Windows 11 Activation Guide

Installing Windows 11

Clicking the button below will take you to the official Microsoft Windows 11 download page.

If you have an OEM activation key, you will need to do a fresh Windows 11 installation. You can select either the “Create Windows 11 Installation Media” option to create a bootable USB or DVD, or select the “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” option to download the ISO file to your computer, which you can then run to perform a fresh Windows 11 installation.

If you have a retail product key, you can choose any of the download options, with “Windows 11 Installation Assistant” being the easiest. Or you can upgrade your system to Windows 11 via Windows Update if Microsoft provides the option (not all users get the option).

Activating Windows 11

When you have Windows 11 installed and you’re ready to activate, follow these steps.

  1. In the Windows Search Bar type in “Activation settings” and hit enter. This will load the activation window showing which Windows 11Edition you have installed and its activation status.
  2. Under the “Change product key” row, click the “Change” button.
  3. A window will open asking you to “Enter a product key”, type or paste in your 25 digit Windows 11key and click “Next”.
  4. Back on the Activation window your Windows Edition and activation status will update to reflect the product key you used.

Troubleshooting Activation Errors

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