How to check if Windows 10/ 11 is activated?

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If you ever need to check if your Windows 10/ 11 is activated, then you can follow the steps below how to check if your Windows 10/ 11 is activated. This may be required especially when you have reinstalled Windows 10/11 and applied a Windows 10/11 licence key. After that, you may want to confirm if your Windows 10/ 11 is activated properly.

How to check if Windows 10/ 11 is activated?

On Windows 7, we used to right click on THIS PC and then go to PROPERTIES to see if Windows 7 is activated. The same can also be checked from Control Panel> System and Security > System, where we see a text “Windows is activated”. This gave us a sigh of relief knowing that the Windows 7 is indeed genuine.

To check activation status on Windows 10/11, follow the steps below:

  • Click on the Start button >and then select Settings > Update & Security and then select Activation .
  • Your activation status will be listed.
  • The edition of your Windows 10/ 11 and the activation status is displayed.

windows-10-11-activation-status

The activation status message may be any of the following:

  • Windows is activated
    • You are activated.
    • Microsoft account is not linked.
  • Windows is activated with a digital license
    • You are activated.
    • Your Microsoft account is not linked to your digital license.
  • Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account
    • You are activated.
    • Your Microsoft account is already linked to your digital license.
  • Windows is not activated
    • You are not activated.
    • You will see an error message explaining the failure.
    • You might need to purchase Windows 10 to activate.

How to change the Windows 10/11 product key

If you are setting up a new laptop or desktop, you can always download Windows 10/11 from Microsoft website and install it using the Windows Media Creation Tool. The process if simple. It requires internet.

After the installation of Windows 10/11, you can enter the product which you have or which you purchased.

To change the Windows 10/11 product key

  • To check activation status you can go to > Windows Settings > Update & Security and then select Activation
  • Here you can see the activation status. If your Windows 10/11 is not activated and you have purchased a Windows 10/11 product key, then you can change it here.
    • At the activation screen, click on the CHANGE PRODUCT KEY link
    • Enter the product key you have for Windows 10/11
    • Click NEXT to activate

windows 10-11-change-product-key

Depending on how you got the Windows 10/11, you’ll need either a digital license or a 25-character product key to activate Windows 10/11.

  • A digital license (called a digital entitlement in Windows 11) is a method of activation in Windows 11 that doesn’t require you to enter a product key.
  • A product key is a 25-character code used to activate Windows. What you’ll see is PRODUCT KEY: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX. This usually mentioned in the product box or on the computer also. Check the stickers on the computer.

Don’t have Windows 10/11 licence key?

You can purchase a Windows 10/11 lincence after installation also. After the installation, you can go to Windows Settings > Update & Security and then select Activation

  • Select the Start button > Select Settings > System > Activation
  • Select Go to Store

 

 

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