Activation/Installation Guides

Before You Start

If you are upgrading from Windows 10, we recommend that you wait until you are notified through Windows Update that the upgrade is ready for your PC. If your computer is already activated with a valid Windows 10 license, the upgrade to Windows 11 will be free and there will be no need to purchase a Windows 11 key unless you wish to upgrade your edition to Pro or Pro for Workstations.

Before installing, 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

    Download the software installer by clicking "Download Preview" under the Professional column here: https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/downloads/

  2. Run The Installer

    Run the downloaded installer titled "vs_Professional" and go through the onscreen install process where you can decide which workloads, components and language packs to install as well as the install location on your PC.

  3. Launch The Software

    Once the software has installed just click "Launch" next to the installed Visual Studio Professional 2019 package and you will be greeted with the below window, for now click "Continue without code".

  4. Register Product

    On the next window, click the "Help" dropdown menu and then click "Register Product".

  5. Register The Product Key

    On this window click "Unlock with a product key", click this and enter the product key provided by us. It will then display a message saying "License: Product key applied" - Your software is now fully activated and ready to use.

How to activate your Office key and install the suite onto your PC.

  1. Activating Office

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

  2. Enter Your Key

    Enter your 25 character CD key, click next.

  3. Activate Office

    If the product shown is correct, select Confirm to finish the redemption process. There are no refunds past this point as the product is permanently tied to your Microsoft account.

  4. Download Office

    Click the Install link presented or go to the Services & subscriptions page and sign in using your Microsoft account if you're not signed in already. This is where you can manage all of the products linked to your Microsoft account, if you need to re-install a program in the future you can do so again from this page.

  5. Install Link

    Click the Install link next to a product.

  6. Customize The Install

    Select the options you want with the "Other options" link (such as 64-bit and language), and then click Install. This will download the setup file to your computer.

  7. Installation

    Notice: If your computer came with Office 365 pre-installed, or if you had Office 365 installed from a previous subscription, please un-install it from your system first otherwise it overrides this installation and says you subscription has expired.
    Run the setup file downloaded to your computer to install the Office applications.

  8. 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. Select Close.
    Follow the instructions in the window to find your Office apps. For example depending on your version of Windows, select Start and then scroll to find the app you want to open such as Excel or Word, or type the name of the app in the search box.

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.

    Notice: 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 line into the Powershell window and hit enter: .\MediaCreationTool20H2.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 following 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

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


How to activate Windows 10 with a Windows 10 product key.

  1. Update Windows

    Navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
    Click the "Check for updates" button.
    If there is an update available, please complete it before continuing.
    If it says "You're up to date" please 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.
    Activation Error: If you receive an activation error please 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.

How to activate your Office key and install the suite onto your PC.

  1. Activating Office

    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. Activate Office

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

  4. Installation

    Notice: If your computer came with Office 365 pre-installed, or if you had Office 365 installed from a previous subscription, please un-install it from your system first otherwise it overrides this installation and says you subscription has expired.
    Run the setup file downloaded to your computer to install the Office applications.

  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. Select Close.
    Follow the instructions in the window to find your Office apps. For example depending on your version of Windows, select Start and then scroll to find the app you want to open such as Excel or Word, or type the name of the app in the search box.

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

Step 3: Enter your 25-character code

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

Leave your email address and desired quantity: