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How To Check If Your Windows Is Genuine

How can you tell if your Windows is real or fake? Well, luckily there are numerous ways to check the authenticity of Windows. In this guide, we are going to explain to you how to check if it is original or if it is a pirated copy. It is a very simple procedure and helps you know if you have critical updates for the safety of your system. As you may already know, Microsoft Windows is the most popular operating system in the world. But unfortunately, much of its popularity is due to people who download Windows without actually purchasing it.

Microsoft already knows this, and that is why they encourage the regularization of this situation in various ways. One of them was offering a free upgrade to Windows 10. In addition, the price of Windows licenses has dropped so much that you can already find them at ridiculous prices in different online stores. You also can find these licenses on eBay. However, if you are going to use them for business purposes, we don’t recommend getting licenses from eBay since we can’t verify the source of the licenses. But we are pretty sure that there are a lot of legit sellers on eBay.

However, many users insist on using pirated versions of Windows, with the risk that this entails. Shortly after installing it, the operating system will stop receiving updates from Microsoft. That means that critical system vulnerabilities are not patched and therefore you are so much more vulnerable to malware and viruses. Now let’s see how to tell if your Windows is real or not.

The first way to recognize if your copy of Windows is validated and activated is to check that everything works well. If it is a pirated version, a small notice will appear at the bottom of your desktop showing you the error "Windows is not activated. Activate Windows now”. It's usually hard not to notice this. So if this appears on your desktop, your Windows is not activated. 

The other way is by using Command Prompt. This is the most reliable way to know if your Windows is original. Just go to the Windows Menu and type Run. In the text box that appears type "CMD" and press the Enter key.

Now, your Command Prompt will appear. After that, you can type the following carefully. 

slmgr /xpr

Once you typed that, simply press the Enter key and you will get a window like in the image below saying whether your Windows is activated or not. To exit the window, you can click on “OK” and then it will go away.

Command Prompt

So now, you may be wondering what to do if the Windows is not activated. We are going to cover that also. Once you confirmed that your Windows is not activated, the best thing you can do is completely reinstall your operating system using an original ISO file. You can get this ISO directly from Microsoft. To install the operating system, you can use a software like Rufus or Win32 Disk Imager. You can download these softwares from their official websites. However, the Win32 Disk Imager is also available on SourceForge. So if you want to download Win32 Disk Imager, you can get it from SourceForge.

Once you installed the operating system from an ISO file, you have to purchase a genuine Windows license. If you can it is better to purchase it directly from Microsoft. However, if you are on a tight budget you can use sites like Kinguin. When you purchase from Kinguin, you will get a receipt so you can keep that as your proof of purchase. If your budget is lower, you can even try eBay. But it’s good to talk with the seller first before purchasing.