Microsoft finally managed to downplay the overall failure of Windows 8.1 with the launch of Windows 10. Windows 10 is available in three basic editions – Home, Pro, and Pro for Workstations. It is possible to download Windows 10 Home and Pro versions without paying a penny, but once you install the OS, you will be prompted for activation. If you don’t activate Windows 10, a watermark that says “Activate Windows” will appear on the screen, and you won’t be able to use the personalization features either. To be more precise, investing in a Windows 10 product key is necessary. Before you install the OS and use the key, here are some of the aspects worth knowing.
Why use a product key?
Think of the product key as a license to using Windows 10, and it is unique to every version. Once installed, you have to activate Windows using the key, which can be purchased from Microsoft. Product keys are nothing new in the world of software solutions. Microsoft has been using product keys for activation needs since Windows XP. Without the key, you will not be able to use the full features that the OS offers, and that can be a bummer, simply because Windows 10 has so much to offer.
Buying and using Windows 10 product keys
The product key can be purchased from Microsoft, although there are a bunch of websites that also offer keys at a cheaper rate by buying in bulk from suppliers. Make sure that the product key is genuine. To activate Windows, go to Settings. You can press “Windows Key and I” keys together to access settings instantly. Go to the section called “Update and Security”, where you will find the option of “Activation” from the left-hand menu. Click the choice of changing product key. Now, you can enter the product key that you have purchased, and that will activate Windows 10 instantly over the internet.
Things to know
Please note that you need the product key for the corresponding version. For example, if you are using Windows 10 Home, you must only buy and use a key that’s designed for the Home version. Also, the same key cannot be used for two different systems or computers. We strongly recommend that you get your OS activated as early as possible after installation, as that also offers easy access to updates. You don’t need to spend further for Microsoft updates.