Whatever the reason, be It checking an operating system that you've downloaded from an unknown source on the net, or your PC that came packaged with an OEM OS, It's very beneficial to Identify It's activation status. Now I'm not talking about viewing "Windows Is activated" as per the attached Image, but rather whether It's permanent or set to expire on a certain date. In this tutorial, I will show you how to check this with a few simple steps.
In order to use many features, such as those In the Windows Settings Personalization menu, your Windows 10 operating system must be activated. If the activation Is set to expire, you'd certainly want to know In advance, and then take the necessary steps to extend or permanently enable It.
I will be demonstrating how to view all this, by using the good old Command Prompt. So without further delay, let's rip Into this tutorial.
The easiest method to check If Windows Is activated (and not It's activation status), Is to hold the Windows key and at the same time, click X. Then click on System.
Scroll down to the bottom and under Windows activation. you will see the result. In my case, It's activated. But this doesn't tell you anything as to whether It's permanent or set to expire. We'll check that out next.
To see If It's permanent or temporary, you'll need to access the Command Prompt. To do this, open the Run menu, enter cmd an hit OK.
The Command Prompt will now execute. Type slmgr /xpr and hit Enter on your keyboard.
This Is my Windows 10 Home edition PC. As you can see, a window executed displaying that It's permanently activated.
And here's the result of my other computer running Windows 10 Enterprise. The activation has an expiration date & time.
This Is what to expect when the operating system Is not activated, namely the message of Windows Is In Notification mode.
You now have a clear understanding of the different types of activation states, and how to view them by executing a simple keyword In the Command Prompt. I personally download a lot of Windows 10 operating systems from the net and although some say they're pre-activated In the description, It's quite the opposite after using the above method.
If you're anything like myself or of similar nature, I'm sure you'll use this to your advantage.