2 ways to activate Windows 10 for FREE without additional software

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As you know, Microsoft notified Windows 10 is “the last version of Windows” and explained that they will be focused on the development of powerful and new features under the guise of software updates instead of building a new version. This means there will be no Windows 11 or 12 in the future. So if you are thinking about an upgrade, this is the best time to get it.

Windows 10 free upgrade

The representative of Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 is a free upgrade for all customers using a genuine copy of Windows 7 or higher. But this offer officially will expire on this Friday so do not hesitate to own it before it is too late. Your time is running out. After July 29, the upgrade will cost up to $119 for Home edition or $199 for Professional one. Personally, that amount of money is enough to pay my rent this month so there are no reason for me to deny that.

Should you upgrade to Windows 10

“Do not upgrade to Windows 10”. This seems to contradict the above analysis but that is the statement of security experts. They said that Microsoft has been violating users’s privacy from collecting their personal information like gender, age, hobby and Internet habits… without your permission. The options relating to sending feedback and data to Microsoft were enabled automatically from the moment that you installed Windows 10 successfully so most people don’t know about them. However, you can disable them in Settings/Privacy easily.

Install Windows 10 using ISO file instead of an upgrade

You can get the latest version of Windows 10 Professional here if you don’t have it already. If you have ever installed any versions of Windows before, I am sure you will have no difficulty getting started with Windows 10. If you are looking to install it with an USB flash drive, please consult the video “How to create a bootable USB stick”. The following are the detailed instructions for installing Windows 10.

Upgrading to Windows 10 using the ISO file video instructions
A clean installation of Windows 10 (Step by step guide)

Activate Windows 10 without using any software

Windows 10 is not activated
Windows 10 is not activated

If you are using another version of Windows, please navigate to Windows OS category and select a suitable article.

Method 1: Manual activation

Time needed: 1 minute.

Run KMS commands on command prompt.

  1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.

    Click on the start button, search for “cmd” then run it with administrator rights.

  2. Install KMS client key

    Use the command “slmgr /ipk yourlicensekey” to install a license key (yourlicensekey is the activation key that corresponds to your Windows edition). The following is the list of Windows 10 Volume license keys.

    Home: TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99
    Home N: 3KHY7-WNT83-DGQKR-F7HPR-844BM
    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

    (Note: You need to hit [Enter] key to execute commands.)

  3. Set KMS machine address

    Use the command “slmgr /skms kms8.msguides.com” to connect to my KMS server.

  4. Activate your Windows

    The last step is to activate your Windows using the command “slmgr /ato”.

Now check the activation status again.

Windows 10 is activated successfully
Windows 10 is activated successfully

Method 2: Using a batch file

This one is not recommend anymore due to the new update of Microsoft.

Step 1: Copy the code below into a new text document.

@echo off
title Activate Windows 10 ALL versions for FREE!&cls&echo ============================================================================&echo #Project: Activating Microsoft software products for FREE without software&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo #Supported products:&echo - Windows 10 Home&echo - Windows 10 Home N&echo - Windows 10 Home Single Language&echo - Windows 10 Home Country Specific&echo - Windows 10 Professional&echo - Windows 10 Professional N&echo - Windows 10 Education&echo - Windows 10 Education N&echo - Windows 10 Enterprise&echo - Windows 10 Enterprise N&echo - Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB&echo - Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB N&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 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&goto server) 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 server) 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 server) else wmic os | findstr /I "10 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&goto server) else (goto notsupported)
:server
if %i%==1 set KMS=kms7.MSGuides.com
if %i%==2 set KMS=kms8.MSGuides.com
if %i%==3 set KMS=kms9.MSGuides.com
if %i%==4 goto notsupported
cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /skms %KMS%:1688 >nul&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo.
cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ato | find /i "successfully" && (echo.&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo #My official blog: MSGuides.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 everyday!&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 server)
explorer "http://MSGuides.com"&goto halt
:notsupported
echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo Sorry! Your version is not supported.&echo.
:halt
pause >nul

Create a new text document.

Create a new text document
Create a new text document

Step 2: Paste the code into the text file. Then save it as a batch file (named “1click.cmd”).

Save the text file
Save the text file
Set name of the batch file
Set name of the batch file

Step 3: Run the batch file as administrator.

Run the batch script with admin rights
Run the batch script with admin rights

Please wait a minute.

The batch script is processing
The batch script is processing

Done!

Your Windows is activated
Your Windows is activated

Note: If you guys see three times the same error message saying that the connection to KMS server was unsuccessful, please read this post.

Check the activation status again.

Check out activation status of Windows 10
Check out activation status of Windows 10

2 ways to activate Windows 10 for FREE without additional software
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If you would have any questions or concerns, please leave your comments. I would be glad to explain in more details. Thank you so much for all your feedback and support!


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1,610 thoughts on “2 ways to activate Windows 10 for FREE without additional software

  1. Jaheen

    I used script to activate windows 10. And also i updated Windows 10 from April to Sep – no issues found.
    Do you recommed update or do not update it?

    Thanks for the script.

    Reply
        1. KWong

          Anyone want to run KMS server for activation, must buy KMS Host key from Microsoft.

          Here all the activation method is legal to use. Update is from Microsoft, just like retail customer.

          Enjoy.

          Reply
  2. Jarek

    Thanks for your efforts 😉
    What if you have Windows10 Home with OEM digital license key burned in UEFI-BIOS?
    You want to move to Win10 Pro but the built in Bios Key will force the installation to Home version only?

    An example is Dell Alienware R5, etc. You can buy as many non-digital RETAIL Keys as you like –
    but they will not be accepted by the BIOS. Is it true?

    Is there a simple method for this? I think the BIOS License Key can only be edited with very specialist software… which only the OEM can perform maybe.

    Thanks again,
    J

    Reply
    1. kWong

      Back up all your own data , video, music and software.

      Format the PC. Reinstall Windows Pro, use here method to activate .

      Restore all your data, music, video and software.

      Done

      Enjoy.

      Reply
    1. Maxwell

      my Edition is windows 10 Home single language
      when i use CMD it always says Sorry! Your version is not supported.
      when i use the 2nd method it says Error: …… on a computer running Microsoft …….

      Reply
      1. kWong

        Use method 1 or method 3 only for activation.

        Activation must run with admin right online.

        Fail, disable Windows Defender, retry activation.

        Reply
  3. Reza

    Amazing!
    Thanks a lot, Guang!
    I was struggling trying other tools but no luck.
    And finally, following your cmd prompt method, I got the success =:)!!

    Reply
  4. Blue

    Nicely done…helped me activate on a new SSD that claimed I had already activated my legit copy on another PC! I used the CMD version w/o a hitch. Thank you.

    Reply
  5. Mark Newman

    This is great. Just activated my LEGITIMATE copy of Windows Education because for some reason Microsoft couldn’t connect to the education activation server of my school. Cheers!

    Reply
  6. siva gupta

    Hello,
    After cliking the ‘1click.cmd ‘ text document as Run as administrator ,command promt is not opening for the next step to activate windows. can u please help how to solve a problem .
    note :when i saved the file it showing thread is found.

    Reply
  7. Janakiram Nallamothu

    Hi, Today when I ran Full Scan, I got the below item in the results, in that there is AutoKMS, and your way of activation is by KMS Activation Method. So, I have serious concern about your method of activation, whether it is safe or not? by the way i Blocked the below threat immediately.. Now, can you please explain me what is below threat and is it related to your method of activation? can you guarantee that your method is safe and not a way of hacking our computers?

    Threat detected:HackTool:BAT/AutoKMS
    Alert level:High
    Date: 9/10/2019 12:42 PM
    Category:Tool
    Details:This program has potentially unwanted behavior.

    Reply
    1. AceR

      of course Windows doesn’t want you to activate it that way, they know this product. Bypass it by disabling your antivirus/defender.

      Reply