Fix Windows activation error code 0x8007023E

If you receive an error code 0x8007023E during Windows activation, maybe after you have clean installed Windows 11/10 on your device, as reported by some affected PC users, then this post is meant to help you fix the error.

Windows activation error code 0x8007023E

Windows is not activated
We are currently unable to activate Windows on this device. You can try to activate again later or go to the store to buy genuine Windows.
Error code: 0x8007023E

You’re likely to experience activation problems for a variety of reasons, including the following:

  • Internet connection or failure (network driver not included, local power outage, etc.)
  • Change of equipment in the system
  • Incorrect Windows version or product key

Fix Windows activation error code 0x8007023E

Activation ensures that the software is obtained and licensed by Microsoft. Users of non-activated Windows are not eligible for important security updates, bug fixes, or patches. Also, you won’t be able to personalize your lock screen. So if you get an activation error code 0x8007023E while activating Windows 11/10 on your computer, then our recommended solutions below should help you solve the problem on your device.

  1. Wait for a while and try again
  2. Make sure you have installed the correct version of Windows for your product key
  3. Run the Windows Activation Troubleshooter
  4. Connect the PC to another network
  5. Start the Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant
  6. Contact Microsoft Support

Let’s look at these suggestions in brief detail.

1]Wait for some time and try again

Sometimes activation problems like the one you’re experiencing are usually related to Microsoft’s activation servers and are certainly nothing to worry about. So, if you know your Windows is genuine and you’ve verified that the product key matches the correct version of Windows you have installed on your device, you can wait a while and try again, or just ignore the activation message if the activation watermark Windows did not appear on the desktop. In some cases, as explained, the error message will disappear and your Windows 11/10 will be automatically activated once Microsoft’s activation servers are back online.

Read it: Disadvantages and limitations of using non-activated Windows

2]Make sure you have installed the correct version of Windows for your product key

It just requires that you make sure it’s the right version of Windows for the product key you’re using to activate. For example, you can use an OEM or Retail key to try to activate Windows 11/10 Pro Education. You can open a command prompt in administrator mode and then type the command below and press enter to get full license information.

slmgr /dlv

Most education keys are corporate licenses that are activated on an organization’s server. So, if you are in an organizational environment and are getting this error code on your Windows machine, you should contact your organization’s IT department to see if this is the case with us.

Read it: Check the license status and activation ID of your Windows

3]Run the Windows Activation Troubleshooter

The Windows operating system comes with its own package to fix Windows activation problems. After any internet connection issues are resolved, if the activation issues persist, you can use the Windows Activation Troubleshooter to fix the activation problem on your system.

To run the activation troubleshooter on your Windows 11 device, do the following:

Windows Activation Troubleshooter - Windows 11

  • Click Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  • Go to system > Activation.
  • Click on Troubleshooting link

To run the Activation Troubleshooter on your Windows 10 device, do the following:

Windows Activation Troubleshooter - Windows 10

  • Click Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  • Go to Update and security > Activation.
  • Click on Troubleshooting link

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4]Connect your PC to another network

So, make sure this is not the case for you. If this applies to you, you can temporarily disable your VPN software or security software (antivirus and/or firewall) and see if you can successfully activate Windows on your device. Otherwise, go to the next solution.

Read it: Windows Activation Errors: Error Codes, Description, Fixes

5]Start Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant

Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant

The Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant is an automated tool designed to help PC users solve Windows 11/10 problems and is useful even if you can’t activate Windows.

7]Contact Microsoft Support

Since this is an activation issue, if you check all the requirements to run a genuine copy of Windows on your device and wait a reasonable amount of time, but the activation error isn’t fixed, you can contact Microsoft Support to activate it over the phone, provided there are no ongoing internal issues or server maintenance.

Hope this helps!

Why does my Windows 11/10 suddenly not activate?

If your Windows 11/10 device suddenly becomes inactive, you should check if the product key you used to activate Windows previously is the same as the one you purchased. If not, open the Settings app and go to Update and security > Activation. Then click Change product key and enter your original product key to activate Windows correctly. If you made a purchase online, your product key should be in the email sent to you by the supplier.

Can I use Windows 11/10 forever without activation?

Microsoft allows users to install Windows 10 for free without a license key and use the operating system without activation. However, users will need to activate the OS after the trial period ends – PC users can continue to use Windows without activation, although failure to activate will not affect the PC or laptop, it will limit some features.

Read it: How long can you use Windows without activation?

How many times can you use a Windows key?

According to the Microsoft End User License Terms, you can only use a Windows 11/10 key once per PC or laptop. If you need to reinstall the operating system for any reason, you will need to enter the key again. And if you’re wondering if Windows keys expire, the answer is no. Genuine Windows 10 retail keys actually issued by Microsoft do not expire.