All the computer systems have pre-installed windows 10. But this is not so easy when you have recently installed a graphics card or had some major updates done in PC. In this blog, we will learn about how to activate windows 10 in your PC.
Activation of the Windows 10 operating system can be done either by activating the product key again if done so earlier. In case you activated the Windows 10 licence linking it to your Microsoft account, activation on the same device can be done easily with the digital licence.
Follow the simple steps below to activate Windows 10, either by the product key or by entering the digital licence.
Steps to activate Windows 10 with a product key
For installation of Windows 10, enter your product licence key.
Press the Windows key, go to Settings > Update and Security > Activation.
Press the Change Product key.
Enter your product key into pop-up box and press Next.
Steps to activate Windows 10 with a digital licence
While beginning activation, select ‘I don’t have a product key’ option.
Setup and login into Windows 10 with your linked Microsoft account.
The Windows 10 will be automatically activated at this point. In case you had made hardware changes follow the next steps:
Press the Windows key, then go to Settings > Update and Security > Activation.
If Windows is not activated, search and press ‘Troubleshoot’.
Select ‘Activate Windows’ in the new window and then Activate. Or, select ‘I changed hardware on this device recently’, if applicable.
If you get sign-in prompts, follow them using Microsoft account linked to your digital licence.
Select the device you’re using and check ‘This is the device I’m using right now’ next to it.
Your digital licence should be there and your copy of Windows 10 will be activated.
How to Permanently Activate Windows 10 with CMD
Without third-party Windows 10 activation tools, you can activate Windows 10 with CMD for free. Here we’ll introduce how to activate Windows Enterprise edition with CMD.
Step 1. You can press Windows + R key on the keyboard to open Windows Run box. Type cmd, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open and run Windows Command Prompt as administrator.
Step 2. After you enter into Windows 10 Command Prompt, you can copy and paste this command line: slmgr.vbs /upk, in the Command Prompt window. Hit Enter to execute the command.
Step 3. Next you can copy and paste this command line and hit Enter to install the Windows 10 product key: slmgr /ipk *PRODUCT CODE*
Step 4. Then you can type slmgr /skms zh.us.to command line and hit Enter.
Step 5. At last, copy and paste slmgr /ato and hit Enter to activate Windows 10 for free with CMD.
How to know if Windows 10 is already activated forever:
Regardless of which activation method you have used, you can check the activation process of your Windows 10 using various methods, we will explain the 4 that are simpler, you can try any and then tell us which one you used:
Method to check if it is activated
Run the command prompt (CMD), remember that at the beginning of the guide we explain how to do it.
Type any of the following commands and press Enter:
slmgr.vbs / xpr
Then a pop-up window should appear indicating that the Windows operating system is permanently activated, depending on the language in which the system is configured, this announcement may appear in English.
Can you use Windows 10 without activating?
It certainly is possible. At the time of Windows 10 installation (regardless of the version you have) when you are asked for the license key you can click the “Skip” button, thus avoiding having to activate it.