Note: As of now (October 2021), this method still works to activate Windows 10 for free with CMD, so if it doesn’t work for you, you might not have followed the steps carefully. Or else, you’re really really unlucky.

Ok, this is going to be fun. In today’s article, together, we will learn how to activate our Windows 10 computer simply by using the command line, commonly known as the CMD or command prompt. I’m sure you all must’ve heard of that.

Do you know what the craziest part is? Most PC users don’t even know that they can activate their windows for FREE, too, so trust me, you may want to bookmark this post for future purposes because you’re going to want to come back and back and back!

In this post, we’ll see an easy step-by-step guide to learn..

How to activate Windows 10 on the command line. 

Let’s just hope we don’t get any annoying pop-ups in Windows 11

Fun fact, it is by far the fasting method to activate your Windows 10 product. (If you do all the steps exactly as mentioned, it takes probably less than a minute! Can you believe that? Freaking less than cooking Maggi!! ) because this way, you don’t need to install any “Windows 10 activation tool” or “Watermark removal tool” or anything for activation. So it will be a relatively simple guide, even for those who don’t have much technical knowledge.

After installing Windows 10 on your computer, it will ask you to activate your Windows 10 when you try to customize Windows 10. And believe it or not, 99% of the people change the wallpaper the first thing! But suppose your Windows 10 system has not been activated. In that case, Windows will not allow you to customize your desktop (such as customize your lock screen, wallpaper, theme, etc.) 

And will show a watermark in the bottom right of the screen that says “Activate Windows. Go to Settings to activate Windows”, which everybody can agree to look very annoying on the screen.

So let’s start the process to Activate Windows with CMD.

How to permanently activate Windows 10 with the command line

Step 1. Open command prompt (obviously, duh!)

windows cmd

To open it, press the Windows key and search for cmd, right click, and run as administrator. If you don’t run it as an Administrator, the following things won’t work.

Step 2. Uninstall the old key

command in windows cmd

Now type this command in cmd slmgr.vbs / upk (it will uninstall the old product key)

Step 3. Enter the keys

Then copy-paste this command line and hit Enter to install the Windows 10 product key: slmgr /ipk NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43

Step 4. Enter the command

second command to activate windows with cmd

now type slmgr / skms on the command line and hit Enter.

Now copy and paste slmgr / ato and hit Enter to activate Windows 10 with CMD. 

That’s it; you’re done! I bet you never thought it would be this easy, right?

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How to check if Windows 10 is activated or not?

There are many ways to check whether Windows 10 is activated on your computer or not.

For example, if you don’t see any watermark of “activate windows, go to settings to activate Windows” at the bottom right of the screen, it means that Windows is fully activated. This is by far the easiest way to know if your Windows is activated or not.

However, another excellent method to verify that Windows 10 is activated or not on your device is with this simple command:

  1. Open the command prompt again.
  2. Type this command slmgr.vbs -xpr
windows activated using cmd for free

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How to activate windows 10 with cmd without key

This is by far the best way to activate Windows 10 with cmd without the key, and this is how by following the steps above, you can activate Windows 10 for free with the command line. After activating Windows 10, you will be able to customize your startup screen such as lock screen, wallpaper, theme, etc., and the annoying Windows watermark will no longer show. What else do you want in life?