Microsoft is working to make Windows 10 activation less troublesome and the company is introducing a new troubleshooter in the latest preview build that can guide users throughout the whole process should they experience any kind of issue.

It’s not a secret that activating Windows is quite a challenge at certain times, especially when replacing hardware in your computer, such as a hard drive (not to mention the motherboard, which most often prompts re-activation of the operating system).

After earlier this year Microsoft introduced an option to let users activate Windows 10 with a genuine Windows 7 or 8.1 key and thus make the upgrade a lot easier, the company is now rolling out a troubleshooter that can help guide everyone throughout the activation problem in case any issues are experienced.

A few hours ago when releasing Windows 10 build 14371, Microsoft revealed that it received feedback from many users complaining of activation problems when replacing parts of their computer, and this is why the Activation Troubleshooter comes in so handy.

To use it, you only have to go to Settings > Update & security > Activation > Troubleshoot and follow the steps there to complete the successful activation of your PC. Previously, most users turned to phone calls to Microsoft to re-activate their systems, but we all know that sometimes, getting in touch with Microsoft support isn’t quite the most enjoyable experience, so there’s no doubt that having an automated script that takes care of everything is much more helpful.

Second troubleshooter of the week

Microsoft says that its new troubleshooter can also help those who have a Windows 10 Pro product key but installed the Home version by accident to upgrade to Pro and activate it easier, without the need for clean installs or things like that.

“If your device has a digital license (formerly called ‘digital entitlement’) for Windows 10 Pro from a previously installed activated Windows 10 build but you accidentally re-installed Windows 10 Home on such a device, the troubleshooter will automatically guide you through upgrading to Windows 10 Pro and activate Windows,” Microsoft explains.

For the record, this is the second troubleshooter released by Microsoft this week, so the company might be trying to give users an easier way to fix their problems on their own. And without a doubt, such solutions are indeed welcome, especially because it makes it extremely easy to deal with some of the most common problems in Windows.

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