If you’ve installed a leaked build of Windows 11 OS or downloaded the original copy from Microsoft’s website, you can install it on your PC without entering the product key. However, you will need to activate the copy of Windows 11 later. If you’re using an original copy of Windows 10, you can use the same product key to activate Windows 11 as Microsoft is offering a free upgrade from Windows 10 to 11.
Without activating the copy of Windows 11, you will not be able to make the adjustments like changing the background image, theme and more. These functions are limited to users of the non-activated operating system. An active internet connection is required to activate your copy of Windows 11.
In this Gearupwindows article, we’re walking you through activating Windows 11.
How do I activate a copy of Windows 11 for free?
Step 1. Download and install a fresh copy of Windows 11.
Step 2. Log into your PC and open that the settings App by pressing the
Step 3. In the Settings app, click the
Step 4. In the next window that appears if your Windows is activated (if you upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11), you will see active next to Activation status. If the Windows 11 operating system is not active, click the
Step 5. A pop-up window will appear for you to enter the product key. Enter the Windows 10 key here. If you have purchased the Windows 11 Product Key separately, you can also apply for it here.
Step 6. After entering the correct 25-digit product key, click Next Button. Your entered key will now be transferred from the Microsoft Activation Server and Windows 11 will be activated permanently.
That’s it. After successful activation you should receive the message “Your copy of Windows has been activated successfully”. You can now access all of the features of Windows 11 on your computer.
Here’s how to quickly check Windows 11/10 activation
To quickly check the activation status of Windows 11, you need to follow the steps below:
Step 1. Open the command prompt.
Step 2. At the command prompt, type the following and press Enter from the keyboard: –
A pop-up window will open showing the status of the Windows 11/10 activation, if it is activated permanently or if it will expire in a few days.