Windows 10 is the latest Microsoft home operating system installed on most personal computers that everyone has at home. In this article we will see how permanently activate your copy of Windows 10, how to check that the copy is correctly activated and where to find low-cost licenses to no longer have to deal with the warning that the copy is not activated correctly.We can activate Windows in different ways: through the use of Product Key (legal mode) and through special tools such as KMS (illegal mode).
What is a product key and how to get it?
The Product Key is a unique alphanumeric code that identifies a Windows license. You can get hold of a product key in various ways:
- buying a license through official channels (the Microsoft Store, Amazon or physical retailers);
- by purchasing a low-priced Windows ESD license (less than 5), you can consult the dedicated guide;
- using a valid product key from an earlier version of Windows (7 or 8);
- using a Windows 10 product key that you already had.
Each product key has a unique code so it can be used to activate only one PC at a time.
Activate Windows 10 through a product key
Activating Windows 10 using a really simple Product Key and you can do it in two ways, based on the choices you make during the installation of the operating system.
The first method to activate Windows 10 is to insert the Product Key during installation and the first time you connect to the Internet the system will automatically activate.
You can easily check the activation: just press on Start, write activation (without quotes) and pressSubmit.Open the window (as in the screen below), you need to check what is written next to the itemActivation.If correctly activated you will find the writingWindows activated with a digital license.
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If the installation was performed offline, it will appear writtenConnect to the Internet to activate Windows, just connect to the network to complete the procedure.
The second method is to install Windows 10 without inserting any Product Key, in this case the operating system will be usable without any limitation for 30 days.In the thirty days following installation, you can easily enter your product key, just a few steps, you need to:
- click on Start (the button at the bottom left of the interface with the Windows logo);
- write "activation" (without quotes) and press Submit;
- in the window that will open, click on the itemChange product key;
- at this point insert the Product Key taking care not to make mistakes;
- to press Submit to start the verification, if the valid code the system will be immediately activated.
In case of invalid code, we invite you to double check, being a long alphanumeric sequence the errors are always around the corner.
For those who don't have one Internet connection You can also proceed with the activation by telephone, just select the appropriate item in the window Activation.
Activate Windows 10 in a pirated way using KMS tools
What a KMS and how it works
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In short, pirated KMS tools automatically activate Windows with a 180-day volume license. KMS is actually an activation method designed and provided by Microsoft to allow activation of the PCs of a private network without Internet connection. Pirates have created their own tools that use the same technology to activate products.
The risks of using a KMS
Firstly, the use of a pirated KMS tool for activating Windows illegal. In addition, in using these tools there are also a number of risks to your safety. The use of pirated software is one of the first reasons for infection and often makes systems cracked unstable and exposed to infections.
The KMS tools, in fact, ask for administrator privileges to work and they are not open source, therefore they may also contain malicious software (such as Trojans) which could act almost undisturbed undermining the security of your system.
Because we do not recommend using KMS to activate Windows
There are various reasons that push us to strongly advise against the use of a KMS:
- These tools are often recognized as virus or malicious software by antivirus (and by Windows Defender), therefore their execution is automatically blocked. A KMS must always remain active to reactivate in the system, in the event of a block the activation will expire and vi sometimes even touches the installation of the system.
- By now there are Windows 10 licenses under 5, it certainly is not convenient to stay behind pirated tools and put your security at risk, when you can have a real license at ridiculously low prices.
- As we said illegal use these tools for activation.
If you are the geeks of your group of friends and family and repair PCs to everyone (often for free), we advise you to buy and install one of the economic license keys we have talked about. Activating the PCs with a KMS tool you have a good chance of being called back often by relatives or friends who complain of the PC full of viruses or of the version of Windows that is about to expire, or worse expired.
If you still want to use a KMS
If despite the warnings, and now aware of the disadvantages, you prefer to use a pirated tool to activate Windows, you can consult our appreciated article dedicated to KMS.