How to Activate Windows 10 Without Key

How to activate Windows 10 without key

Microsoft has made it possible for anybody to download and install Windows 10 for free, even without a product key. It will continue to work with a few small deviations. Microsoft employed Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) in Windows XP to prevent you from accessing your PC. These days, Windows only nags you in a few tiny, obnoxious ways. You may be able to upgrade to a licensed version of Windows 10 for a price after you install it. In this post, we’ll show you how to permanently activate Windows 10 for free with its Digital License. So, continue reading to activate Windows 10 without key.

How to activate Windows 10 without key

How to Activate Windows 10 Without Product Key or License

You won’t be able to activate Windows 10 if you install it without a key. However, there aren’t many restrictions with an inactivated version of Windows 10. You won’t notice a change at first.

Limitations of Inactivated Version of Windows

Windows will eventually start bothering you a little as follows:

  • A watermark will appear in the bottom-right area of your screen. You’ll also get a message telling you to Activate Windows.
  • At the bottom of the Settings app, the same option will be seen stating Activate Windows.

Activate Windows 10

Thankfully, there would be no annoying pop-ups though.

Pro Tip: How to Find Out Windows 10 Edition

Prior to activating Windows 10, you must first determine your Windows 10 edition. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Press the Windows + I keys simultaneously to open Settings.

3. Click on System setting.

Click on System

4. Then, click on About to read about all details pertaining to your Windows 10 device.

Click on About

Option 1: Through Installation Media Tool

1. To begin, you’ll need to obtain a copy of Windows 10. You can get a copy of it directly from the Microsoft website, and you don’t even need a product key.

download Windows 10

2A. Use Windows 10 download program that will assist you in creating a USB stick to install Windows 10.

Must Read: How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Flash Drive

2B. If you’re not using Windows, you may download ISO file straight from the Windows 10 ISO download page.

get windows 10

Must Read: How to Create Windows 10 Installation Media with Media Creation Tool

3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows 10.

4. One of the first displays you’ll encounter will ask for your product key in order to Activate Windows.

5A. You can continue the installation process by clicking the I don’t have a product key option at the bottom of the window.

5B. Later in the process, you may be prompted to input a product key. If so, seek for a similar little link to bypass that page.

6. If you don’t see this option, you can proceed by providing a KMS client setup key.

Note: Unless you’re in a business with a Key Management Service, these keys won’t provide you an active copy of Windows, but they will get you through the Windows installation process.

7. You can install either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro as per your needs.

get windows 10 home edition

Note: Keep in mind that upgrading to Windows 10 Home is cheaper than upgrading to the Pro version later.

Also Read: How to Repair Install Windows 10 Easily

Option 2: Through Command Prompt

Additionally, you can activate Windows by running certain commands as explained below:

1. In the Windows search field, type Command Prompt, choose Run as administrator.

open Command Prompt as administrator

2. Type the slmgr.vbs /upk command and press the Enter key.

slmgr.vbs upk command in command prompt or cmd

3. To install the product key, run the command below.

slmgr /ipk NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-XXXXX

slmgr ipk command in Command prompt or cmd

4. Continue to input the command to set the machine name to zh.us.to.

slmgr /skms zh.us.to

slmgr skms zh.us.to command in command prompt or cmd

5. Type slmgr /ato to activate Windows 10.

slmgr ato command in command prompt or cmd to activate windows 10

How to Activate Windows 10 with Product Key

Similarly, you can activate Windows using Command Prompt with the help of Product key as follows:

1. Launch Command Prompt as administrator.

2. Type the following commands and press the Enter key after each command.

slmgr /ipk VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-XXXXX
slmgr /skms kms.xspace.in
slmgr /ato

slmgr skms kms.xspace.in command in command prompt or cmd

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We hope you found this information helpful and that you were able to install Windows 10 with and without product key or digital license. If you have any queries or suggestions, drop them in the comments section below.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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