3 Ways to Activate the Windows Product Key
The new laptops and computers available now do come with an installed and activated Windows 10 operating system. If you haven’t activated yours yet, there are a lot of reasons to do so.
- Building your own PC with the best processor and graphics for serious gaming.
- Upgrading your computer to a new motherboard with a new installation of Windows 10.
There are different ways to activate your Windows 10 product key. If you already had a Windows 10 on your device before, you can use the same key to reactivate it. Having your Windows 10 license linked to your Microsoft account would mean that you are able to reactivate it easily on the same computer. This is true, even if you have made changes to your hardware.
We have made some easy steps for you on how to activate your Windows 10 key. Go ahead and check them down below:
1. Activating your Windows Product Key
It is easy to activate your Windows 10 product key. Installing the key in a new computer or even an old one with a lot of changes made to it would mean that you would be asked your 25 digit Windows 10 product key. This is done after installing or reinstalling your Windows.
The Windows 10 product key can be found on the packaging of your device, a card or on the Certificate of Authentication that came with the device.
If you don’t own a Microsoft Product key, you will be given the chance to purchase it once you are able to install it.
If you are reinstalling Windows 10, you are able to do so by adding your Microsoft account to your device as well as linking your Windows 10 copy to it.
To activate the key, locate “activate” which is found on the lower part of the page.
You then have to go to the Activation settings, then enter the Windows key.
2. Linking Windows to your Microsoft Account
To link your Microsoft account to your Windows 10, you must have a Microsoft account. You would have to create one if you don’t have one yet.
Here are the quick and easy steps to link your account.
- Press Windows Key + I on your keyboard to bring up the Windows Settings.
- Click on Accounts.
- Click on Your Info.
- Select “Sign in with your Microsoft Account instead.”
- Enter your information to sign in.
- Enter your password
- Click Next.
Linking your Microsoft 10 product key to your Microsoft account will make it easier for you the next time you would have to reactivate it.
3. Fast and Easy Activation with CMD
This is the easiest way, especially if you are familiar with the Command Prompt.
slmgr.vbs -ipk new_windows_serial_key_number_licence
Your Windows product key is now activated.
Where Can I Find the Windows Product Key?
The product key is usually located on a lable or card in the box of the Windows software. If this is pre-installed, you are able to see the product key on a sticker somewhere on your device.
Where Can I See the Activation Status?
The activation status can be seen when you select Start, then go to Settings, then to Update and Security, then Activation. It should show the staus there.