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How to activate Windows 10

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How to activate Windows 10: Following the instructions in my guide on how to install Windows 10 , you have recently installed the latest Microsoft operating system on your trusted computer. You did really well, I can’t tell you more. However, if you are here now and you are reading this guide it is most likely because you are having some problems in being able to understand how to carry out the OS activation procedure and would like to deal with it. If this is really the situation, know that you have no reason to worry. In fact, I can explain to you, step by step, all you need to do to activate Windows 10 .

How to activate Windows 10

Before you can be alarmed and think about who knows what I want to reassure you immediately on one point: contrary to what it may seem, activating Windows 10 is a simple operation, very simple indeed. You just have to have a minimum of patience and attention as well as a few minutes of free time available and you’re done.

Having clarified this, if it is therefore your intention to find out what steps must be taken to activate Windows 10, I suggest you grab your PC, get comfortable and concentrate on reading the indications that I am about to provide you. You will see that in the end you will be ready to say that activating Windows 10 was actually a breeze. Let it bet?

Product key

How to install Windows 10

Before explaining what steps must be taken to activate Windows 10 it is good to clarify one thing right away. In order to carry out this operation it is essential to have a system product key .

To obtain a Windows 10 product key to use on your computer, you must purchase a copy of the operating system which you can find directly on the  official Microsoft  store , on online stores such as  Amazon  and in physical electronics stores.

You can also activate Windows 10 with the serial number used for any genuine copy of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 in your possession if in the past months you have carried out  the free update  or, if you use assistive technologies and have required the upgrade to the new OS, by connecting to the special Web page attached to the Microsoft home website.

Activate Windows 10 after purchasing the OS

Windows 10 screenshot

If you intend to activate Windows 10 after purchasing a copy of the operating system, the procedure that must be carried out differs slightly depending on whether you have provided the OS product key during the installation of the same or not. In any case, don’t worry, in both cases the operations you need to perform are very simple.

If you have already entered the product key during the installation of the operating system and now you want to activate Windows 10, all you have to do is connect the computer you are operating to to the Internet and make sure that the connection is actually active and functioning. In fact, if connected to the Internet Windows 10 will be activated automatically.

If you prefer, you can still check that the activation procedure of the copy of Windows 10 in your possession has been successful. To do this, press the Start button and click on the Settings item attached to the menu that is shown to you. Then click on Update and security and then select the Activation item from the menu located in the left part of the window displayed on the screen.

Now concentrate on the wording under Activation . If the word Windows is active, do absolutely nothing. The procedure by which to activate Windows 10 has already been carried out during the installation of the operating system and has been successful.

If, on the other hand, under the heading Activation there is the word Connect to Internet to activate Windows , it means that during the installation procedure you were not connected to the Internet or that you are not currently connected to a network and therefore it has not yet been possible to activate your own Windows 10 for this reason. To remedy this, connect to an Internet network and wait for the item in question to be automatically changed in Windows is active .

If instead you have not already typed the product key of the copy of the operating system in your possession and you want to activate Windows 10, press the Start button and click on the Settings item attached to the menu that is shown to you. Then click on Update and security and select the Activation item from the menu located in the left part of the window displayed on the screen.

Now click on the Change Product Key button  located in the right part of the window, enter the product key in your possession by filling in the field below the item Product Key and wait for the validation of the same. If an entry should appear indicating that the product key entered does not work, try typing the serial number again, most likely there are some typing errors that prevent you from activating Windows 10.

If the activation procedure of the copy of Windows 10 in your possession does not start automatically, once the Internet connection is established you can press on the Activate item   to try to activate the operating system manually. Keep in mind that sometimes the activation servers can be busy. If so, you may need to wait a few moments and try again.

In all cases, know that if you don’t have an Internet connection, you can activate Windows 10 by phone. To do this, just press on the Activate by phone item in the Activation of the Update and security section and follow the instructions visible on the screen.

Activate Windows 10 after updating the OS

How to activate Windows 10

If you were in possession of a computer with a copy of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 installed and you have already proceeded to update to the new operating system you have nothing to worry about, the procedure by which to activate Windows 10 has been carried out fully automatically.

If you still want to check that everything went the right way, press the Start button and then click on the Settings item attached to the menu that is shown to you. Then click on Update and security and then select the Activation item from the menu located in the left part of the window displayed on the screen.

Now concentrate on the wording under Activation . If there is the word Windows is active you can be satisfied, the procedure by which to activate Windows 10 has been successful.

If the word Connect to the Internet to activate Windows should be present under the Activation item , do not be alarmed, you were certainly not connected to the Internet during the installation procedure or you are not currently connected to a network and therefore it has not yet been possible to activate your own Windows 10 for this reason. To remedy this, connect to an Internet network and wait for the item in question to be automatically changed in Windows is active .

In the event that the activation procedure of the copy of Windows 10 in your possession does not start automatically, once the Internet connection is established you can press on the Activate item to try to activate the operating system manually. Keep in mind that sometimes the activation servers can be busy. If so, you may need to wait a few moments and try again.

If, on the other hand, you have performed a clean installation of Windows 10, so to speak, after updating your copy of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 previously, you can activate Windows 10 by providing, when explicitly requested, the product key associated with the “old” Windows license during the installation of the new operating system.

If you have not typed the Windows 10 product key during the installation procedure, don’t worry, you can still activate your copy of Windows. To do this, press the Start button and click on the Settings item attached to the menu that is shown to you. Then click on Update and security and select the Activation item from the menu located in the left part of the window displayed on the screen.

Now find the appropriate attached item in the right part of the window that allows you to provide a Windows 10 product key and to proceed with the activation of the copy and click on it. In the window that at this point will be shown to you, enter the product key in your possession by filling in the field below the item Product Key and wait for the validation of the same. If an entry should appear indicating that the product key entered does not work, try typing the serial number again, most likely there are some typing errors that prevent you from activating Windows 10.

Once you have typed and validated the product key to activate Windows 10, in the Activation section annexed to the Activation section of Update and security you will be shown the entry Windows is active .

In all cases, know that if you do not have an Internet connection at your disposal, you can activate Windows 10 by phone. To do this, just press on the Activate by phone item in the Activation of the Update and security section and follow the instructions visible on the screen.

Common mistakes

How to activate Windows 10

In trying to activate Windows 10 as seen in the previous lines, the system may return errors. Below are the most common and what you can do to deal with it.

  • Error 0x803F7001 – This is an error indicating that a valid Windows license was not found for the computer. To solve, just enter the correct product key for the copy of your system.
  • Error 0x8004005  – This is an error that usually appears when the automatic procedure fails. To solve, just proceed with manual activation.
  • Error 0xC004FC03  – This is an error indicating that the computer may not be connected to the Internet or the security programs (antivirus, firewall) may block access to it. To resolve, make sure that the network connection is actually available and / or try temporarily disabling the protections.
  • Error 0x8007232b  – This is an error similar to the previous one. To resolve, check your Internet connection and then try to activate the system again.
  • Error 0xC004F061  – This is an error that is shown only if you try  to activate Windows 10  with a copy of the OS prior to November 2015 and indicates that the license in use cannot be used with a clean installation but only through an update. To resolve, you need to get a newer ISO image of Windows 10 and reinstall the system.
  • Errors 0xC004C008 and 0xC004C020  – This is an error indicating that the license used has exceeded the activation limit. To resolve, you need to get a new product key.
  • Error 0xC004C003 – This is an error indicating that the license is not valid. To solve you need to get a new product key;
  • Error 0x80072F8F  – This is an error indicating that the date and time of the PC you are trying to update are incorrect. To solve, just correct the date and time of the computer.
  • Failure to Activate  – In this case the servers may be clogged. Generally just wait a few minutes and then try again. This way you should be able to cope with it.

If you need more details, take a look at the special support web page attached to the official Microsoft website.