Windows 10 Activation Guide

⚠️ If your PC does not already have Windows 10 installed, you can install it using the guide here.

Activating Windows 10 with a product key is incredibly quick and simple:

  1. Update Windows First

    Navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
    Click the “Check for updates” button.
    If there is an update available, complete it before continuing.
    If it says “You’re up to date” continue.

  2. Activate Windows 10

    Navigate to Settings > Update & Security  > Activation.
    Select “Change product key”, and enter the 25-character product key.
    Select Next to start the activation.
    If you receive an activation error run through the general troubleshooting steps.

  3. Check Activation

    A message will say “Windows is activated” or if you have a Microsoft account linked to your PC “Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account”, either of these messages confirms the activation was genuine and successful.

Troubleshooting Activation Errors

Windows can present an error during activation for many different reasons, please run through the troubleshooting steps listed here: