How to Check if My Windows 10 is Genuine or Not?

Learn How to check if Windows 10 is Genuine or Not? And what’s the best method to check if your Windows 10 is genuine or pirated? How to find windows 10 genuine key and genuine windows 10 activation information

If you have recently purchased a brand new PC with Windows 10 installed or someone installed it for you then obviously you will wish to check if your Windows 10 is genuine or pirated. Microsoft is offering one year of the free upgrade to Windows 10 only for the genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers. This is the main reason, almost all qualified Windows users have been already upgraded to Windows 10 from the previous version of Windows and unqualified Windows users are performing a clean install of Windows 10.

But many Windows users (who have installed Windows 10 on their PC or upgraded to Windows 10 from the previous version of Windows) are still not sure if they are using a genuine version of Windows 10. Or, simply want to check whether Windows is genuine or not after installing and upgrading to Windows 10 OS.

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If you are also one of them who wish to check if Windows 10 operating system installed is genuine or pirated then this guide is just perfect for you. Follow the step by step instructions mentioned below in order to check if Windows 10 is genuine or not. Let’s dive in.

How to Check if Windows 10 is Genuine

Although, there are a couple of different techniques to check and make sure that your Windows 10 copy is genuine. But here I will explain to you only the most simple and quick method to check Window 10 is genuine or pirated.

Let’s have a look at the steps to check if your Windows 10 is genuine or not:

Step (1): First of all, right click on “This PC” option which located in the left panel of file explorer and select “properties” option.

how to check window 10 is genuine or not

Step (2): Just after the click, the System Window will appear on your screen (as shown in below screenshot).

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Step (3): In “Windows activation” section, if you see the status Windows is activated along with a Product ID then it means your Windows 10 operating system is genuine otherwise not.

Thus, you can see how simple is to check if Windows 10 is genuine or not. If you are not familiar with the process to deactivate Windows product key and change Windows 10 product key then read the following guides:

If you have any other questions about whether your Windows 10 is genuine or pirated, simply post a comment here and I will try to help you as soon as possible. Let us know – Is your Windows 10 genuine?

7 thoughts on “How to Check if My Windows 10 is Genuine or Not?”

  1. This article isn’t very useful as written as many counterfeit versions will install and even activate. If purchasing a Windows operating system, look at the purchased media to see if it has the anti-counterfeiting measures in place. One of the more difficult measures to counterfeit is the halographic 1/4″ ring around the DVD with the words “Microsoft” and “Genuine” that alternate depending on how it’s viewed. Also, this ring is imbedded into the DVD, not a label that is applied to the outside. This applies from Windows 7, 8, and 10 and may be used in other operating systems as well. See website,, for photos / details.

  2. sir my product key is like that “Product ID: 00331-10000-00001-AA267” is it genuine or not?

  3. type in command prompt slmgr /xpr
    then if you get the expiry time ,your os is a pirated otherwise not

  4. My windows 10 will NOT update, and the message ‘ Your device is missing important security and quality fixes.’ in RED in the windows update panel. I have to keep on retrying, but it never finishes! This makes me suspicious that the software I purchased is not genuine, although I do see a product ID. I spent ZAR 3500 for this windows 10 and need confirmation. What should I do?

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