How to Check if Windows 10 is Activated
InformationActivation helps verify that Windows on your PC is genuine.
If you upgraded to the free offer of Windows 10 on a PC, then you will be able to do a clean install of the free Windows 10 on the same PC anytime you like if it is currently activated.
Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14371, you can link your Microsoft account to the Windows 10 digital license (formerly called digital entitlement) on your device. This can help you reactivate Windows using the Activation troubleshooter if you make a hardware change later, such as replacing the motherboard.
This tutorial will show you how to check if Windows 10 is currently activated or not activated on your PC.
NoteCan I reinstall the Free Windows 10 on my computer after upgrading?
Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 for the free upgrade offer on an activated Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC, you will be able to do a clean install of Windows 10 on the same PC anytime in the future. You’ll be able to create your own installation media like a USB drive or DVD to use to install Windows 10 again after you’ve upgraded the first time.
You do not get a product key with the free upgrade of Windows 10. Instead, the activation for the free offer of Windows 10 is registered on the Microsoft activation servers for the PC when you upgraded from an activated Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. If you make a meaningful change to your PC's hardware (ex: motherboard), you may need to contact customer support to activate by phone.
Depending on how you got your copy of Windows 10, activation will use either a digital entitlement or a 25-character product key.
Digital entitlement is a new method of activation in Windows 10 that doesn't require you to enter a product key.
Source: Activation in Windows 10 - Windows Help
How you got Windows 10 Activation method You upgraded to Windows 10 for free from an eligible device running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Digital license You bought genuine Windows 10 from the Windows Store and successfully activated Windows 10. Digital license You bought a Windows 10 Pro upgrade from the Windows Store and successfully activated Windows 10. Digital license You’re a Windows Insider and upgraded to the newest Windows 10 Insider Preview build on an eligible device that was running an activated previous version of Windows and Windows 10 Preview. Digital license You bought a copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer. Product key
(On a label inside the Windows 10 box. A digital license will be given to your device for Windows 10 based on the valid product key you entered.)
You bought a digital copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer. Product key
(In the confirmation email you received after buying Windows 10 or in a digital locker accessible through the retailer’s website. A digital license will be given to your device for Windows 10 based on the valid product key you entered.)
You have a Volume Licensing agreement for Windows 10 or MSDN subscription. Product key
(Available through the web portal for your program.)
You bought a new device running Windows 10. Product key
(Pre–installed on your device, included with the device packaging, or included as a card or on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached to the device.)
- Option One: To Check if Windows 10 is Activated in System
- Option Two: To Check if Windows 10 is Activated in Settings
- Option Three: To Check if Windows 10 is Activated in Command Prompt
OPTION ONETo Check if Windows 10 is Activated in System
1. Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, and click/tap on System.
OPTION TWOTo Check if Windows 10 is Activated in Settings
1. Open Settings, click/tap on the Update & security icon, and click/tap on Activation on the left side.
OPTION THREETo Check if Windows 10 is Activated in Command Prompt
1. Open a command prompt.
2. Type the slmgr /xpr command into the command prompt, and press Enter.
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