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 10.1 or 11 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

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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2,219 thoughts on “2 ways to activate Windows 10 for FREE without additional software

  1. centaur

    Hey there! So this worked perfectly, thanks for making this. I just have one question, however. Is this safe? I’m unsure of how Key Management Systems work and I want to make sure none of my data is being transferred. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Kwong

      top search: Uninstall Microsoft product trial license or KMS license completely

      Remove the KMS key. Delete the CMD file for KMS activation.

      restart PC, change the key to RETAIL or OEM

      Done.

      Reply
  2. Emrah Kıvanç KARAÇAYIR

    Well.. Unfortunately it does not work for Win10 enterprise ltsc build17763. Rs5 release. 180914 1434.can you fix that issue?

    Reply
  3. Lunox

    Hello,
    Some updates are managed by your organization. It said that the policies set on my device exclude drivers from windows quality updates.
    Does this affect my computer from receiving future updates?
    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Kwong

      All windows Drivers from Microsoft. Motherboard drivers from your motherboard provider.

      After success KMS activation, will get all update from Microsoft, just like using retail key when you online.

      Reply
  4. Shaurya

    i activated windows by the first method and now i am not able to access some settings.it is showing some of these settings are hidden or managed by your organisation. please tell a necessary solution.

    Reply
    1. Kwong

      Here first method only do activation. And won’t control your system.

      Scan your PC with third party trojan remover, and scan your system with virus program.

      Reply
  5. george

    Thanks working so far on w10 pro tho it did take a couple of attempts entering the final activate command “slmgr /ato” to work

    Reply
  6. SK

    Hi,

    Thanks for your efforts and for giving this gift to the community.

    I’m running a copy of Windows 10 Home Single Launguage that is activated via a genuine digitial license linked to my microsoft account. Is it possible for me to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro using this method. What would happen to the digital license in this case? Does it get upgraded too or will the activation/upgrade fail? Please guide.

    Reply
    1. Kwong

      Sorry, retail key can’t upgrade to KMS activation.

      and use KMS activation method, not recommend use microsoft account to be user name.

      Best bet is first download windows 10 pro iso on pc. Back up yours belonging, such as software, document, picture, video and music etc. Then run windows 10 pro, choose new install, then format disc, choose the same partition to install. Create a username, don’t use microsoft account to be user name. use the above method with windows 10 pro kms key, run the KMS Activation batch file. After activation, put back all your back up. Do the update direct from Microsoft. Enjoy.

      Reply
  7. mADHU

    Wow… Thanks a ton. My windows 10 got activated…Windows 10 Professional Jul 2020 edition !!!
    CAN I UPDATE MY PC THEREAFTER??

    Reply
  8. Sávio

    Boa tarde!

    Utilizei a chave NRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J no Win10 Pro 64bits e funcionou perfeitamente. Utilizei o servidor kms9.msguides.com. Fiz no modo MANUAL.

    Muito Obrigado

    Reply
      1. mike hunt

        Yes .. thx.
        had received “connection to KMS server failed” when i tried reactivation with ‘original’ SN given above, ie.W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX

        but got it working again using
        NRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J

        Reply
          1. mike hunt

            Was not using a Home key… they are both Win10Pro keys.
            Had activated with 1st key a few months ago.. then it suddenly stopped working, with ‘KMS server fail’ error.
            Tried to reactivate with same key, but same KMS error given.
            Tried again with 2nd key and it worked fine.

        1. Kwong

          top search: Uninstall Microsoft product trial license or KMS license completely

          remove the windows key first. Restart PC. Then try activation again.

          Reply
    1. Kwong

      TOP community, click in, create a question with activate fail picture attach, I will try solve out for you.

      Reply
  9. Ryan

    I tried the KMS and on my first try it worked!

    <—- Windows 10 Professional user

    Thank you! I was really starting to hate that activate windows 10 on the right bottom side of my screen.

    Reply
  10. Faisal

    It works thanks alot Guang!!
    I first got the connection to KMS server was unsuccessful but on second try it worked.
    Anyways its fully safe right?

    Reply
        1. Kwong

          Follow first method step by step, with Windows 10 Pro for Workstations NRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J, done.

          Even retail key , need to connect Microsoft Server for activation.

          Here KMS method, need to connect kms.msguides.com:1688 for activation.

          Reply
  11. Kawsar Ahmed

    hi. I am kawsar. I have a problem. My pc activation show the error. I do any things with cmd but working. Please help how can i fixed it.

    Reply
    1. Kwong

      cmd working for activation, done. If come up error, won’t success in activation, I can’t work out your meaning?

      Reply