How to solve the confusion around if Windows 10 is installed or upgraded.–PC Pitstop.
Is Windows 10 Activated
By Vamsi Krishna for MakeTechEasier
Windows 10 has been out for a little over a week now, and a good portion of Windows users have already utilized their free Windows 10 upgrade. As soon as you upgrade your system, Microsoft automatically activates your Windows 10 copy in the background, assuming that you’ve upgraded from genuine Windows 7 or 8 versions.
Since the Windows system doesn’t display any “Successfully Activated” type of messages, there will be a bit of confusion whether the installed or upgraded version of Windows is activated or not. The confusion is particularly true if you’ve reinstalled Windows 10.
So, if you ever need to, here is how you can check to see if your Windows 10 system is activated or not through different methods.
Check Activation Status through System Window
One of the easiest ways to check the Windows 10 activation status is to look at the System applet window. To do that simply press the keyboard shortcut “Win + X” and select the “System” option. Alternatively, you can also search for “System” in the Start menu.
Once the System window has been opened, scroll down and you will find the wording “Windows is activated” under the Windows Activation section if your system is activated.
This window even displays the option to change the product key if you ever need it, like when you are upgrading from one edition to the other.