How to activate Windows 10. Following my guide's instructions on how to install windows 10, recently installed the latest operating system from Microsoft on your PC. You did it very well. However, if you are here now and reading this guide, chances are you are having some trouble understanding how to perform the operating system activation procedure. I can explain to you, step by step, everything you need to do in order to activar Windows 10.

How to activate Windows 10 step by step

Product key

Before explaining what steps need to be taken to activate Windows 10, it is good to clarify something immediately. To perform this operation it is essential to have a product key of the System.

To get a Windows 10 product key to use on your PC, you must make a purchase of a copy of the operating system, which you can find directly in the official Microsoft store, in online stores such as Amazon and in physical electronics stores.

You can also activate Windows 10 with the serial number used for any genuine copy of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 in your possession if you have proceeded to free update or, if you use technology support and has requested an update to the new operating system, connecting to the corresponding web page attached to the site of Internet from Microsoft.

Activate Windows 10 after purchasing the operating system

If you intend to activate Windows 10 after you have purchased a copy of the operating system, the procedure to be performed differs slightly depending on whether or not you have provided the product key for the operating system during the installation of the operating system.

In any case, don't worry, in both cases the operations you need to perform are very simple.

If you already entered the product key during the operating system installation and now you want to activate Windows 10, all you have to do is connect to the Internet from the PC you are working from and make sure that the connection is really up and running. In fact, if you are connected to the Internet, Windows 10 will activate automatically.

If you prefer, you can still verify that the activation procedure for the copy of Windows 10 in your possession has been successful. To do this, press the button Home and click on the item adjustments attached to the menu shown.

Then click on Update and security and then select the item activation from the menu located on the left side of the window that is displayed on the screen.

If you see the phrase Windows is active do absolutely nothing. The procedure to activate Windows 10 has already been carried out during the installation of the operating system and has been successful.

If instead at the entrance activation appears Connect to the Internet to activate Windows, means that during the installation procedure you were not connected to the Internet or that you are not currently connected to a network and therefore it was not yet possible to activate Windows 10 for this reason. To fix this, connect to an Internet network and wait for the item in question to be automatically modified Windows is active.

If you have not yet entered the product key of the copy of the operating system in your possession and you want to activate Windows 10, press the Start button and click the adjustments attached to the menu shown.

Then click on Update and security and select activation from the menu located on the left side of the window that is displayed on the screen.

Now click the button Change product key placed on the right side of the window, enter the product key in your possession by completing the field below the article Product key and awaits your validation.

If an entry appears stating that the product key you entered does not work, try write the serial number again, most likely there is some typing error preventing you from activating Windows 10.

If the activation procedure for the copy of Windows 10 in your possession does not start automatically, once the Internet connection has been established, you can press the item allow to try to activate the operating system manually.

Please note that the activation servers can sometimes be busy. In this case, it may be necessary to wait a few moments and try again.

In all cases, keep in mind that if you don't have an internet connection, you can activate Windows 10 over the phone. To do this, you just need to press on Activate by phone present in activation from the section Update and security and follow the instructions visible on the screen.

Activate Windows 10 after updating the operating system

If you were in possession of a PC with a copy of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 installed and you have already updated to the new operating system that you have nothing to worry about, the procedure to activate Windows 10 was carried out completely automatically.

However, if you want to verify that everything went well, press the button Home and then click on the item adjustments attached to the menu shown.

Click on Update and security and select activation from the menu located on the left side of the window that is displayed on the screen.

If you see now Windows is active You may feel satisfied, the procedure to activate Windows 10 has been successful.

But, if it appears: Connect to the Internet to activate Windows  Do not be alarmed, surely during the installation process you were not connected to the Internet or are not currently connected to a network and therefore it was not yet possible to activate Windows 10 precisely for this reason.

To fix this, connect to an internet network and wait for the item in question to be modified automatically Windows is active.

In the event that the activation procedure of the copy of Windows 10 in your possession does not start automatically, once the Internet connection has been established, you can press on  allow to try to activate the operating system manually.

Please note that the activation servers can sometimes be busy. In this case, it may be necessary to wait a few moments and try again.

If, on the other hand, you have performed a "clean" installation of Windows 10 after to update With your copy of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 previously in your possession, you can activate Windows 10 by providing, when explicitly requested, the product key associated with the "old" Windows license during the new operating system installation procedure.

If, on the other hand, you haven't entered the Windows 10 product key during the installation procedure, don't worry, you can still activate your copy of Windows.

To do this, press the button comienzo and click adjustments attached to the menu shown. Click on Update and security and select activation from the menu located on the left side of the window that is displayed on the screen.

Now locate the appropriate entry in the right part of the window that allows you to provide a Windows 10 product key and proceed to the activation of the copy and click on it.

In the window that will appear at this time, write the product key in your possession by completing the field under Product key and awaits your validation. If an entry appears stating that the entered product key does not work, try typing the serial number again, most likely there is some typing error preventing you from activating Windows 10.

After writing and validating the product key to activate Windows 10, corresponding to the item activation in the section of activation de Update and security the article will be shown Windows is active.

In all cases, note that if you don't have an Internet connection at your disposal, you can activate Windows 10 over the phone. To do this, you just need to press the element Activate by phone present in activation from the section Update and security and follow the instructions visible on the screen.

Common Mistakes

When trying to activate Windows 10 as seen in the previous lines, the system could return errors. Below are the most common ones and what you can do to fix it.

  • Error 0x803F7001 - This is an error indicating that a valid Windows PC license was not found. To resolve it, simply enter the correct product key for the copy of the system in use.

 

  • Error 0x8004005 - This is an error that is generally displayed when the automatic procedure fails. To solve, just proceed with manual activation.

 

  • Error 0xC004FC03 - This is an error that indicates that the PC may not be connected to the Internet or that the program of security (antivirus, firewall) can block access. To resolve this, make sure the actual availability of the network connection and / or try to temporarily disable the protections.

 

  • Error 0x8007232b - This is an error similar to the previous one. To solve it, check the internet connection and then try to activate the system again.

 

  • Error 0xC004F061 - This is an error that only appears if you try to activate Windows 10 with a copy of the operating system before November 2015 and indicates that the license in use cannot be used with a clean installation but only through an update. To solve it you need to get a picture ISO 10 newer and reinstall the system.

 

  • Errors 0xC004C008 and 0xC004C020 - This is an error that indicates that the license used has exceeded the activation limit. To resolve it, you must obtain a new product key.

 

  • Error 0xC004C003 - This is an error indicating that the license is invalid. To solve it, you need to get a new product key.

 

  • Error 0x80072F8F - This is an error stating that the date and time of the PC you are trying to update are incorrect. To solve it, you only need to correct the date and time of the PC.

 

  • Activation failed - In this case, the servers could be clogged. In general, just wait a few minutes and try again.