Resolve "This Build of Windows will expire soon" notification on Windows 10

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 3, 2018
Windows, Windows 10

I run an Insider Build version of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system on a separate PC to keep up with development. Joined the Insider Program when Microsoft made it available publicly and have been an Insider ever since on that device.

For the past week or so, Windows 10 would display the "This Build of Windows will expire soon" notification on the desktop PC.

I assumed at first that I had not updated to the latest build but a check under Settings > Update & Security returned no new builds.

this build of windows will expire soon

I read on Softpedia that Microsoft would start showing these notifications on systems running earlier builds; the December 14th deadline matched the description, and a version check revealed that the build was indeed not the latest.

Tip: Just open Start and load winver by typing it and hitting Enter to get the build number and version of the operating system.

I thought about getting an ISO image of the latest Insider version to install it on the PC as delivery of updates was stuck, seemingly on it. That would mean quite a bit of work though, and I decided to investigate further to find out more about the issue.

Changing the license of the system might have been an option too, but it turned out that the solution was just a couple of clicks away.

I opened Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program for clues, and found plenty. All options on the page were grayed out and not selectable. The content setting was set to "Active Development of Windows", and the pace in which new builds were delivered to "Slow".

I noticed on the page that no Windows Insider Account was linked to the program; that was odd, as I had an account linked to the program from the very first time I set it up.

I clicked on the add button to link that account again to the Insider Program. It was displayed right away as an option and I did not have to enter any data, e.g. a password for verification.

As soon as I did that, Windows would unlock the options. I could switch to the Fast Ring again, and a check under Windows Update returned the latest Insider Build which I started to download and install.

I did not unlink the account from the Insider program; this must have happened automatically somehow.

Anyway, if you run into the same issue, make sure you check if an account is linked to the program.

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  1. Wito said on July 22, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Dave, we are living still in the same old world. Nothing really changed. Situation is temporary and will end soon. Don’t panic.

  2. Dave said on July 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

    July 31/2020 days mine will expire will I have A OS After this date nothing in windows updates check daily and also in the Insiders all account is okay now it has the release I will get slowly or the recommend updates that’s all you can click of here?? My build is I’m correct is 19628,1 MN and something about pre release I’m not at the outer at present anyway these updates are driving me nuts the first one after 2 solid days yes 2 days of the timer and nothing did a hard reset and it came back up staying it was trying to undo the updates and had worked since???? Writers I tell you but this took seriously 4 hours before it came back to life worried a bit there I started insiders with acer E-510 and when I seen get windows 10 free I have been with it since through the thick and thick of it there has been no thin ways here. Lol.
    This being said hopefully somebody point me in the right direction thanks folks and be safe out there we are forsure mixing and living in a new world our there

  3. batman669 said on August 27, 2019 at 4:57 am

    thank you.. this seem to have fixed my problem.

  4. jelabarre59 said on January 1, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    And what id the “link a windows insider account” is **ALSO** non-selectable. All it shows is a greyed-out “fix me” button and a greyed-out plus-button for adding an account. Broken, as is usual for Microsoft.

  5. no answers said on December 30, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    so what is the resolution ? I am getting the error and am being told that after two weeks I won’t be able to use it. I tried downloading 1809 but it fails .

  6. Andy said on December 4, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Also, I don’t want to click on the “fast ring” as my Insider PC is an older desktop and I don’t want to “Push it”, if you get my drift!

  7. Andy said on December 3, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    I did receive this message but my settings page was not grayed out and my PC was still connected to my MS insider account.

  8. Anonymous said on December 3, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    > Resolve “This Build of Windows will expire soon” notification on Windows 10

    LMAO :D

    I though it would be a link to “patch-win10-activator-nokeys.exe”

  9. Klaas Vaak said on December 3, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Time to vote with your feet.

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