is set correctly for your local timezone.

  2. Activation Troubleshooter

    Run the Windows Activation Troubleshooter which will attempt to automatically locate and resolve any issues.

    Activation Troubleshooter

  3. Windows Update

    Check Windows Update for any outstanding updates, install and complete any outstanding updates so Windows is fully updated.

    Windows Update

  4. System Restart

    Restart your computer and retry activation. It’s amazing how many things a simple reboot fixes.

  5. Phone Activation

    Use the toll-free phone activation service by clicking Activate by Phone on the Activation page.
    If you do not see this button, you can launch it by typing into the Windows Search Bar “SLUI 4“, hit enter to run command. A window will open asking for your country or region, follow the on-screen instructions.

    Phone Activation

Leave your email address and desired quantity: