The “unable to reach Windows activation servers” error means that the activation servers can’t check your device against the record of digital license allocation. If you don’t know how to fix it, read this post from MiniTool to find the methods.
Unable to Reach Windows Activation Servers
If you replace your motherboard after you activate Windows on your PC successfully, you may can’t activate Windows 10. This error typically occurs after applying the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607).
Here are some other reasons for the “unable to reach Windows activation servers” error:
1. Internet connection is unstable.
2. Activation servers are busy.
3. An antivirus suite or Firewall is blocking product activation.
4. PC is behind a proxy server or VPN network.
5. PC was previously upgraded to Windows 10 from a pirated version of Windows 7, 8.1.
Next, I will introduce some useful methods to troubleshoot your problem.
How to Fix the Unable to Reach Windows Activation Servers Error?
It’s important to eliminate some potential culprits right from the get-go. First, you should make sure you’re on a trusted network. Then if you have set up a Proxy server or VPN network, you should disable them.
If you still can’t activate Windows on this device, you can follow the methods below.
Method 1: Install the Creator’s Update
If you already have the Creator’s Update, skip this method and move down to Method 2.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R key to open the Run Window. Type control update and click OK to open Windows Update.
Step 2: Click Check for up dates. Wait for the utility to scan your system and restart your system when prompted.
Now, return to the Activation window and see if the issue is removed. If not, move down to the next method.
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Method 2: Use a Generic Product Key for Your Windows Version
The second method is to try entering the default product key matching your edition of Windows. But you should make sure your Internet connection is stable.
Step 1: Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run Window. Type slui and click OK to open the Windows Activation Client.
Step 2: Click Change product key, then enter the appropriate generic key for your Windows edition.
Windows 10 Home Edition: YTMG3 – N6DKC – DKB77 – 7M9GH – 8HVX7
Windows 10 Home Edition Single Language: BT79Q – G7N6G – PGBYW – 4YWX6 – 6F4BT
Windows 10 Pro Edition: VK7JG – NPHTM – C97JM – 9MPGT – 3V66T
Windows 10 Home N Edition: 4CPRK – NM3K3 – X6XXQ – RXX86 – WXCHW
Windows 10 Pro N Edition: 2B87N – 8KFHP – DKV6R – Y2C8J – PKCKT
Step 3: Click Next and wait for the activation process to finish, then restart your computer.
Then you can check if the issue has been fixed. If there is a message-Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account, you have fixed it successfully.
Method 3: Activate Windows via Chat Support
If the error still exists, you can try to activate Windows via Chat Support. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Press the Windows key + R key to open the Run Window. Type slui 4 and click OK to open the Installation ID screen.
Step 2: Then, select your country or region and click Next.
Step 3: Minimize the Installation ID window when you are prompted to call the number. Then, search for get help in the Search box and open the Get Help application.
Step 4: Type test and then choose No at every prompt until you get the option - talk to a person.
Step 5: Go to Services & Apps > Windows > Setting up and choose Chat online with a Microsoft Answer Tech.
Step 6: Maximize the Installation ID window and copy it into the Contact Support window. The Microsoft Answer Tech will provide you with the Confirmation ID. Then you should return to the Installation ID window, click Enter confirmation ID.
Step 7: Click Activate Windows and wait for the license to be reactivated.
Here is all the information on how to fix the “Unable to reach Windows activation servers” error. You can try the above methods one by one to fix your issue.