I know all of you are having anxiety with the 20H2 update on whether you can still get activated or not.
I'm here to assuage those fears.
I started way back Win 10 1709 a.k.a. Fall Creators Update, and all the way up to 1909. Until then I'm always activated. No pop-ups, no expiring notifications.
Then MS forced me to update to version 20H2. Update was successfull. However, everytime I login to my PC, a pop-up notification reminds me that my license is expiring soon. After some googling, the /ato option was the solution recommended. Did not work. It said there it cannot contact the server.
Ha! Let me try the to set the kms server again... /skms .... then tried the /ato option again.
It worked! Activated!
20H2 unsets/removes whatever kms server you set in 1909 using the /skms option.
Mine was reset to ' 127.0.0.1:1688'
Check your detailed activation status:
Note: All slmgr commands are via cmd (admin):
You should see the line below:
Registered KMS machine name: kms8.msguides.com:1688
But if you see this:
Registered KMS machine name: 127.0.0.1:1688
Then do the below:
slmgr /skms kms8.msguides.com *comment: wait for the pop window for confirmation
Then proceed to activate:
slmgr /ato *comment: wait for the pop window for confirmation
Then verify you detailed activation status again:
You should now see a line like this:
Volume activation expiration: 259200 minute(s) (180 day(s))
To know what date that will be run:
Based on this experience, the kms activation for Win 10 outlined here in msguides.com should work in 20H2
The only step I hadn't tried was the "/ipk" because I already entered the product key while I was in 1909 and it was not reset during the update to 20H2.
Try it out for yourself. Cheers!