Windows 10 Activation is a process which is used to verify that the copy of windows is original, genuine & it is not being used on any other device than Microsoft Software License Terms allow.
Windows 10 is deemed as the most in- use OS which was released back in July, 2015 and has now become the world's most popular operating system as 400 million users.
Steps to Activate Windows 10
Windows 10 activation is possible with 2 ways which depends upon how you did get the windows 10 copy. There is no other way to activate device except the following :
1. Activation with 25 digit product key
2. Activation with Digital License
According to Microsoft Software License Terms, a genuine version of Windows has only one particular activation key which is used to verify its authentication. If you bought a Windows disc, then the Product key will be located inside the case. If you bought it online, then you will have received the product key in a confirmation email.
Windows 10 activation with 25 digit product key:
Windows product key is a 25 digit alphanumeric code. The product key looks like: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX.
You get Windows 10 Activation Product key when:
You buy a copy or digital copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer or having a Volume Licensing agreement for Windows or MSDN subscription.
Windows Activation Digital License:
Digital Entitlement is used to activate windows 10. When you are using this method, you need any product key & activation codes. When you try to install windows, you will be asked to enter product key. If you have a digital license, select the option to continue without entering a product key.
You get a digital license for windows activation:
When you upgrade windows from windows 7, windows 8 or windows 8.1.
If you are buying a Windows 10 Pro upgrade from the Microsoft Store and successfully activated Windows 10 then you get digital license.
How to Check Windows Activation Status?
If you want to check the activation status of windows, you need to click on Start button & Select Settings.
Click on update & security.
Select - Activation.
Here you will get all the required activation details.
How to Activate Windows after Reinstalling Windows 10?
If you have reinstalled the windows 10 on your pc or laptop, then you need to re activate the windwows. Windows 10 reactivation process depends upon how Windows 10 was originally installed on your device.
You will have a windows activate digital license if you activated a free upgrade or activated windows 10. So if you reinstall windows, you don't need a product key. Digital license will help you to activate windows again. When you try to reinstall windows 10, you will be prompted to enter activation key, skip the step. It will be activated automatically, once the installation is done.
How to Activate Windows on a New Device?
If you have a new device on which windows 10 is running, then you can activate it by connecting your device to internet. This process can take some to activate windows 10.
Steps for Windows 10 Activation on Refurbished Device:
If you get a refurbished device on which windows 10 is installed. You can activate windows by entering product key.
Windows 10 Activation you need to follow the given steps:
Go to the start button & click on settings.
Select update & security.
Select change product key.
Type the Windows product key found on the Certificate of Authenticity.
Follow the on screen instructions to complete the process.