How to check if your Windows 10 License is Genuine

Last Updated by Unyime Etim on Sept. 13, 2020, 10 p.m.

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In today’s article, we will look at some of the steps you can take to ensure that you’re running a properly licensed and genuine Windows 10 operating system.

According to a 2018 study by the Software Alliance, 37% of every software product installed on personal computers is unlicensed, with the Windows 10 operating system not left out.

This is a growing problem that costs software manufacturers approximately $46.3 billion yearly in lost revenue, with businesses paying out approximately $359 billion yearly in costs associated with combating malware introduced by cracked software. This shows how risky and expensive unlicensed software can be!

Ways to check if your Windows 10 License is Genuine

Generally, you can check information related to your device and windows 10 software by going to the about page of your system settings, but this, unfortunately, doesn’t include licensing data. Only the Device ID, Product ID, OS edition, version, and OS build can be found here.

To check if your Windows 10 license is genuine, you can employ any (or preferably all) the steps detailed below

  • Command Prompt

I would personally recommend using the command prompt option since it provides more information.

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows icon at the bottom left corner of your screen, scroll to Windows PowerShell (Admin) and click on Enter key to display a command prompt.


Step 2: After the dialog is opened, type the following piece of code and press Enter to display your license information:

slmgr /dlv

Here the slmgr stands for the software license manager and the /dlv stands for display license verbose. So, the code basically instructs the software license manager to display detailed license information of your Windows OS copy.


From the windows script host pop-up, if you find anything related to volume activation expiration and renewal interval, then your operating system was activated using an activation software, and your license is most likely not genuine.

However, if other information is displayed without the expiration and renewal interval, then your copy of Windows 10 is a genuine one.

  • Windows Settings

Another method of checking if your Windows 10 license is genuine is through the settings. This method will be much more preferable for non-techy users who dread the sight of the command line.

To do this, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows icon at the bottom-left-corner of your screen and click on settings.

Step 2: Identify updates and security and click on it.

Step 3: Among the subtopics within update and security, click on activation.

Step 4: On the activation screen, if the activation status shows that “Windows is activated with a digital license”, then your copy of Windows 10 is genuine.



As explained by Ivan Jenic of Windows Report in this article, and also in the introductory section above, there are numerous risks associated with using non-genuine software – most especially an Operating System. Therefore, one of your priorities before paying for a Windows 10 device is to apply the methods above to ascertain if the operating system copy is genuine.

Thanks so much for reading. If you have a question, contribution, or suggestions, please feel free to comment below, I’ll be happy to hear from you.


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