Here’s a guide on how to get Windows 10 product key, activate it, and make it work on your desktop PC, laptop or Surface Pro tablet. In Windows 10, there are two ways to activate your copy of Windows OS, first is by free upgrade and the other involves new retail copy of Windows 10 operating system.
Microsoft, for the first time ever, allowed users of genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8 OS to upgrade to its latest operating system for free via automatic free OTA update. The free Windows 10 upgrade offer ended on July 29, 2016. The only way to upgrade to fully activated Windows 10 is to get a licensed copy for your desktop PC, laptop, or tablet. There are several online sources available to get required Windows 10 product key to a activate, but many people are not aware of the right method of using the Windows 10 product key to activate the OS for their device. In this post, we are going to show you the complete process regarding Windows 10 activation on desktop PC, laptop or tablet.
Windows 10 Product Key & Activation For Free Upgrade
Despite the free Windows 10 upgrade offer has officially ended, we are going to go ahead and mention it the process of upgrading PC to Windows 10 from a device running on genuine copy of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, so that, by any chance, if your device is still eligible for free upgrade, you could upgrade it to Windows 10.
First thing to remember when getting a free Windows 10 upgrade on genuine copy of Windows 8/8.1/7 is the new Windows 10 OS copy is linked to your device’s hardware, not with Microsoft account, and it doesn’t involves or requires a new product key.
If you wish to clean install Windows 10 on the same computer, you can do so by downloading an ISO file, creating a bootable USB drive or DVD, and clean install it from setup. During the Windows 10 clean installation process, it will ask you to enter a product key, skip this step and continue with Windows 10 setup process. Once the Windows 10 OS is installed, it will be activated as soon as your device is connected to the internet. The reason being, Microsoft knows that you clean installed Windows 10 on the same hardware when the device is connected to the internet. In order to check the Windows 10 activation status, head over to Settings > Update & security > Activation. You can also check the Windows 10 activation status from Control Panel > System and Security > System.
If in future you decide to change your PC or hardware on the free Windows 10 copy, inform Microsoft support about the device of hardware or PC to get Windows 10 activated on the new setup.
Note: If you upgraded on free Windows 10 using Microsoft’s free upgrade program, your Windows copy will be activated automatically without needing to enter the product key. After that you can do clean install of Windows 10 which will be automatically activated without the product key as long as you perform clean install on the same hardware as the Windows 10 license is tied to a single hardware at a time.
Windows 10 Product Key & Activation
If you are clean installing Windows 10 on a new device, you will need to purchase retail license of Windows 10. You can get it from DeamSpark, TechNet, MSDN, and similar other outlets. Use this product key during the clean installation process to activate your Windows 10. If you lost the product key, there is a third-party tool called ProductKey to find the product key for your Windows 1o copy.
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