Question regarding computer operating system expiring.

I’m not sure if anyone else has this problem. I haven’t previously experienced this issue with any other laptop I’ve owned. I had messages popping up saying my Windows 10 is expiring for a while. Apparently now it has actually expired. The laptop still works but now it’s expired I’ve lost my desktop background image. The issue is confusing because it still works but it’s telling me that my version of Windows 10 has expired. I’ve never had a laptop previously do this on me. It is a Lenovo Ideapad 320. I heard that Lenovo’s can be quite problematic but I’ve had no other issues with this apart from crashing and loading slower.

10 thoughts on “Question regarding computer operating system expiring.

  1. Oh, yeah, I had that a while back. It’s not the Lenovo, it’s Microsoft who screwed up something with Windows 10 updates a while back. I had to download something from them to kick things off again. I’ll have a look for a link when I’m vaguely awake. If you decide to have a look yourself, make sure you only download official Microsoft stuff and don’t get it from a third-party website! They tend to send you scumware instead.

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      1. So did mine, the problem is it stopped getting any security updates. And considering the number of exploitable gaffes that keep being found in Windows it wasn’t a good place to be. But I would recommend not doing anything with it until you sort your phone out…

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      2. I thought you meant me for a moment. Considering that’s also true; my phone broke a year ago and I still haven’t got round to getting it fixed.

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      3. Er, right, I am vaguely awake now. I have found the link which is the Microsoft Windows 10 Update Assistant (I also have no idea how to format links in this thing so I see some editing in my immediate future <_<).

        BEFORE YOU START: backup your groovy shit first! This will start an update to the next major version of Windows 10, and while it should go smoothly there's always a risk it'll nuke your stuff, so copy anything important before just going "yeah, that sounds cool, whevs". I know backups are really boring but they're suddenly much less boring when it all goes wrong, and the wrong sort of interesting if you don't have them. As I have discovered the hard way more than once. Losing stuff you've worked on isn't fun, so make a copy of your writing, your photos, music, everything; once it's gone, any or even of it can be difficult/expensive/impossible to recover. USB thumb drives are a cheap and convenient means, so get one if you don't already have one; but buy it from a reputable supplier (this does not include certain large online stores) because there are a lot of fakes about.

        Lecture over. Now to go and unmangle the formatting. D: Edit: blimey, it worked. 😮

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      4. Then you need to get something! Especially as phones & laptops are easily broken, lost or nicked. Thumb drives are cheap and have enough capacity to take all your stuff; I’ll find a link when my brain is working again. And you presumably have online storage somewhere which can be used to back up small amounts of stuff like documents, though don’t upload anything sensitive and don’t rely on it always being there (i.e. “The Cloud” to use the buzzword du jour is just someone else’s computer and may not be reliable, backed up or secure).

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  2. Expecting the above suggestions to fix your issue.

    There is no reason it should not fix the problem. According to a quick search this problem seems to have a clear fix, which can be done fairly quickly following the steps mentioned above. If your laptop isn’t storing windows on an SSD then it may take awhile to update. If you unsure then just do it when you don’t need to use the laptop for a few hours during the update to avoid frustration.

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