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How to know if Windows 10 is activated

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How to know if Windows 10 is activated: A few days ago a friend who is an expert in computer science has updated your trusted PC to Windows 10. All happy with what you immediately started experimenting with the functionality of the operating system that until now you had not yet had the opportunity to try. However, if you are here now and are reading these lines, it seems clear to me that a doubt has arisen: what if your friend forgot to activate the license key?

In fact, Microsoft makes 30 days available to its users, starting from the moment the system is installed, to provide a valid product key and therefore finalize product activation. Once the deadline has expired, Windows reports clearly and stops working regularly. Before this can happen it is therefore a good idea to do all the necessary checks. But how? Lawful question, indeed more. To find out, read my tutorial dedicated to the subject.

In the following lines I will explain to you, in a simple but at the same time detailed way, how to know if Windows 10 is activated . The procedure, although apparently complex, is actually very simple, even by those who, like you, do not consider themselves a “geek”. Now, however, just chat and let’s get down to business. Good job”!

Some useful info

Photo of a laptop with Windows 10

Being able to understand if Windows 10 is activated or not is extremely important because, as anticipated at the opening, otherwise the operating system stops working regularly and some features are blocked  (e.g. direct personalization of the appearance).

In the system settings there is also a reminder  relating to the activation and in the lower right part of the desktop a watmermark is applied  which, in fact, signals the thing and invites the user to proceed with the activation of the OS.

When Windows 10 is activated regularly, you are entitled to receive all product updates and support for the same from Microsoft. Not to mention that, of course, the above limitations no longer exist.

Contrary to what one might think, it is not so rare to find yourself using a PC on which the copy of Windows 10 in use is not yet authenticated. Maybe because after the initial installation phase the procedure for entering the product key was skipped and then postponed to a later time, completely forgetting about it.

Using Windows without having entered the activation code or without having carried out this procedure correctly is therefore possible but, as you can guess, appears to be a violation  of the license terms  for the Microsoft software. In point 5, it is clearly stated that the licensee is authorized to use Windows only if he has an appropriate license and only if the software has been correctly activated with an original product key or with another approved method.

Know if Windows 10 is activated

Are you interested in knowing whether the copy of Windows 10 installed on your PC is activated regularly or not? To do this, you have three different methods on your side, the ones you find below. So choose the one you prefer and put it into practice following the relative instructions.

From the settings

How to know if Windows 10 is activated

The first procedure you can put in place to find out if Windows 10 is active is to go and have a look at the dedicated section attached to the system settings.

So, click on the Start button  (the one with the  Windows flag ) which is in the bottom left part of the taskbar and select, from the menu that opens, the gear symbol .

In the window that you will later see open on the desktop, click on the Update and security icon  and select the Activation item  on the left.

At this point, if Windows 10 activated in the right part of the window, next to the word Activation , you will find the entry Windows 10 is activated .

From system information

How to know if Windows 10 is activated

In addition to as I indicated above, you can know if Windows 10 is activated or not by taking a look at the system information.

To do this, first click on the Start button  (the one with the  Windows flag ) located in the bottom left part of the taskbar then search for and open the Control Panel . In the new window that opened on the desktop, click on the item System and security  and / or on System  (depends on the type of view set).

You will find the information you need in the Windows Activation section , present at the bottom of the screen displayed. If the copy of Windows in your possession has been activated correctly you will see the wording Windows is activated .

From the Command Prompt

How to know if Windows 10 is activated

You can know if Windows 10 is activated also by acting from the system command prompt, going to issue specific commands, in fact, to the OS. The procedure may seem a little more complex than the others but in reality it is not so.

So, first of all, start the Command Prompt  with administrative privileges by clicking on the Start button  (the one with the  Windows flag ) located in the bottom left part of the taskbar, looking for it in the Start menu  that opens, making us right click on it, choosing Run as administrator  and clicking Yes .

In the Command Prompt window that appeared on the desktop, type slmgr / xpr  and press the Enter key  on your computer keyboard. Immediately afterwards you will see a further window appear in which you will be informed of the system activation status. If Windows 10 has been activated correctly the message Computer is permanently activated will appear . Then click on the OK button  to close the window that has opened.

If you want to receive more complete information about the type of license available on your computer, you can also enter the following command slmgr.vbs -dlv in the Command Prompt . Then always hit the Enter key  on the PC keyboard.

Afterwards, a new window will open in which you will find not only the status of the license and the expiration of the activation (which in the case of successful activation is unlimited) but also further useful information, such as the type of license ( Retail or other OEM or Volume type), the activation server used and so on.

Activate Windows 10

How to know if Windows 10 is activated

Putting the above indications into practice have you noticed that Windows 10 is not activated or that you have a time license (therefore with an expiry date after which the system will no longer be active) and would you like to understand how to remedy it? No sooner said than done! First, access the Start menu  by clicking on the appropriate button (the one with the  Windows flag ) located in the bottom left part of the taskbar and click on the Settings icon  (the one in the shape of a gear ).

In the window that appears, press on Update and security  and select the Activation item  from the menu on the left. In the right part of the window click on the Change Product Key button , enter the product key in your possession by filling in the field below the item Product Key , click on the Next button  and wait for the validation of the same.

You can reach the same section of the Windows 10 settings to activate the system also by clicking on the Start button , opening the Control Panel , selecting System and security and / or System (depending on the type of view enabled) and then doing click on the Change Product Key item  found at the bottom right, next to the word Activating Windows .

On the other hand, if the word Connect to the Internet to activate Windows is present in the right part of the window , obviously during the installation of the operating system the PC was not connected to the Internet or you are not currently connected to a network and therefore it has not yet been possible to activate Windows 10.

To remedy this, connect to a properly functioning network and wait for the item in question to be automatically changed in Windows is active . If instead this item is not changed automatically, click on the Activate item  to attempt activation of the operating system manually.

Don’t have an Internet connection? In this case you can activate the copy of Windows 10 in your possession by phone. To do this, just press the Activate by phone item  in the Activation  of the Update and security section . Then stick to the directions shown on the screen.

For more information on this, to find out which other systems to activate Windows 10 are available depending on the circumstances and to know the most common errors returned during activation, I recommend you read my tutorial dedicated to how to activate Windows 10  through which I proceeded to speak to you of the thing in great detail.

If, on the other hand, you do not remember or do not know the Windows 10 product key and, consequently, you do not know what information to provide when you are asked to enter this data, use one of the special programs to recover the activation code of the operating system of which I have proceeded to speak to you in my guide on how to recover product key .

In case of doubts or problems

How to know if Windows 10 is activated

You followed my instructions carefully and by sign, did you agree that your copy of Windows is not active and while trying to put the indications into practice in front of what you have not yet succeeded in your intent? During the course of work has any other type of hitch arisen that you cannot find a remedy for? Then do this: try to take a look among the discussions attached to the Microsoft community , maybe you can find something that can be useful and interesting for you.

Therefore connected to the home page of the forum, type the reference keyword in the search field at the top center and press the Enter key  on the keyboard. If there are discussions in which your problem has already been addressed, you will find them in the list attached on the next page. To further refine your search you can use the special filters that you see appear at the top.

You can also search for discussions of interest by browsing the latter by category. To do this, select Windows  from the Browse categories section  at the bottom of the main page, click on the word Windows 10 , select the relevant topic from the Windows Topics drop-down menu at the  top and take a look at the discussions already boarded up that you see appear.

If you can’t find anything interesting, you can start a new discussion by clicking on the Ask a question item  at the top, logging in to your Microsoft account and filling out the form that is shown to you with the requested data.

If you can’t get the help you need from the Microsoft community, I encourage you to get in touch with Microsoft support directly .

To do this, connected to the dedicated Web page , click on the button To start , type the description of your problem in the appropriate field on the screen and press Next . Then select Windows  in the drop-down menu Select the product , choose the relevant option from the Select version menu   and select one of the contact options (via chat, booking a call, etc.) that are proposed to you.

In some cases you can also call customer service directly, just dial the number you see appearing on the screen on the keypad of your phone.