How to activate Windows 10, all methods and alternatives

How to activate Windows 10, all methods and alternatives. Many of you who buy a new desktop or laptop with Windows pre-installed receive an “unwelcome surprise” when the operating system starts showing you annoying messages informing you that you need to activate your copy of Windows to use all the functions.

Something similar happens with desktop computers when some hardware components such as hard disk, CPU (microprocessor), memory or others are replaced or modified. Thus, logically, even those who install a pirated copy of the operating system need to activate Windows 10.

What is Windows Activation?

Windows activation is a mechanism created by Microsoft to ensure that a sold copy of Windows cannot be used on another computer other than the one for which it was licensed. Microsoft doesn’t sell the software; it licenses it.

On a new computer with Windows pre-installed when connecting to the Internet for the first time, the license and the computer on which it is installed are automatically checked. If we install Windows by ourselves, we will have to activate it.

Also, when you reinstall Windows 10, either you do it on another computer (it is only allowed if the previous copy is deleted) or make hardware changes as mentioned above. In all cases, the activation must be made before 30 days; until then, no changes can be made to the personalization settings. We constantly receive messages to carry out this activation.

How to activate a copy of Windows?

There are several ways to activate Windows. It can be done automatically by connecting to the Internet, enter the Windows 10 serial, by phone, and when no other options are using the activation tools.

Automatically activate Windows online from Microsoft.

Although in new equipment the activation is done automatically when the equipment is connected to the Internet for the first time, in case this is not the case, we can do it manually as follows:

✓ Internet connection.
✓ On the main screen, type System.

You can also right-click the My Computer or This Computer icon and select “Properties” from the menu. At the bottom of the window, you can see the activation status.

Activate Windows 10 online with your product key

To activate Windows after installing or reinstalling the operating system manually, in the manner recommended by Microsoft, you must have the Windows 10 serial (PRODUCT KEY) or request it if the copy is not pirated.

It has the following format- XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

Proceed as follows:

✓ Press Windows + C keys, select Settings in the sidebar, then Change PC settings and Activate Windows.
✓ Click on “Write password.”

We can do this more easily by typing in the start screen or the Run command- “slui 3”.

Activate Windows 10 by phone

For those who do not have access to the Internet, Microsoft provides activation service by telephone.

Do the following:

✓ Write on the home screen or in the Run command- “slui 4” and press the Enter key ✓ Select your country.
✓ Call one of the available phone numbers from the list.
✓ Provide the installation ID and write the confirmation ID.

Other alternatives to activating Windows

There are other alternatives to activating Windows.  These are so-called activation tools, which allow you to activate Windows without going through Microsoft.

They are programs or applications that allow you to activate legal copies when it becomes impossible to activate them by other methods when installing a copy of Windows on another computer and to activate pirated copies of Windows.

They are downloaded from the Internet and installed offline.  In the United States and other countries, these programs are considered illegal, and anyone using them can be condemned by law. The most popular and known of them is KMSPico.

Activate a copy of Windows or Office with KMSPico

KMSPico is a tool that allows you to activate any version of Windows, Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.  It also activates Microsoft Office programs. Once installed, it creates a service called AutoPico that runs every time the system is started and “tricks” Windows into believing it is activated.

KMSPico, when you download it from the Internet and unzip it to install, it is identified as a virus by antivirus programs. This is a false warning, the program does not contain malicious code, but Microsoft blacklisted it for obvious reasons.

Those who do not trust it can analyze it with an antivirus. When you download it, you need to add an exception to the antivirus. For example, in Windows 10, you need to open “Windows Defender Security Center,” and in “Antivirus settings,” use the link “Add exclusions.” Then, browse for the application installation folder and the location of the SECOH-QAD.exe file.

Where to download KMSpico

KMSpico can be found on several internet sites, but it is recommended to download its latest version only from the developer’s website at- If the article was helpful, please share.

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