How to Check Whether Windows 10 Is Activated

Windows 10 Activation

Microsoft launched Windows 10 back in 2015, and since then it has quietly replaced its older versions: Windows 7 and 8. However, to enjoy the full features of Windows 10, you need to activate it. Without activating, you won’t be able to download critical updates or apps on your system. You cannot customize the desktop. You will be bugged periodically with messages asking you to activate your copy of Windows. It is essential to know whether your Windows 10 copy is activated. Here we show you three methods to check whether Windows 10 is activated.

Check Activation Status through System Window

One of the easiest ways to check the Windows 10 activation status is to look at the System window. To do that, follow the steps below:

1. Press the keyboard shortcut Win + X and select the “Settings” option. Alternatively, you can also search for “Settings” in the Start menu.

Settings Windows 10 Activate

2. On the left pane of the Settings window, find the “Activation” section.

3. At the top, under the Windows section, it shows details of whether your Windows 10 copy is activated.

Activation Windows 10

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.

Check Activation Status through the Command Prompt

You can also use the regular Command Prompt to check your Windows 10 Activation status.

1. To do that, press Win + R, type cmd and press the Enter button to open the Command Prompt. Alternatively, you can also search for the Command Prompt in the Start menu.


2. Once the Command Prompt window opens, enter the below command and press the Enter button.


3. As soon as you press the Enter button, Windows will display a new window showing the activation status. Since I’m using the 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.


It is one of the simplest methods to check whether your copy of the Windows 10 operating system is activated.

Check Whether Windows 10 is Activated Using Run Command

You can also use a run command directly on the Run program to check the status of Windows 10 activation.

1. Press the Win + R buttons on your keyboard.

2. In the search box, type slmgr.vbs –xpr and hit Enter or click OK. Note that there is a space between vbs and -xpr.

Permanently Activation Windows 10

Wrapping Up

If for some reason you don’t want to activate Windows, you can still remove the activation watermark from the Desktop or change the wallpaper.

Sagar Naresh Sagar Naresh

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  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. ¡Very good article!

    Here are several methods to check Windows activation for all Windows operating systems:

  3. 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.

  4. 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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