Activating Windows 10 is an essential step to enjoy all the features of the operating system fully. While there are many ways to activate Windows 10, using CMD (command prompt) is a popular and straightforward method. Activating Windows 10 with CMD not only ensures that your copy of Windows is genuine but also unlocks all the features that come with it.
Moreover, it provides a permanent activation solution, saving you the hassle of activating it repeatedly. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to permanently activate Windows 10 with CMD, enabling you to use it without any restrictions.
Can I activate Windows 10 with CMD without a product key?
No, you can’t activate your Windows 10 without any product key. The only way to activate your Windows 10 without using any product key is to create and use batch files.
Don’t worry, we have added a section on creating and using batch files on Windows 10.
How do I find my Windows 10 product key using CMD?
If you have installed Windows 10 and want to find your product key using CMD, you can follow these simple steps:
- Open the Command Prompt by typing “cmd” in the Windows search bar and selecting “Command Prompt” from the search results.
- Type the following command and press Enter: “wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey”
- After running the command, the product key associated with your Windows 10 installation will be displayed in the Command Prompt.
How do I check if my Windows 10 is activated using CMD?
To check if your Windows 10 is activated using CMD, you can follow these steps:
- Open CMD.
- Type the following command and press Enter:
After running the command, a pop-up window will appear, showing whether your Windows 10 installation is activated or not.
Alternatively, you can check the activation status of your Windows 10 installation by typing the following command in the Command Prompt: “slmgr.vbs /dli”
This command will display the Windows License Manager window, where you can check the activation status of your Windows 10 installation. If your copy of Windows 10 is activated, you will see a message stating that the license is in the “licensed” status. If it’s not activated, the message will state that the license is in the “unlicensed” status.
How do I activate Windows 10 using CMD?
Here is how you are going to activate your Windows 10 by simply using CMD.
Begin the process by opening CMD in the Start menu as Administrator. And then type the “slmgr /ipk” command.
Now you will use the command below on CMD:
slmgr /ipk <Windows 10 license key>
NOTE: make sure to replace “<Windows 10 license key>” with one of the Windows 10 product keys given below. Don’t be hasty and select the correct version according to your Windows OS.
- Home: TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99
- Home N: 3KHY7-WNT83-DGQKR-F7HPR-844BM
- Home Single Language: 7HNRX-D7KGG-3K4RQ-4WPJ4-YTDFH
- Home Country Specific: PVMJN-6DFY6–9CCP6–7BKTT-D3WVR
- Professional: W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
- Professional N: MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
- Education: NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
- Education N: 2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ
- Enterprise: NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
- Enterprise N: DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4
Wait for a few seconds and a prompt will appear on your screen. Here you will click on OK.
Now you will set the key management machine address (KMS). KMS is a client-server model that enables organizations to activate their Windows operating systems in a local network environment.
When Windows 10 is activated using KMS, the activation status is checked periodically against the KMS server, and if the system is found to be still not activated, the activation is renewed automatically. Type the following command to connect your OS to KMS.
slmgr /skms kms.xspace.in
And now you will use the command below to activate your Windows 10.
Use other methods to activate Windows 10
There are several other ways to activate Windows 10 besides using CMD or connecting to a key management machine (KMS) server. Here are some of the most common methods:
Activating with a product key: This is the most straightforward way to activate Windows 10. You can purchase a product key from Microsoft or authorized retailers and use it to activate your copy of Windows 10.
Or if you previously upgraded your computer from a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, your digital license will be automatically activated, and you won’t need to enter a product key.
Activating with Microsoft Toolkit: Microsoft Toolkit is a third-party software tool that can be used to activate various Microsoft products, including Windows and Office. It is free, open-source software that is designed to provide a convenient and reliable way to activate Microsoft products without having to purchase a valid license key.
Activating with KMSpico: KMSpico is a popular third-party tool that is designed to activate Windows and Office products. It is a free, open-source software that uses Key Management Service (KMS) technology to activate Microsoft products. KMSpico offers several features, including automatic activation, support for various Windows and Office versions, and the ability to remove watermarks and activation notifications.
It also includes a backup function that allows you to restore your system to its previous state if something goes wrong during the activation process.
Use Batch File: A batch file can be used to activate Windows 10 using the Command Prompt (CMD) command “slmgr.vbs /ato”. Using a batch file can be a convenient way to automate the activation process and save time, especially if you need to activate Windows 10 on multiple computers. We have shown the entire process to create a batch file here.
What is the difference between activating Windows 10 with CMD and using the activation key?
Activating Windows 10 with CMD and using the activation key are two different methods of activating the operating system, and there are some key differences between them.
Activating with CMD involves using the Command Prompt to enter a specific command to activate the operating system. This method is typically used when the user does not have a valid activation key or is unable to activate Windows using other methods. This method is not illegal, but it is important to ensure that you have a valid license for Windows 10 before using this method.
On the other hand, activating Windows 10 using an activation key involves entering a valid product key that is associated with a licensed copy of Windows 10. This method is typically used when you purchase a new computer or a new copy of Windows 10, and it requires you to enter the product key during the installation process or after the installation is complete. This method is legal and ensures that you have a valid license for Windows 10.
Can I activate Windows 10 permanently using CMD?
Yes, it is possible to activate Windows 10 permanently using CMD. However, the method involves using an activation key that is valid and not used on any other device. Activating Windows 10 using CMD is not illegal, but it is important to ensure that you have a valid license for Windows 10 before using this method.
Additionally, it is important to note that activating Windows 10 using third-party tools or unauthorized methods can potentially harm your computer or compromise your privacy. Therefore, it is recommended to use only legitimate methods to activate Microsoft products to avoid potential issues or risks.
What do I do if the Windows 10 activation fails with CMD?
If the Windows 10 activation fails with CMD, there are several things you can try to resolve the issue:
- Ensure that the product key you entered is correct and matches the version of Windows 10 installed on your computer.
- Ensure that you have a stable internet connection, as the activation process requires an active internet connection.
- Try running the Command Prompt as an administrator to ensure that you have the necessary permissions to activate Windows.
- Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve activation issues.
- If CMD activation fails, you can try activating Windows 10 using an activation key or other legitimate activation methods.
Is it legal to activate Windows 10 using CMD?
Yes, using CMD to activate Windows 10 is legal if you have a valid license for the operating system.
What is the command to activate Windows 10?
The command to activate Windows 10 using CMD is “slmgr /ipk <product key>” followed by “slmgr /ato” to initiate the activation process.
What if my Windows 10 is not activated?
When your Windows 10 operating system is not activated, you may experience certain limitations and restrictions. One of the most noticeable restrictions is a watermark that appears on your desktop that says “Activate Windows” or “Windows isn’t activated“. This watermark is displayed in the bottom right corner of your screen, and it cannot be removed until you activate Windows.
Another limitation is the inability to access certain features and personalization options. For example, you may not be able to change the desktop background, theme, or screen saver settings. You may also not be able to customize the colors, fonts, or other display settings of your desktop.
In addition, Windows 10 may periodically remind you to activate the operating system. This can be done through pop-up notifications or dialog boxes that appear on your screen.
However, despite these limitations, you will still be able to use the basic functionality of Windows 10. This includes browsing the internet, using basic applications, and accessing files and folders.
It is important to activate Windows 10 to remove these limitations and access all of the features available in the operating system. Activating Windows 10 ensures that you have a genuine copy of the operating system and can access all of the security and performance updates provided by Microsoft.