Windows 7 Activation Steps - How to Activate Windows 7 Manually?

What is Windows 7 activation? How to do it manually or using the activator patch (illegal way)?

Activating your copy of Windows 7 is a way of registering Windows 7 operating system that installed on your computer and making it legal.

After installing Windows 7 to your computer, normally you are given 30-day to activate it. This activation feature had been introduced since released of Windows Vista.

If you forgot or do not activate the Windows 7, then after the 30-day periods, some Windows features will be disables and prevents you to use all properties of your system. Also you may not be able to update your system with the recent Windows updated from Microsoft website.

Actually, you can activate Windows 7 during the Windows 7 installation process. However, if you don't do that, you still can start activating Windows 7 manually as shown in the step-by-step tutorial below.

Now, how to know whether your copy of Windows 7 is activated or not?

  • From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
  • From the Control Panel dialog box displayed, select System and Security menu and then click the System menu.
  • As you can see from the following screen, you will see the Windows activation status at the bottom of the Control Panel screen. It's not activated yet.

Windows 7 activation

To activate Windows 7 manually

  • Connect to the internet and then you can start activating Windows process manually by clicking the Activate Windows now link.
  • Windows 7 activation

  • From the Windows Activation screen, you are reminded how many days are there still for activating your copy of Windows 7 operating system. Click Activate Windows online now to start activating the Windows.
  • activating Windows 7 process

  • The activating process will start. The screen displays the message to the user about the product key (that you key-in during installation) is being verified.
  • If the activation process can connect to Microsoft server via internet connection and manages to validate the product key without any problem you will be redirected to the last screen of the Windows Activation. Otherwise, if error prompts, you may need to check your Internet connection.
  • activate Windows 7 successful

  • The screen displays the result of a successful activation of Windows 7. It is stated that your copy of Windows is verified and with a valid copy of Windows 7, you are eligible to receive all available updates and product support from Microsoft.

As you can see in the above explained steps Windows 7 activation is simple and straight-forward unless you have a valid copy of Windows 7.

If you experience a problem while trying to activate Windows 7, then you can call the Microsoft Support phones or start activation using phone procedure and talk to a support engineer to help you with your Windows 7 activation problem.

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