You have recently installed the new Windows 11 Pro. The system boots up, and suddenly, a semi-transparent square appears on the entire screen with the message “Activate Windows”. Access to personalization is blocked, the desktop background is dull and gray, and a watermark at the bottom detracts from the overall appearance.
Yes, Windows 11 requires activation; otherwise, it will transition from a Ferrari among operating systems to a cart with broken wheels. Don’t be disheartened just yet! There are at least three ways to easily input the Windows 11 Pro product key within a couple of minutes and once again enjoy the magnificent design, flawless performance, and plethora of useful features.
Why Activation is Necessary
Activation is the process of linking the installed Windows to a specific computer or account. This is necessary for the full utilization of the operating system and access to all its features. Without activation, you will encounter various limitations.
There are several ways to activate Windows 11 Pro:
- Using the product key.
- Through the command prompt using KMS.
- Creating a special bat file.
Let’s delve into each of these methods.
Preparation for Activation
Before proceeding directly to the activation process, certain preparatory actions need to be taken.
- Ensure that Windows 11 Pro is installed on your computer. You can check this in the “System” or “About” section in the settings. It specifies the specific name and version of the OS.
- If you find that you have installed Windows 11 without the Pro suffix, you will need to reinstall it to get the required version.
- You’ll have to prepare the product key for activation. This is an alphanumeric code that comes with the Windows distribution or when purchasing a licensed copy.
The key can be found on the disc packaging, on the authenticity certificate, in an email from Microsoft during a digital download, or obtained from the seller.
Activating Windows 11 Pro Using the Product Key
Activating Windows 11 Pro using the product key is the simplest and most reliable method that takes just a few minutes.
- Start by launching the “Settings” app, opening the “System” section, and clicking “Activate Windows” or “Activate Now”. In some cases, this option may be found in the “Activation” subsection.
- Then, in the window that appears, enter the 25-digit product key for your version of Windows in the corresponding field and click “Next”.
- The system will request confirmation to use the key, after which it will automatically verify the code and activate Windows 11 Pro. A message of successful activation will appear on the screen.
- After restarting the computer, all restrictions will be lifted, and the desktop message prompting activation will disappear.
Using KMS Server via Command Prompt
Another way to activate Windows 11 Pro is through the command prompt on a KMS server. This is a convenient method for network administrators:
- Open the command prompt as an administrator. Right-click the “Start” button and select “Windows Terminal (Administrator)”.
- Enter the command slmgr /ipk and specify the key corresponding to your Windows version.
- With the command slmgr /skms, set the activation server address. This can be a public server from Microsoft or a custom KMS server on your local network.
- Enter slmgr /ato to start the activation process. The system will connect to the specified KMS server and activate Windows 11 Pro.
Done! After restarting the OS, it will be fully activated.
Creating a Bat File for Activation
If you want to fully automate the Windows 11 Pro activation process, you can use a special bat file. Create a simple text document on your desktop. Open it, copy, and paste the necessary script from the Internet.
Such scripts can be freely downloaded from many thematic websites. Just choose the version that corresponds to your edition of Windows 11. Then, go to the text editor’s “File” menu, select “Save As”, and save the document on your desktop, setting the extension as .bat.
Now it’s a fully executable bat file for automatic activation of Windows 11 Pro. Right-click on it and select “Run as Administrator”.
The bat file will initiate the entire activation process automatically, without any input of codes or commands from your side.
Checking the activation status of Windows 11
After using any of the activation methods described above, it is necessary to check its status. This will confirm the successful completion of the process:
- The first method is to go to the “Settings” app, select the “System” section, open the “Activation” subsection, and check the status next to the “Windows Activation” label. It should display the text “Windows is activated” or “Activated with a digital license”, depending on the activation method.
- The second method is to run the command prompt as an administrator and enter the command slmgr /xpr. This will display detailed information about activation, including the product key, activation date, expiration date, and other data.
In the end, you can be sure that Windows 11 Pro is fully activated and ready for use without restrictions.
As you can see, there are several ways to activate Windows 11 Pro. After completion, don’t forget to check the activation status of Windows 11 Pro in the settings or command prompt. Now, your OS is fully activated and ready to provide you with all the benefits of a licensed copy!