Windows 11 is a free update for users running a recent version of Windows 10 on a computer that meets Microsoft’s minimum hardware requirements.
After upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or after performing a clean install of Windows 11, the first thing you can do is check if your copy of Windows 11 is activated.
Although Windows 11 activates automatically after updating or reinstalling, you may be curious about the activation status to make sure there is no problem with the activation.
The procedure for checking the activation status is slightly different. In Windows 10, we can navigate to Settings > Windows Update & Security > Activation page to check the activation status. However, the path is not the same in Windows 11.
Method 1 of 2
Check Windows 11 activation status via Settings
Step 1: Open the Settings app. Click Settings on the left, then click Activation on the right.
Step 2: Now, on the right-side, if Windows 11 is activated, you will see the Active text next to Activation state. For more details about the activation status, click on the Activation state.
Method 2 of 2
Use Command Prompt to check if Windows 11 is activated
In addition to the Settings app, the built-in Command Prompt tool can be used to check the activation status. All you need to do is run a command. This is how you do it.
Step 1: Open the Command Prompt using Search from the Start menu. You do not need to open Command Prompt as an administrator.
Step 2: In the Command Prompt window, type slmgr /xpr and then press Enter. The following dialog box appears and informs you of the activation status.
In previous versions of the Windows operating system, in addition to these methods, we could also use the System Properties window to check the activation status. Unfortunately, it redirects to the Settings > System > About page in Windows 11.
Windows 11 activation troubleshooting tips
If Windows 11 does not activate after upgrading an activated copy of Windows 10, you have a few options.
Solution 1: Make sure your PC is connected to the Internet. If Windows 11 is not activated even after connecting your PC to the Internet, please wait.
Solution 2: If you have a license key, enter the license key after clicking the Change button next to Change Product Key (Settings > System > Activation).
Solution 3: If you previously linked your Windows 10 license to a Microsoft account, sign in to Windows 11 with that Microsoft account to restore the license.
Solution 4: If all else fails, go back to Windows 10. Note that you only have ten days to switch to Windows 10 after upgrading to Windows 11. After the first ten days, you should do a clean install. Then do it quickly!