Activation is the process by which your Windows device is licensed and considered genuine. Activation helps verify that your copy of Windows is genuine and hasn’t been used on more devices than the Microsoft Software License Terms permits.
To activate Windows 10, you need a digital license or a product key in order for your device to be certified as genuine. There are a few ways to determine if your device is properly licensed, but I will be showing you just one method in this blog post.
Select the Windows Start button or search for settings on the fly from the Windows search box.
Click on update and security as shown below
– Select Activation. The activation status will be listed close to the activation as shown below
Change Product Key: In order to change the product key, click on the Change product key button as shown above.
– This will open up a Windows for you to enter your new product key as shown below.
– Enter the key and click on Next and follow the prompts.
If the license is genuine, Windows 10 will register it and attempt to activate it online automatically.
Note: You can also search for the Activation settings on the fly from the Windows search button as shown below.
It is vital to determine if your Windows 10 device is activated and linked to your Microsoft account. Linking your Microsoft account with your digital license enables you to reactivate Windows using the Activation troubleshooter whenever you make a significant hardware change.
Note: Microsoft allows anyone to download Windows 10 for free and install it without a product key. For more information on the Microsoft activation process, see the following link.