The Complete Windows 10 Activation Guide

The release of Windows 10 was just on time as many PC fanatics will jump into it to test the new features of the Microsoft latest operating system (OS). As usual, every versions of Microsoft products required activation before user can fully utilizes the system functionalities.

What is an activation? It’s a way of verifying that your copy if OS is legit and not been used on more than one device as per Microsoft Software License Terms.

As for Windows 10, the process is slightly different than the previous versions of OS. The official activation methods will use either a digital entitlement or a 25-character product key depending on how you got your copy of OS.

This article will show you the legit or official process as well as using the third-party software i.e. activator to activate our computer system.


The Official Activation Method

With Win 10, you can either activate it using the traditional way i.e. purchase a license product key or a new method call digital entitlement. The digital entitlement method is a new way and it doesn’t require you to enter a product key.

The table below show you the way you get the OS as well as the method used to activate it:

How you got Windows 10?Activation method
You upgraded to Win 10 for free from an eligible device running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or 8.1.Digital entitlement
You bought genuine license from the Windows Store and successfully activated Windows 10.Digital entitlement
You bought a Windows 10 Pro upgrade from the Windows Store and the OS successfully activated.Digital entitlement
You’re a Windows Insider and upgraded to the newest Insider Preview version build on an eligible device that was running an activated previous version of OS and Windows 10 Preview.Digital entitlement
You bought a copy of the license OS from an authorized retailer.Product key
(On a label inside the box Windows 10 came in.)
You bought a digital copy of the software from an authorized retailer.Product key
(In the confirmation email you received after buying the OS or in a digital locker accessible through the retailer’s website.)
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 Win 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.)


Checking the Windows 10 Activation Status

Before you reinstall Win 10 make sure to check your activation status. Go to Start, then select Settings > Update & security > Activation. You will see the information in the page as shown in the screen below.

windows 10 activation

For more info if Windows 10 isn’t activated on your device, see Get help with Win 10 activation errors.


The Guide to Activating Windows 10

You’ll need to use a product key or serial number to activate a new installation of OS on a device that has never been activated before.

You’ll also need to use a product key if the new installation is for an edition of Windows 10 that wasn’t previously activated on the device. For example, if you install Win 10 Pro version on a device that had Home version installed on it.

During the installation, you’ll be asked to enter the valid product key. After the installation is complete, your device will automatically activate online.


How you activate Win 10 after reinstalling it depends on how it was originally installed on your device.

If you activated your free upgrade to Windows 10 or bought and activated it from the Window Store, you have a digital entitlement for your device. This means you can reinstall the same edition of OS that your device has a digital entitlement for without entering a product key.

During reinstallation, if you’re asked to enter a product key, select Skip. Your device will automatically activate online after the installation is complete.

If you previously installed and activated the system using a product key, you’ll need to enter the product during the re-installation.

Note: For more info about how to create installation media, go to the Microsoft software download website. When creating installation media, make sure to choose the edition of OS that matches the edition that’s already installed on your device.


Using the Activator

The activator is a third-party program designed to activate the operating system without going through either one of the official activation methods described above.

In fact, some people say the activator is a crack tool that created with the intention to activate Window and/or Office. But those activators can really do their job in activating the OS.

There are several tools or loaders available but two of the popular activators are describe here:

  1. Microsoft Toolkit

This is an excellent 2-in-1 toolkit that able to activate Windows and Office but not in parallel. No installation is needed to run the tool but the entire file is bigger than other activators.

You can choose to use either Auto KMS or EZ-Activator to activate the OS or Office. It already proven that either option is working great. The only requirement is that your computer must installed with Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0+

The toolkit also equipped with other functionalities, so it’s good to read here and see the full details what the toolkit can do for you.


  1. KMSpico

This is another popular and reliable activator that is widely used by people around the world. The selling point of this loader is that with just one click, your system will be activated! Because the tool will auto-detect the OS on your system and activate it once you push the button.

You also can activate both programs (Win+Office) at the same time i.e. parallel activation. Once the system is activated, it’s active for lifetime.

For more info, you can read the details about the kmspico activator here.


Conclusion:  You Can Choose How to Activate Windows 10 Now!

Whether you like it or not, the activation is a process that every computer system need to do if you want to enjoy the full functionalities of the Microsoft OS.

If you purchase a genuine copy of the software or even upgrade from the older OS, you can either use the digital entitlement or product key method to activate Win 10.

Else, if you manage to download a free copy of activator available on this site, the tool can also be used to activate Windows (but this is not ethical and hence it’s not encouraged). Unless you want to trial the OS first, you should support the software manufacturer once you can afford.

No matter which method you choose to activate Win 10, I wish you good luck and happy exploring the new and latest OS from Microsoft.