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Windows (Troubleshooting)"Windows license will expire soon" Error Message

Use these instructions to fix the error message "your Windows license will expire soon" on a UWM computer.


UWM computers must contact the UWM network every 180 days to keep their Windows license from expiring. If you are using a UWM computer off-campus for an extended period, you should install and connect to the VPN to prevent your Windows license from expiring.

Resolve Windows License Error Message

Issue: an error message appears and reads Your Windows license will expire soon. You need to activate Windows in Settings.
Environment: UWM computer being used off-campus.
Error message screenshot

Steps to resolve the problem:

Install the Palo Alto GlobalProtect VPN user

  • If you already have the GlobalProtect VPN installed, proceed to step 2
  • Use the Software Center to install the application Palo Alto GlobalProtect
  • If you have problems with the Software Center installation, you may perform a manual installation or contact IT support for help

Connect to the GlobalProtect VPN user (Use these instructions) 

Continue using your computer normally.

  • The license error message should resolve automatically.
  • Connect regularly to the VPN to prevent the error message from recurring. 

Keywordswindows, license, licensing, expire, expired, expires, expiring, activate, re-activate, activation   Doc ID101927
OwnerDesktop Support L.GroupUW-Milwaukee Help Desk
Created2020-05-11 10:07:25Updated2023-07-13 15:39:00
SitesUW-Milwaukee Help Desk
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