[Full Guide] How to Activate Windows 11 For Free

[Full Guide] How to Activate Windows 11 For Free

/ Cris Mamon

Should You Upgrade to Windows 11

should i upgrade to windows 11

Each individual’s decision to upgrade to Windows 11 will depend on their specific requirements and preferences. However, some general considerations could aid in the decision-making process.

One of the main factors to consider is the compatibility of your existing computer with Windows 11. If your computer is incompatible, upgrading is not an option. Even if your computer is compatible, there is a possibility that some of your current programs and files may not function properly with the new operating system. It is, therefore, prudent to back up your data before upgrading.

Another crucial consideration is that Windows 11 differs significantly from its predecessors, with a new interface and many new features. It may take some time to become accustomed to it, so if you are adverse to change, you may prefer to continue using your current version of Windows.

What’s in Windows 11

Windows 11 has undergone a revamp, with a modernized design sporting soft colors, round edges, and a novel startup sound that lends it a Mac-like appearance. The Windows Start menu has been relocated from the lower left to the middle, with the icons of applications neatly positioned next to it.

You’ll find many fresh desktop tools, such as widgets that provide convenient information at a glance and the effortless creation of virtual desktops. Android apps will be integrated into Windows and accessible via the Microsoft Store app, though this feature won’t be available immediately.

Windows 11 Isn’t Activated

activate windows message

If you have conducted a compatibility check for Windows 11 on your PC and the result shows that it is compatible, you can install the operating system. Once the Windows 11 setup is complete, a message may appear on your desktop screen, prompting you to activate Windows by going to Settings.

To remove the annoying watermark and access personalization settings such as setting the desktop background, and PC colors, customizing the lock screen, taskbar, start, and more, it is essential to activate Windows 11 immediately. To activate Windows 11 Pro or any other edition, follow the methods below.

Top Reasons Why Your Windows 11 Shows Non-genuine

There are various reasons why your PC may display a non-genuine copy message for Windows 11:

  • The installation of counterfeit Windows on your device by someone.
  • Hardware changes, such as motherboard replacement.
  • Failure to use the correct product key or license after recent device repairs.
  • Lack of connection to the company network for work devices.
  • Use of a non-genuine product key for Windows 11 activation.
  • Use an untrustworthy and non-genuine Windows 11 product key from an online site.

How to Activate Windows 11 Without a Product Key?

A product key is essential for upgrading to a new operating system, but individuals using duplicate OS versions often lack a product key. Nevertheless, some methods enable you to activate Windows 11 without a product key. Here are some techniques for activating Windows 11 without a product key.

Activate Windows 11 Using Command Prompt

Activating Windows 11 via Command Prompt is a straightforward, simple process to understand and execute. Additionally, it is a legitimate means of activating Windows for free, as Microsoft provides KMS keys. You can choose the appropriate Windows edition using the KMS client key, which matches your system’s activation key. Therefore, please follow the guidelines outlined below.

1. Go to the Start Menu

2. Type cmd in the search bar

3. Run Command Prompt as an administrator

run as admin cmd

3. In the command prompt window, type in the following command and hit Enter:

Note: In the below command slmgr/ipk kmsclientkey, replace the kmsclientkey with your Windows 11 key.

slmgr/ipk kmsclientkey

slmgr ipk cmd command

Here are some tested and fully functioning Windows 11 license keys:

Home: TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99


Home Single Language: 7HNRX-D7KGG-3K4RQ-4WPJ4-YTDFH

Home Country Specific: PVMJN-6DFY6-9CCP6-7BKTT-D3WVR

Professional: W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX

Professional N: MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9

Education: NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2

Education N: 2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ

Enterprise: NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43

Enterprise N: DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4

4. Type in the following command: slmgr /skms s9.us.to. This will connect you to the KMS server.

slmgr ato cmd command

5. To activate your Windows 11, type in the following command: slmgr /ato.

slmgr ato

6. Afterward, a message stating the Installed product key will appear successfully.

Activating your Windows for free is possible with this command. However, if this method is too complex or time-consuming, you can explore the next method.

Activate Windows 11 Using a Batch File

While we have confirmed the validity of the batch script, Microsoft does not endorse the use of batch scripts for Windows 11 activation. Therefore, use this method at your discretion.

1. Right-click on your Desktop

2. Select New > Text Document.

new text document

3. Copy the entire code below into the text document:

@echo off title Activate Windows 11 (ALL versions) for FREE &cls&echo =====================================================================================&echo #Project: Activating Microsoft software products for FREE without additional software&echo =====================================================================================&echo.&echo #Supported products:&echo – Windows 11 Home&echo – Windows 11 Professional&echo – Windows 11 Education&echo – Windows 11 Enterprise&echo.&echo.&echo ============================================================================&echo Activating your Windows…&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ckms >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /upk >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /cpky >nul&set i=1&wmic os | findstr /I “enterprise” >nul if %errorlevel% EQU 0 (cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk YYVX9-NTFWV-6MDM3-9PT4T-4M68B >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 44RPN-FTY23-9VTTB-MP9BX-T84FV >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk WNMTR-4C88C-JK8YV-HQ7T2-76DF9 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 2F77B-TNFGY-69QQF-B8YKP-D69TJ >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk DCPHK-NFMTC-H88MJ-PFHPY-QJ4BJ >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk QFFDN-GRT3P-VKWWX-X7T3R-8B639 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk M7XTQ-FN8P6-TTKYV-9D4CC-J462D >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 92NFX-8DJQP-P6BBQ-THF9C-7CG2H >nul&goto skms) else wmic os | findstr /I “home” >nul if %errorlevel% EQU 0 (cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 3KHY7-WNT83-DGQKR-F7HPR-844BM >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 7HNRX-D7KGG-3K4RQ-4WPJ4-YTDFH >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk PVMJN-6DFY6-9CCP6-7BKTT-D3WVR >nul&goto skms) else wmic os | findstr /I “education” >nul if %errorlevel% EQU 0 (cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ >nul&goto skms) else wmic os | findstr /I “11 pro” >nul if %errorlevel% EQU 0 (cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk NRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 9FNHH-K3HBT-3W4TD-6383H-6XYWF >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 6TP4R-GNPTD-KYYHQ-7B7DP-J447Y >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk YVWGF-BXNMC-HTQYQ-CPQ99-66QFC >nul&goto skms) else (goto notsupported) :skms if %i% GTR 10 goto busy if %i% EQU 1 set KMS=kms7.MSGuides.com if %i% EQU 2 set KMS=s8.now.im if %i% EQU 3 set KMS=s9.now.im if %i% GTR 3 goto ato cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /skms %KMS%:1688 >nul :ato echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo.&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ato | find /i “successfully” && (echo.&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo #My official blog: devsjournal.com&echo.&echo #How it works: bit.ly/kms-server&echo.&echo #Please feel free to contact me at msguides.com@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.&echo.&echo #Please consider supporting this project: donate.msguides.com&echo #Your support is helping me keep my servers running 24/7!&echo.&echo ============================================================================&choice /n /c YN /m “Would you like to visit my blog [Y,N]?” & if errorlevel 2 exit) || (echo The connection to my KMS server failed! Trying to connect to another one… & echo Please wait… & echo. & echo. & set /a i+=1 & goto skms) explorer “http://MSGuides.com”&goto halt :notsupported echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo Sorry, your version is not supported.&echo.&goto halt :busy echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo Sorry, the server is busy and can’t respond to your request. Please try again.&echo. :halt pause >nul

4. Once you copy the code, right-click on File at the top left of your text document.

5. Click on Save As.

save as option in notepad

6. Select Desktop as the file destination and name the file Windows11activation.bat.

7. Click Save and close the text document

save windows 11 activation as batch file

8. Go to Desktop > right-click on the Windows 11 activation.bat file

9. Run as Administrator

run batch file as administrator

10. The file will now activate your Windows 11

11. After a minute, your Product will be activated successfully.

How to Check if Windows 11 Is Activated?

To ensure that your Windows 11 PC is activated for free, it’s important to verify whether it’s already activated. In many cases, the product key isn’t required since Windows usually obtains it from the registry or physical media to confirm that it’s legitimately licensed.

As explained below, several methods are used to check your PC’s activation status.

Check Using Windows Settings App

1. Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard and typing Settings. Then, click on Open.

search settings option

2. Scroll down to System and click on Activation.

system activation state

3. the Activation status will be displayed as Not Active if your PC is inactive.

Check Using Command Prompt

1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard.

2. Type Command Prompt and click on the option to open it as an administrator.

search command prompt windows 11

3. If prompted, click Yes to allow the app to change your device.

4. Type the following command: slmgr /dli

slmgr dli

5. Press Enter to execute the command.

When the Windows Script Host prompt shows an ‘Error: product key not found’ message, it indicates that the Windows 11 PC is not associated with any product key.

Activate Window Using Activator

We use and recommend a reliable activator that works most of the time, as many activators are available on the internet that may contain viruses or not work properly, and some may even break your Windows.

How to Activate Windows 11 using KMSpico

KMSpico is a popular activator tool for Windows created by the reputable Team Daz and is known to be free from malware and trojans, as confirmed by Virus Total. It can activate any edition of Windows, 32-bit, and 64-bit, without an internet connection. The tool is lightweight and can be disabled after activation, but the activation will remain until a new version of Windows is installed. KMSpico also supports Microsoft Office up to version 2007. To learn more about the tool and activate Windows 11, follow the link to the KMSpico Activator.

Activate Windows 11 Using Microsoft Toolkit

Microsoft Toolkit is a free tool developed by anonymous developers that can activate Windows 11 without a product key, similar to the KMSPico activator. It offers two activation methods: the online AutoKMS and offline EZ Activation methods.

EZ Activator was the previous name of the toolkit and required an internet connection to work, while AutoKMS is the offline method. KMS is Microsoft’s technology that connects machines to a Windows server for activation. Despite being flagged by some antivirus software as a virus, Microsoft Toolkit is safe to use and can be used to activate Windows without any issues.

How to Activate Windows 11 With a Product Key?

As previously mentioned, Windows 11 is free for users with a digital license copy of Windows 11. Therefore, if your Windows 10 is already activated, there is no need to be concerned about activating Windows 11. However, if your Windows 10 is not yet activated, you must activate it before upgrading to Windows 11.

Activation validates the authenticity of your Windows version. It ensures that it has not been utilized on more devices than permitted under the Microsoft Software License Terms.

1. Right-click on the Start Menu and select Settings.

2. Go to System.

3. Click on Activation.

4. Click on Change Product Key.

5. In the Enter Product Key window, insert the valid product key of your Windows OS version (Windows 10/8/7). 

enter windows 11 product key

6. Click Next and select the option which reads Activate.

active windows 11 status

7. Your Windows 11 is now Activated.

Windows 11 Activation Troubleshooting Tips

If Windows 11 is not activated after upgrading from an activated Windows 10 copy, there are several solutions available:

Firstly, ensure that your computer is connected to the internet. If the activation issue persists, wait for some time.

If you possess a license key, click the Change button next to the Change product key option (Settings > System > Activation) and enter the license key.

Thirdly, if your Windows 10 license was linked to your Microsoft account, sign in to Windows 11 with the same Microsoft account to restore the license.

Finally, if all else fails, revert to Windows 10. However, note that you only have ten days to switch back to Windows 10 after upgrading to Windows 11. After the initial ten-day period, a clean install of windows will be necessary, so it is advised to act quickly.

Unlock the Full Potential of Windows 11 for Free

Activating Windows 11 for free is possible with this detailed guide. Save your money and enjoy the full functionality and features of Windows 11 without any restrictions. Follow the steps and unleash the potential of your operating system today.

Can I Activate Windows 11 Later?

It is possible to activate Windows 11 after the initial installation process, within a grace period typically lasting 30 days. Most operating system features and functionality can be used during this time, although some features may be limited or unavailable.

Is It Illegal to Use Unactivated Windows?

Using unactivated Windows is not against the law, but it has limitations on features and functionality. For instance, you may be unable to personalize your settings, utilize security features, receive automatic updates, or access a remote desktop.

Does Activating Windows Delete Everything?

Activating Windows does not delete any files or data from your device. Rather, the activation process verifies that you are running a genuine and appropriately licensed version of the operating system and subsequently unlocks all of the features and functionalities of Windows.

Cris Mamon
Meet the author

Chris has been writing professionally since the early 2000s. He has written articles for newspapers and magazines, books on Windows software development, and technical documentation on Microsoft products. He also has a passion for helping people get started with technology.