How to Check if Windows 11 is Activated

If you need help making sure your copy of Windows 11 is activated, you don’t go to the same place as Windows 10. Here’s where to find it.

Just like with previous versions of Windows, the new version, Windows 11, requires activation. If you buy a new PC or have upgraded from Windows 10 to 11, you should be good to go. However, you might want to check your PC to make sure, especially after a clean install. Here’s a couple of ways how to do it.

Win 10 activation

To check product activation on Windows 10 you go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Activation.

Find Windows 11 Activation Status in Settings

The steps to find out if your version of Windows 11 is activated or not varies from Windows 10. To get started, open Start and click on Settings.

Start Menu Settings Windows 11

Alternately, you can use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I to open the Settings page directly. Whichever way you open it, click on System from the list of options on the right on the main Settings page. And then, scroll down the options on the left side and click on Activation “Activation, state, subscriptions, product key.”

System Activation Windows 11 Settings

Next, on the Activation page, you will see an option for “Activation state.” You should see if it’s activated or not from there. On the left side of the box, for example, you can see this copy is active.

Windows 11 Activation Settings page

For more details on the activation, click on the Activation state dropdown menu. There you will see more details. My copy is activated with a digital license linked to my account, for example.

Activation State Windows 11

Find Windows 11 Activation Status Using Command Prompt

While clicking through the Settings menu is simple enough, you might prefer to do things via the command line. If so, hit the Windows key on your keyboard and type: cmd and launch the Command Prompt.

CMD Windows 11 Start

When it opens, type in the following code and hit Enter:

slmgr /xpr

That will open a small Windows Script Host window that displays if the machine is activated. In this example, you can see mine is good to go. Click OK to close out of it, then close out of the Command Prompt if you’re done with it.

Command prompt Windows 11 Activataion

Also, if you are running Windows 10, check out our article on how to resolve Windows 10 product key activation issues.  The Taskbar behaves differently on Windows 11. So you might need help opening Task Manager on Windows 11.

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