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Introduction

In this article, we will learn how to activate your Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems by using multiple methods.

What is Windows Activation?

Windows activation helps to verify that your copy of Windows is genuine and hasn’t been used on multiple devices. It helps to prevent software privacy by ensuring that you are using a genuine copy of the Windows operating system.

The best practice is to link your Microsoft account to the Windows 10 or Windows 11 license on your device. It helps you to reactivate your Windows whenever you reinstall your operating system or make any hardware changes.

Activate Windows using a Product Key

The product key will be in 25-digit alpha numerical format, something like this (A1AAA-1AAA1-AAA11-AAA1A-AA1AA).

During the Windows installation process, it will ask you to enter the product key, or you can skip the activation during installation and later on, after the installation, you can activate the operating system.

Before following the activation steps, make sure that you have an active internet connection to activate the operating system.

Active Windows 10 using a Product Key

Follow the steps below to activate Windows 10 by using a product key.

Click on the Start menu > Settings > Update & Security > Activation > Click “Change product key.” Enter the product key and wait a few seconds for the activation process to complete.

How to Activate Windows Operating Systems

Active Windows 11 using a Product Key

In the search bar, type activation and click Activation settings > click Change and enter your 25-digit product key and wait for a few seconds to complete the activation process.

How to Activate Windows Operating Systems

Activate Windows using a Digital License

Microsoft introduced the digital license while upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1 to the latest version of Windows 10 or Windows 11. It is the method that doesn’t require you to enter a product key. Instead, your system will create a digital entitlement while upgrading to the latest version of Windows.

It is helpful while reinstalling the Windows operating system or after a hardware change on your computer.

Activate after reinstalling Windows 10

If you have attached a digital license to your device, you can license the same version of Windows without entering a product key.

After reinstalling Windows, login to your Microsoft Account, which holds the digital license, and follow the steps below.

Select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Activation > You will see your Windows is activated with a digital license without entering a product key.

How to Activate Windows Operating Systems

Activate after reinstalling Windows 11

Login to the Microsoft Account that holds the digital license and follow the steps below.

Select Start menu > Settings > System > Activation state You will see your Windows is activated with a digital license without entering a product key.

How to Activate Windows Operating Systems

Activate Windows after a hardware change on Windows 10

If you want to reactivate Windows after the hardware change, make sure that you have an active internet connection and that you have added your Microsoft account and linked it to the digital license on your device.

Run the activation troubleshooter to activate the Windows operating system.

1. Login as an Administrator to run the activation troubleshooter. It is only available if your Windows is not activated.

2. Click Start menu> Settings > Update & Security > Activation >Troubleshoot

3. Select “I changed hardware on this device recently” and then click Next.

4. Enter your Microsoft account details and sign in.

5. From the list of device that are linked to your Microsoft account select “This is the device I’m using right now”. Finally, click Activate.

If, for any reason, you are unable to activate, kindly follow the link below for further troubleshooting.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/get-help-with-windows-activation-errors-09d8fb64-6768-4815-0c30-159fa7d89d85#ID0ELD=Windows_10

Activate Windows after a hardware change on Windows 11

Sign in to the Microsoft Account that holds the digital license and follow the steps below.

Click on the Start menu > select Settings > System >Activation You will see your Windows is activated with a digital license without entering a product key.

If, for any reason, you are unable to activate, kindly follow the link below for further troubleshooting.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/get-help-with-windows-activation-errors-09d8fb64-6768-4815-0c30-159fa7d89d85#ID0ELD=Windows_11

Follow the below link to check the activation status of Windows 10 and Windows 11.

https://easytechhub.com/how-to-check-windows-activation-status/

Conclusion

Windows activation helps you to verify that you are using a genuine copy of the Windows operating system or not. In this blog post, we learned how to activate Windows 10 and 11 operating systems by using various methods.

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By Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan works as a system administrator with more than 12 years of experience in information technology. He would like to share the knowledge with others that he has gained during his working experience.

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