This video will show you how to activate Windows 10 and getting help with any issues. It includes the following:

  1. Windows Activation
  2. Product Keys
  3. Activation Troubleshooting

Windows 10 Activation?

There is no need to activate Windows 10 when it comes preinstalled with the purchase of a new computer or notebook. You can go to Settings > Activation to check your current 25-character license key. Another way to check your license key is to do the following:

  1. Open a command prompt window as an administrator.
  2. Type in “wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey”
  3. Your product key will be shown after pressing enter.

Windows license keys are expensive, which is why we recommend you purchase a retail license from a digital vendor like G2A. Buying an online license will be cheaper than picking one up from a local store as there are no extra expenses needed for the packaging, and it is effectively a serial number that you would be getting when making the purchase – this usually gets sent to your email address or you can view it from within the web store you bought it in.


What happens if I don’t activate Windows 10?

If you, however, choose not to activate Windows 10 the system functionality will be reduced a little bit. The following changes will take place:

  1. There will be a “Windows is not activated” watermark on the bottom right of your screen.
  2. Windows will constantly remind you to activate your copy of Windows 10.
  3. Windows isn’t activated, Activate Windows now” will appear as a notification in Settings.
  4. You won’t be allowed to change the wallpaper or theme of Windows 10.
  5. Some apps and features will cease to work.


How to activate Windows 10?

Method 1:

  1. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation > Change product key.
  2. Enter your Windows 10 product key.
  3. Windows will activate automatically.

Method 2:

  1. Open a command prompt window as an administrator.
  2. Type in “slmgr /ipk yourlicensekey” and hit the enter key to activate Windows 10.

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