10.1 Check Windows 10 is Activated
Windows 10 has been made available as a Free upgrade for
users' of Windows 7, 8 & 8.1 provided that those users have a
valid Windows product key and license. This upgrade is available for 12
months after the release of Windows 10 on the 29 July 2015.
As this is a free upgrade, Microsoft have not provided
product key numbers to users' who have upgraded from Windows
7, 8 & 8.1. Instead Microsoft rely upon information gained
from a users' machine to activate that copy of Windows 10.
The upshot of this new way of activating is that, should
you re-install Windows 10 (and you can do a clean install
rather than upgrade again from a qualifying Windows platform
provided you have first upgraded to Windows 10 and that copy
has been activated.)
Windows 10 will send details of your machine to Microsoft.
In return Microsoft will check their database to see if your
machine has had its detail recorded in the Microsoft
activation database. If it has then your copy of Windows
will automatically be activated.
There is, as usual, a caveat to this process. You must
install the copy of Windows on the same machine and, if you
make major hardware changes to the machine, you will, of
course, be required to contact the activation centre to
obtain activation. This only applies to those machine that
have been upgraded from Windows 7, 8 & 8.1. If you purchased
a retail copy of Windows 10 then that will come with its own
product key which you would insert upon installing the
operating system onto your computer.
As the activation process is automatic you should check
as soon as you have upgraded that your copy has been
activated. You cannot do a clean install on the same
computer unless it has previously been upgraded to Windows
10 and has subsequently been activate.
To check that your copy of Windows 10 has been activated,
proceed as follows:
- Click on the Start Button.
- From the Start Menu, select Settings.
Fig: 10.1.1 Click settings on the Start
- When the Settings Window opens, click on the
and Security option.
Fig: 10.1.2 Click the Update & security
- In the Updates & security settings window, click
on the Activation option in the left hand pane.
Fig: 10.1.3 To check for updates, click
the Check for Updates button
- In the Activation window you should
see next to the
Activation legend: Windows is activated.
Fig: 10.1.4 You should see the legend Windows is Activated next to the Activation tag
- If the screen tells you that Windows is not Activated
and you know that you have a genuine copy then wait a
little while and then try the above procedure again. It
maybe that the activation server is busy at the time you
first checked for activation.
- If you do not own a legitimate version of Windows
and you get the 'Windows is not activated' message you
will need to buy a product key via the Windows Store