How to Check If Windows 10 Is Activated or Not

Windows 10 has been out for a little over a week now, and a good portion of Windows users have already utilized their free Windows 10 upgrade. As soon as you upgrade your system, Microsoft automatically activates your Windows 10 copy in the background, assuming that you’ve upgraded from genuine Windows 7 or 8 versions.

Since the Windows system doesn’t display any “Successfully Activated” type of messages, there will be a bit of confusion whether the installed or upgraded version of Windows is activated or not. The confusion is particularly true if you’ve reinstalled Windows 10.

So, if you ever need to, here is how you can check to see if your Windows 10 system is activated or not through different methods.

One of the easiest ways to check the Windows 10 activation status is to look at the System applet window. To do that simply press the keyboard shortcut “Win + X” and select the “System” option. Alternatively, you can also search for “System” in the Start menu.

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Once the System window has been opened, scroll down and you will find the wording “Windows is activated” under the Windows Activation section if your system is activated.

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This window even displays the option to change the product key if you ever need it, like when you are upgrading from one edition to the other.

Other than using the regular Windows System applet to check the activation status, you can also use the Modern control panel. This is particularly useful if you are using Windows 10 in tablet mode.

To start, click on the Notifications icon on the bottom right corner of the taskbar and select the “All Settings” option.

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The above action will open the Settings panel. Here, select the “Update and Security” option.

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In the “Update and Security” window, navigate to the Activation tab and you will find your Windows activation status in the right pane. If your Windows is activated, you will see the “Windows is activated” message next to “Activation.”

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Just like in the System applet, the window also hosts the “Change product key” button if you need it.

You can also use the regular old Command Prompt to check your Windows Activation status. To do that press “Win + R,” type cmd and press the Enter button to open the Command Prompt. Alternatively, you can also use the power user menu (Win + X).

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Once the Command Prompt window has been open, enter the below command and press the Enter button.

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As soon as you press the Enter button, Windows will display a new window showing the activation status. Since I’m using Home edition on my laptop, it is displayed as the Core edition. If you are using the Pro version, then the change will be reflected in the window.

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It is that simple to check your Windows system activation status using different methods.

Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences after using the above methods to check whether your Windows system is activated or not.

6 comments

  1. Nice note. Very informative. I was in doubt whether my windows 10 is activated or not. But this helps me to clear the doubt.

  2. Hi, I bought a new Win10Home PC in March that had to sent in for repair a couple of weeks ago because Windows wouldn’t start anymore – I get getting a black screen with the message “(A7) Me FW Downgrade – Request MeSpilock failed”. In any case, I have my PC back now and it appears to be working again, except that it is unclear whether Windows is really activated. The command prompt check says it’s activated. In the Settings panel under “Update & Security -> Activation” it says Windows is activated. BUT: The basic information area under “System and Security -> System” says I need to activate Windows! Any thoughts on this? BTW, the manufacturer never actually said what they did to repair my PC. Either way, the November update that was apparently causing problems for other users (“Windows 10 Home, Version 1511, 10586”) has not been installed … Thanks for any suggestions.

  3. in my pc windows is activated in all the methods you informed but still when i chat with the windows support service they say that windows is not activated in ur pc as u have used the key already in the same pc(which is correct). so can i still use my pc without any issue??

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