When installing Windows 11, the digital license associates itself with your device’s hardware.
Linking yourÂ Microsoft accountÂ with your digital license will allow automatic activation once your PC is connected to the internet and you sign in to Windows 11 with your Microsoft account as an administrator.
If you make significant hardware changes on your device, such as replacing your motherboard, Windows will no longer find a license that matches your device, and youâ€™ll need to reactivate Windows to get it up and running. To activate Windows, you’ll need either aÂ digital licenseÂ or aÂ product key. Linking yourÂ Microsoft accountÂ with your digital license enables you to reactivate Windows using theÂ Activation troubleshooterÂ whenever you make a significant hardware change.
This tutorial will show you how to link your Microsoft account to your Windows 11 digital license.
This tutorial will show you how to check and find out if your Windows 11 is activated.
Generic keys (aka: “default keys”) for Windows 11 from Microsoft will allow you to install or upgrade to a specific Windows 11Â editionÂ you want, butÂ will not activateÂ it.
Using a generic key can be helpful if you wanted to install or upgrade to a specific Windows 11 edition for evaluation or testing on a PC or virtual machine, or just don’t have a digital license or your genuine product key currently available and you will activate later when able.
This tutorial will provide you with a list of RTM (retail) and KMSÂ generic keysÂ (default keys) for all editions ofÂ Windows 11.
Windows 10 in S mode is designed for security and performance, exclusively running apps from the Microsoft Store. If you want to install an app that isn’t available in the Microsoft Store, you’ll need to switch out of S mode. There’s no charge to switch out of S mode.
Switching out of S mode is one-way. If you make the switch, you won’t be able to go back to Windows 10 in S mode.
This tutorial will show you how to switch out of Windows 10 in S mode to the current Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, or Windows 10 Education edition for free.
When it comes to purchasing licenses for Windows there are a number of different channels that you can purchase through. The most common license types are Retail (FPP (Full Packaged Product)), OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), and Volume Licensing. Each Windows license type confers rights and imposes restrictions based on the Microsoft Software License Terms.
This tutorial will show you how to determine if your Windows is activated with a Retail, OEM, or Volume channel license type.
When you install and activate a retail copy of Windows, the product key is stored in the registry. This can be helpful to be able to use a program like ShowKeyPlus to view your installed product key if lost.
However, having your installed product key in the registry could leave it vulnerable to being stolen from disclosure attacks by malicious software. Clearing the product key from the registry will prevent this, but you will need to make sure to keep a copy of your product key written down and kept in a secure location.
This tutorial will show you how to permanently clear the product key from the registry to prevent it from being stolen in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
Activation helps verify that your copy of Windows is genuine and hasnâ€™t been used on more devices than the Microsoft Software License Terms allow.
Uninstalling a retail product key on a PC can be useful if you wanted to sell or give the PC away with Windows 10 still installed by not activated, or if you just wanted to use the product key to activate Windows 10 on another PC.
This tutorial will show you how to uninstall the product key on a PC to deactivate Windows 10.