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When you install Windows, you are prompted for your product key. This key determines which version of Windows Vista or 7 should be installed on your PC. Later in the installation process, you are asked whether you would like to activate Windows or not. If you choose not to activate Windows, you have 30 days before you need to do so; otherwise, Windows will not let you log in and access your programs and files until you activate it. Learn, in this guide, how to activate Windows Vista or 7.

How to Activate Windows

To activate Windows:

  1. Click the Start button, right click Computer, and click Properties.
  2. Under Windows activation, click Activate Windows now.
  3. Type in your product key and click Next.

Windows will now connect to the Internet is to validate your license key.

Now you will no longer be prompted to activate Windows and you can rest assured that your PC wont stop you  accessing it when you need it most.

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2 thoughts on “Activate Your Copy of Windows Vista or 7 [How To]”

  1. RSVR85 says:

    To check the licence status of your machine, see this post;

  2. RSVR85 says:

    To check the licence status of your machine, see this post;

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