Activation Guides

Before You Start

Please refer to the PC Health Check app to confirm your device meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 and check the Windows release information status for known issues that may affect your device.


Installing Windows 11

Clicking the button below will take you to the official Microsoft Windows 11 download page which provides 3 different download options and instructions for each.

If you have an OEM activation key you will need to do a fresh Windows 11 installtion. You should download either the "Create Windows 11 Installation Media" to create a bootable USB or "Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)" to download the ISO directly to your computer to perform a fresh Windows 11 install.

If you have a retail product key you can choose any of the 3 download options as these do not require a fresh Windows 11 installation.


Activating Windows 11

If you already have Windows 11 installed on your computer and simply need to enter a retail product key to activate it; or if you have Windows 11 Home installed and wish to upgrade it to Windows 11 Pro or Windows 11 Pro for Workstations, follow these steps.

  1. In the Windows Search Bar type in "Activation" and hit enter. This will load the activation window showing which edition of Windows 11 you currently have and its activation status along with other license details.
  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 11 retail product key and click "Next".
  4. Back on the Activation window your edition and activation status will have updated to reflect the product key you used.

How to download, install and activate Visual Studio Professional 2019.

  1. Download The Installer

    Head to: https://my.visualstudio.com/Downloads?q=Visual%20Studio%202019
    Log in with your Microsoft account or create a new one.
    Click the "Download" button on the "Visual Studio Professional 2019" row.

  2. Run The Installer

    Run the downloaded .exe installer package titled "vs_Professional". Go through the onscreen installation process to install the workloads, components and language packs of your choice as well as selecting the installation location.

  3. Activate With Your Key

    Once the software is fully installed you will be presented with the below window.
    Click "Unlock with a Product key" and enter the 25 character product key provided by us on your order page and click "Apply".
    Your Visual Studio Professional 2019 software is now fully activated and ready to use.

This is how to activate your Office key and install the suite.

  1. Sign In

    Go to redeem.microsoft.com/, sign in using your existing Microsoft account, or create a new one.

  2. Enter Your Key

    Check the account it'll be added to is the correct one as this cannot be changed after the next step.
    Enter your 25 character CD key, click next.

  3. Redeem Office

    If the product shown is correct, select Confirm to redeem the key and bind it to your account.
    ⚠️ There are no refunds after clicking Confirm as the key is permanently bound to your Microsoft account.

  4. Download Office

    Go to your Services & subscriptions page where you will see the product you just activated listed under your account.
    Click the Install link next to the product you want to download and install.
    This is the page where you manage products bound to your Microsoft account, if you need to re-install the program in the future this is where you download it from again.

  5. Customize The Download

    Select the language you want the software to install along with the bit-rate version (default is recommended) and click Install to download the installer.

  6. Installation

    ⚠️ If your computer came with an Office 365 trial pre-installed or if you had an Office 365 subscription, you must un-install it from your computer before continuing, otherwise it overrides this installation and will say your Office 365 subscription has expired.
    Run the installer file that was downloaded to your computer, likely in your downloads folder.

  7. Installation Complete

    Your install is finished when you see the phrase, "You're all set! Office is installed now" and an animation plays to show you where to find Office applications on your computer.
    Upon opening an Office App for the first time you will be asked to sign in to your Microsoft account, make sure to use the same one you used in step 1.

Redeeming a Microsoft Store game code is simple to do using the in-built Microsoft Store on Windows 10 PC.

  1. Microsoft Store App

    Load the Microsoft Store app on your Windows 10 PC, make sure you're signed in to the Microsoft account you wish to link the product to and then click the three little dots in the top right to open the drop down menu, then click Redeem a code.

  2. Enter Your Code

    Type or paste in your 25 digit key/code and click Next

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  3. Confirm Redemption

    It will show you the product you're going to get by redeeming the code when you click Confirm - Once you click confirm the product is permanently linked to your Microsoft account and there are no refunds.

  4. Installation

    Now the game is linked to your account you need to install it. Click the three little dots again, in the drop down menu click My Library. In the left hand column, click Ready to install, your game should be listed with an Install link to click.

    ⚠️ If you had a trial/demo version of a game already installed, you should un-install that before installing from your Library otherwise it can cause an error saying you only have a trial/demo version despite redeeming a code for the full game.

Online (Recommended):

Step 1: Log into your Account Overview page

Step 2: Enter the code in the Redeem a Code box and click Redeem Code


App:

Step 1: From the Games tab, click the Redeem a Code button found under the logo of any game

Step 2: From the Shop tab, click Services and then Redeem a Code

Here's how to setup the Windows 10 installer for Enterprise edition.

  1. Media Creation Tool

    Download the latest Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from the Windows 10 Download Page

  2. Open Powershell

    Once downloaded, open PowerShell while within your downloads folder. To do this, click in the address bar while inside the downloads folder and type in Powershell then hit enter.

  3. Arm The Installer

    Enter the following command into the Powershell window and hit enter: .\MediaCreationTool21H2.exe /Eula Accept /Retail /MediaLangCode en-US /MediaArch x64 /MediaEdition Enterprise

    If you need a 32-bit Windows Enterprise version instead of the standard 64-bit, change the Media Arch argument to /MediaArch x86

  4. Confirm

    Confirm the UAC prompt by clicking yes.

  5. Activate Windows

    You may be asked for the product key at this stage to Activate Windows, enter the Windows 10 Enterprise key.

  6. Installation Media

    Choose to create the installation media.

  7. ISO Installer

    Select "ISO File" for the destination media option.

  8. Installation

    Finally, run the ISO installer that has been downloaded to your PC and proceed through the on-screen installation instructions to setup your PC.

Step 1: Navigate to mcafee.com/activate and sign in to your existing account or create a new one

Step 2: Enter your product key

Step 3: Follow the on-screen instructions to download your software

⚠️ 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.

How to download the official Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft to perform a fresh Windows 10 installation.

  1. Download Windows 10

    Go to the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool page and click the Download tool now button (highlighted in red below).

  2. Instructions

    Click the "Using the tool to create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) to install Windows 10 on a different PC" dropdown (highlighted in red below), for instructions on how to use it.

Nintendo Switch:

Step 1: Select “Nintendo eShop” on the HOME Menu to launch the Nintendo eShop.

Step 2: Select the account you want to use.

Step 3: Select “Enter Code” on the left side of the screen.

Step 4: Enter the 16-character download code. Any letters and symbols not used with prepaid codes (i.e. O, I, Z, commas, hyphens, etc.) will be disabled from the on-screen keyboard.

Step 5: Select “Send” to confirm. The game will begin downloading once the code is confirmed. The game icon will appear on the HOME menu, with a download status bar. The status bar will disappear once the game download is complete.

Uplay Client:

Step 1: You will need to download and install Uplay if you do not already have it: https://uplay.ubisoft.com/en-US

Step 2: Once it’s downloaded, run the application and select a directory to install Uplay in. If you don’t already have an account, you will be required to create one.

Step 3: Click the top left 3 bar menu button, select Activate a key. A product activation box will pop up, type or paste in the activation code.

Step 4: Success! Your game will be activated and bound to your Uplay account. The game has now been added to your Uplay library where you can start the download.

This is how to activate your Office key and install the suite.

  1. Sign In

    Go to Office.com/setup, sign in using your existing Microsoft account, or create a new one.

  2. Enter Your Key

    Enter your 25 character CD key, select your country or region, and select your language.

  3. Download Office

    Select Next to finish the redemption process then download the Office installer by clicking the Download button.

  4. Installation

    ⚠️ If your computer came with an Office 365 trial pre-installed or if you had an Office 365 subscription, you must un-install it from your computer before continuing, otherwise it overrides this installation and will say your Office 365 subscription has expired.
    Run the installer file that was downloaded to your computer, likely in your downloads folder.

  5. Installation Complete

    Your install is finished when you see the phrase, "You're all set! Office is installed now" and an animation plays to show you where to find Office applications on your computer.

Origin Client:

Step 1: To redeem an Origin key, you will require an Origin account and the game client, the Origin game client can be downloaded here: https://www.origin.com/nld/en-us/store/download And you can create an account here if you do not already have one by clicking Register in the lower left hand corner here: https://www.origin.com/

Step 2: Open the Origin game client and click the Origin menu in the top left

Step 3: Select "Redeem Product Code"

Step 4: Enter your serial code

Step 5: The game will be added to your "My Games" section of Origin ready to be installed.

Steam Client:

Step 1: To redeem a Steam key and play, you will require a steam account and the game client, the Steam game client can be downloaded here: https://store.steampowered.com/about/ And you can create an account here if you do not already have one: https://store.steampowered.com/join/

Step 2: Launch the Steam client and login to your Steam account

Step 3: Click the games drop down menu in the top left

Step 4: Choose activate a product on Steam

Step 5: Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process

Online (Recommended):

Step 1: On a web browser, Sign in to your PlayStation Network


Step 2: In the Account section on the left, select Redeem Codes


Step 3: Enter your 12-digit voucher code or prepaid PlayStation card number, and select Next


On Console:

Step 1: From the Playstation Menu, go to the PlayStation Store.

Step 2: Select Redeem Codes on the left hand side menu

Step 3: Enter the code and select Continue

Step 4: The content will be automatically applied to your account, available for immediate download, or available in your Library > Purchased section

Online (Recommended)

Step 1: Go to redeem.microsoft.com

Step 2: Sign in to your Microsoft Account associated with your Xbox

Step 3: Enter your 25-character code

Step 4: Click Next and go through the prompts to finish and redeem the product to your account


On Console

Step 1: Press the Xbox button in the center of your controller

Step 2: Select the Store menu

Step 3: Expand the Store menu and select the Redeem tab

Step 4: Enter your 25-character code

Step 5: Click Next and go through the prompts to finish and redeem the product to your account

Leave your email address and desired quantity