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"Windows is unable to activate" why would it do this ?

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    Windows 8 Pro

    "Windows is unable to activate" why would it do this ?

    I was using VMware (Windows XP), when I switched back to the host (Windows 8). I was prompted by a message that said "Windows is unable to activate, activate using PC settings" (Or something similar). I reactivated it using those settings. Why would Windows 8 just randomly deactivate ? Could someone else possibly be using my key ?

    On the control panel it says "Activated since 05/14/2013" when it was first activated months before that.

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    Lynnwood, WA
    Posts : 173
    Windows 8, Windows 7

    There have been updates to Windows Activation that have taken place quietly via Windows Update. Some users are having to re-verify they're legit. It happens.
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"Windows is unable to activate" why would it do this ?

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