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Updates play an important role in an Operating system. In Windows 10, the system updates itself automatically without any user (you) interaction. Sometimes this can be bothersome to you especially when turning off your computer.

Not only that, this can cost a lot of data if you are using a mobile data connection. So maybe that is why you are here, to disable/stop automatic updates permanently in Windows 10

In this guide, I will show you how to do that. It is easy. But there are some important things you need to know:

  • To keep your PC/ Laptop secure from malware and other attacks, installing updates are essential
  • Updates can increase your PC’s performance. So why not updating your OS?
  • Updates bring new features, fix various bugs that can bother you while working on the computer
  • In short, updates are essential for any Operating system to work properly.

Even though the article is about to turn off automatic updates in Windows 10 *permanently, I do not recommend keeping older Windows 10 OS without updates because of the security of your data. So keep that in mind and go below to know how to stop auto updates permanently in Windows 10.

There can be a thousand methods to turn off automatic updates, a lot of them just work temporarily and updates will be turned on again after a while.

But these solutions will work perfectly on your computer and all you have to do is just follow the steps below. Keep scrolling!

01 – Set your connection to a metered connection

This trick is really easy to do and worked well for all of my PCs. It will set your connection as a metered (limited data usage) connection, so you can set a data limit and when the limit is reached, Windows will stop updating automatically.

The best thing about this trick is that this will turn off the updates permanently! But as I said earlier, keep in mind to turn off this update your computer at least once a month to keep your computer secure and work without any bugs.

Here is how to do this:

  1. Head over to connections, Right-click on the connection you use, click the Properties button.
Connection properties
  1. It will take you to the connection settings, from there you can turn on metered connection.
Turn on metered connection

Now, you have to set a data limit. To do that, while connected to the wifi or ethernet connection;

  1. Go to Settings and then Network and Internet
  2. You will see the Network status from there and click the Data usage
Network status
  1. Inside Data usage settings, select the connection and click Enter limit
  2. Enter any limit you want and click the Save button. I will set the limit to 1MB here
Set data limit

As soon as it hit the data limit you will see a notification that tells the data limit is reached. After that, automatic updates will be turned off.

What if Set as Meterd connection is greyd out?

Set as metered connection is greyed out

Sometimes you will see the setting is greyed out. Microsoft has an article about it (You can read it from here to know why this happens) but it can happen if you have already set up a metered connection and have set a data limit. If that is not the case, there is an easy way to fix that. Here is how;

  1. Go to the connections
  2. Right-click on the connection you use
  3. Click forget and connect back (Unplug and plug back the cable is you are using an Ethernet connection)
Forget network
  1. Repeat the above steps

Now you will see the option is available to use. 😀

02 – Use Windows update blocker tool

This is a third-party tool that will do the job in just by few clicks! Here is how to use it.

  1. First download the update blocker from here.
  2. Since it is a third party software, scan it before use.
  3. Now extract the tool and run it. (If your system is 64bit, then run 64bit exe version)
Windows update blocker files
  1. Check the Disable updates option and click Apply now button.
Windows update blocker window
  1. That’s it! If you wanna enable auto updates open the tool again and check the Enable updates option and click Apply Now button.

03 – Turn off automatic updates using Group Policy Editor

You can use the Windows group policy editor to disable auto-updates on Windows 10. Follow these steps below:

Note: Group policy editor might not be in Windows 10 Home edition

  1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box
Keyboard shortcut
  1. Type gpedit.msc and press the Enter button. It will brings up the group policy editor
gpedit.msc in Run dialog box
  1. From there go to;

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

Local group policy editor
  1. Locate and double click on Configure Automatic Updates from the right panel
Local group policy editor - updates policy
  1. Once opened, check the Disabled from the left side. Then click Apply and Ok
Configure automatic updates

04 – Disable Windows update service

Windows update service is what governors Windows update system. Disabling it will stop/disable automatic updates downloading to your computer. Let’s see how to disable that;

  1. In Windows search, type “Services” and Open services app
Windows search - services
  1. Scroll down and find “Windows update” service
Services - Windows update
  1. Right-click on it and click Properties
Windows update service - properties
  1. From drop-down menu, select Disabled
  2. Click Apply and Ok button
Disable update service
  1. Restart your PC

That is it. Which method worked for you? If you have any issues regarding this guide, leave a comment below so I can help.

You are trying to load a webpage but the web browser gives you “inet_e_resource_not_found”. Well, then this guide is for you!

A lot of users like you have reported that when they try to visit a website or page, they get this error. Especially in Microsoft Edge browser and Chrome browser (Other also but these 2 are the most common). This typically looks like this;

inet_e_resource_not_found error

Hmm… cannot reach this page. Make sure that you’ve got the right address. Details: There was a temporary DNS error. Error Code: INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND

This error is pretty much related to DNS and thus the browser tells the user (you) to refresh the page to solve this error. However, the worst thing is…it doesn’t work all the time!

So I have made this quick and simple guide to solve this annoying “inet_e_resource_not_found” error. Let’s get started!

What is Inet_e_resource_not_found?

As I said earlier, this error message is related to DNS problems. Therefore, I can list down these as the possible causes for this error;

  • The DNS server is down.
  • There is a temporary erros in DNS server.
  • The connection to the DNS server is timed out.
  • The DNS name does not exist in the server.

Whatever the case, if it is not an issue from the server side. It can be fixed! Just follow the solutions I have given below. Let’s start with solution 01.

How do I fix error code Inet_e_resource_not_found?

Here are the tested solutions for this error!

01 — Restart the Router

Router Image

If there is a problem with your router, then that might be causing the “inet_e_resource_not_found” error.

So the best to do is to restart your router. To do that, you can either turn it off and then turn it on back from the switch or the settings page on the browser.

If you are going to use the browser, then use the IP addresses assigned to your router to access its setting page and give a restart from there.

02 — Change the DNS server

The best solution I found to solve this error is changing the default DNS server settings on your computer.

Most of the time, your DNS server settings are set to default (not assigned) to get the DNS server from your internet service provider (ISP). But it can be changed/misconfigured by a 3rd party software or by yourself (accidentally)

So what you need to do is that changing the DNS settings to What I have given here. Here is how to do that;

  1. Head over to search and type “network status” in there.
  2. From the search resaults, click the “Network status“.
Network Status from Search Results
  1. From the window you opened, scroll down and click the “Change adapter options“.
Change adapter options
  1. Now from the adapter options, Right click on the adapter you are using now and click on “Properties“.
Adapter properties
  1. Then the property window of the adapter will be opened, click the “Internet protoc version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and then click the “Properties” button again.
  2. Check the box “Use the following DNS addresses:” and copy these addresses in to it.

In the preferred DNS address box

8.8.8.8

In the Alternate DNS address box

8.8.4.4
Changing DNS addresses
  1. Now click the “OK” button to save these settings. Then restart the connection/pc and check whether the problem is solved

03 — Rename the Connections folder in Windows Registry

If the “inet_e_resource_not_found” occurs after an update, then this method will work 100% for you. (Try this even you have not updated your Windows 10 version). You need to have logged in as an administrator to do this.

Here is what you need to do;

  1. Open Registry Editer (Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box, type “regedit” press the Enter button)
run dialog box regedit
  1. Copy this path to the address bar in the Registry Editor and press the Enter button for easy navigation.
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Connections

Note: If that trick doesn’t work, you can navigate to the folder “Connections” by following the path (hopefully you won’t be needed to)

Registry Editor
  1. Right click on the “connections” folder and rename it with “ConnectionsX” (remove “”)
Folder rename

That’s it. Now try visiting a website to make sure the “inet_e_resource_not_found” is gone.

04 — Disable “TCP Fast Open” in Microsoft Edge

Note that this method is only for users that use Microsoft Edge. And for some users, this option will not be available.

If you don’t know what “TCP Fast Open” is, it is a feature available in Microsoft Edge to establish TCP protocol between two endpoints faster than a normal connection. But this feature can cause DNS errors like the one you encountered.

This feature is enabled as defaults in MS Edge. So you have to disable it and check if the error is gone away. Here is how to do that:

  1. Open up Microsoft Edge.
  2. In the address bar, copy this (or type) and press the enter button.
about:flags
  1. This will open up a hidden Diagnise page and from there you can disable the “TCP Fast Open” feature. Set the option toAlways Off“.
  2. Then restart the browser and check whether the problem presists.

05 — Clear DNS cache

Your Windows computer stores resolved (converted) DNS addresses of the visited webpage in a cache file to speed up visiting those websites again. This cache is very useful to decrease a website’s load time.

However, if the addresses in the cache are invalid or outdated, it will lead to the “inet_e_resource_not_found” error.

Therefore you can resolve this issue by clearing (Flushing) the DNS cache on your computer. Just follow these steps to do so:

  1. Open Command prompt as administrator
  2. Type this command and press the Enter button
ipconfig /flushdns
flush DNS command in CMD

Now your computer’s DNS cache will be flushed. You can restart the browser and check whether it is worked.

06 — Reset Network Settings

If the error persists, you can reset the network settings to default to solve this problem, here is how to do that:

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator.
  2. Type this command and press the Enter button.
netsh int ip reset
IP reset command in CMD
  1. Now, execute this command also;
netsh winsock reset catalog
Network reset command in CMD
  1. Once done, restart your computer.

07 — Reset Microsoft Edge to default

If none above worked, then the last thing left to do is to reset MS Edge back to its default settings or reinstalling it. This will delete all the previous data and so it will solve the error you are getting.

Warning: Make sure to backup your saved passwords or any other sensitive data before proceeding below.

  1. Open MS Edge.
  2. Go to settings.
Reset option in Search results
  1. Type “Reset” in the search bar.
  2. Click the “Reset” option.
  3. Confirm the Reset.
Confirmation

08 — Re-install Microsoft Edge

Unlike the reset option, re-installing Microsoft Edge will erase all the data and replace it with fresh files. So if the problem was with the Microsoft Edge, the “inet_e_resource_not_found” error will go away.

Since Microsoft Edge is the default web browser that comes with Windows 10, it won’t be so easy to uninstall it. So we have to use some other method to remove it from your computer. After that, you can download and install it like normal. Here is how to do that:

How to Uninstall MS Edge

there are many different ways to uninstall MS Edge, I will tell you a method that works for all of us. If this does not work, you can go to this guide to know how to uninstall MS Edge in other ways.

  1. Download and install Iobit Uninstaller from here.
  2. Open the application.
  3. From the list, you can uninstall MS Edge.

Feel free to refer to the above article if you have trouble uninstalling Edge.

How to re-install MS Edge

Installing MS Edge is easy!

  1. Go to Microsoft’s download page from here
  2. Download MS Edge
  3. Install

Now I think you have got the problem “inet_e_resource_not_found” resolved! Which method worked for you? Don’t forget to leave a comment!

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This is a complete and easy guide to solve the annoying “IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL” BSOD (Blue screen of death) in Windows 10. (This is also applicable for “Driver IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL” error.)

IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL Error
IRQL Error

What triggers “IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL” error?

Before solving this type of error, you should know first the root cause of this so you can prevent this from happening again.

“IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL” is usually triggered when a system process or a driver attempts to access a memory address without proper access rights.

That means either a system process or a driver causes the IRQL BSOD error. Usually, these are:

  • Corrupted system files
  • Incompatible device drivers
  • Faulty hardware items
  • Incorrect software installations

You don’t need to be worried at all. This error is so common and it can be fixed. Just continue reading!

How to fix “IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL” error on Windows 10

Here are the solutions to fix the “IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL” error:

  • Check USB device connections
  • Fix the Windows file system
  • Fix Disk errors
  • Disable Disk caching
  • Re-installing IRST drivers
  • Updating network drivers

Solution 01 — Check USB Devices

usb port

Faulty USB devices and USB connection issues can cause the IRQL BSOD error; therefore, I suggest you remove all USB devices and plug only the necessary devices (keyboard and mouse) back to see if the error still appears.

If nothing happened, then it might be one of the USB devices that causes the blue screen error. (You can plug the rest one-by-one to find out which one is faulty.)

Solution 02 — Scan & fix Windows 10 system files

As I mentioned earlier, the corrupted system files are one of the biggest reasons for the IRQL blue screen error so here is how to check your computer’s file system and how to fix it.

  1. Use Windows search to open command prompt as Administrator (Right click -> select Run as Administrator)
  2. Type this command and press ENTER
sfc /scannow
CMD - scan system files

This might take a few minutes depending on the resources of your computer and the file system so sit there and wait until it gets completed.

After that, restart your computer and see if the problem still exists.

Solution 03 — Fix Disk issues

Like system files, hard drive disks (C/D/E, etc.) with issues can also trigger the IRQL blue screen error. Do this to scan them and to fix them if there happens to be something wrong:

  1. Open Command prompt as Administrator
  2. Type the below command and press the ENTER button
CHKDSK /F /R C:
CMD - Check disk

After that, it will check for any disk errors and fix them automatically. Once finished, you can restart your computer.

Solution 04 — Disable disk caching

Enabling caching in Windows 10 improves PC performance; however, sometimes it leads to some blue screen errors like the “IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL”.

Windows 10 comes with Write caching enabled by default. This only means that you have to disable it manually. If you’re wondering about that, here is how:

  1. Use Windows search and type “device manager
  2. From the results, click on ‘Device manager
  3. From the list of devices, expand ‘Disk drives
  4. Select the disk where Windows 10 is installed
  5. Right click on it and select ‘Properties

In the properties window, go to the ‘policies‘ tab then uncheck the box ‘Enable write caching on this device’.

Disk properties

Now, do the same for the other disk drives as well. After doing so, restart your computer.

Solution 05 — Reinstall IRST drivers (Not for AMD users)

IRST (also known as Intel Rapid Storage Technology) is a driver that enhances the device’s storage performance and protection (read more). Also, it helps to prevent a lot of errors like this.

So if you haven’t installed IRST drivers yet or the IRST driver installed on your computer is outdated, then it is time for you to install the latest IRST driver! To do that:

  1. First, head over to your motherboard/laptop manufacturer’s website;
  2. Select your model, then go to downloads page;
  3. Download and install IRST on your computer; and
  4. Restart your computer

Since it is difficult to give a specified guide to your computer/laptop, I included some links here so you can just go directly to the manufacturer’s website and download the IRST driver.

Desktop users (most popular)Laptop users (most popular)
AsusAsus
GigabyteAcer
MSIHP
AsrockDell
IntelLenovo
MSI
(Please report us for broken links)

Solution 07 — Update network drivers

This is a bit rare but still a possible cause of the “IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL” blue screen error in Windows 10. To avoid this from happening, it is better to update network drivers and check whether the problem exists or not.

  • Use the above table to go to the driver download page for your PC/laptop
  • Give your motherboard/laptop model and download network drivers
  • Install it and restart your computer

Solution 08 — Boot into Safe mode and check for faulty RAM

Faulty RAM is one of the most common causes that triggers the “IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL” error. To address this concern, check if the RAM installed on your computer is working fine.

To do that, you have to boot into safe mode first. Here is how:

  • Go to settings
  • Then go to ‘Update and Recovery
  • From the left menu, select ‘Recovery
  • In recovery, click on “Restart now” under “Advanced Startup
Advanced Startup

After, Windows 10 will restart to advanced startup options.

Once Windows restarts, you will see three options there. From them, click on troubleshoot, then advanced options.

Troubleshoot

Another list of options will show up; click the Startup Settings, and Restart.

Startup settings

Then, Windows 10 will boot into safe mode.

Now, do the following:

  • Use windows search and type ‘Windows memory’
  • From the results open ‘Windows memory diagnostic’
  • Click ‘Restart now and check for problems
Windows memory diagnostic

Your computer will restart again and Windows memory diagnostic will start checking errors in memory elements (RAM). This might take a long time so do it when you have time to check for the errors that could appear after the scan.

Once finished, your computer will restart again and if Windows memory diagnostic found any error, then you might need to consider to change the RAM and check if the problem is solved.

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You are connected to the internet but you get the following error when running Windows 10 update:

“We couldn’t connect to the update service. We’ll try again later, or you can check now. If it still doesn’t work, make sure you’re connected to the Internet.”

If this is the case, then this guide is for you!

This article contains all the solutions to this error. Continue reading!

How to Fix “we couldn’t connect to the update service” Error in Windows 10

This error usually occurs when your computer/laptop can’t connect with the Microsoft servers. The following might cause the issue:

  1. Your internet connection;
  2. A 3rd party software which blocks the connection with the Microsoft update servers;
  3. your computer’s network configurations;
  4. Your computer’s system files

So before going to solve the problems, you need to verify these first:

  1. You are very well connected to the internet;
  2. You have enough space on your hard drive (to download updates); and
  3. Your internet connection have a decent speed (at least 1mbps)

Are all these clear? If yes, then let’s see how to fix the “we couldn’t connect to the update service” Error.


Solution 01 — Disable applications that block the connection between Microsoft servers and your PC

Disable Antivirus/Firewall

In most cases, what blocks the connection is the antivirus software; therefore, try to disable any antivirus software installed on your PC first.

After doing so, you can re-initiate the Windows update to see whether the “we couldn’t connect to the update service” still occurs or not. Keep in mind to enable it again once the update is completed.

If you still get the error, you can try to disable the Windows firewall (keep in mind to re-enable) or any other third-party firewall application if installed (such as Glassware) and check again.


Solution 02 — Set the DNS Adress correctly

Misconfigured DNS addresses can cause the “we couldn’t connect to the update service” error. Given this, you have to manually change the DNS address correctly to solve this issue.

How to configure DNS Address correctly

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Open network connections settings

Open Run Dialog box (Press Windows key + R) then type “ncpa.cpl” and press Enter button to open Windows 10 Network connections.

  1. Change the adapter (connection) settings

In the network connection window, right-click on the connection you are using (Wi-Fi/ethernet(cable) connection) then click on properties.

It will open up the connection properties. From the list, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on properties.

In the IPv4 properties window, click on “Use the following DNS server addresses” and type the following DNS addresses in it.

  • Preferred DNS server: 8.8.8.8
  • Alternate DNS server: 8.8.4.4

Once you type the addresses, click OK to save the settings. Don’t forget to run the update again to check whether the problem is solved. (If not, revert the changes and go to the next solution.)


Solution 03 — Restart Windows Update Service

If the Windows update service is off, then it will lead to the “we couldn’t connect to the update service” error.

So you have to enable it if it is stopped. Here is how to do that:

  1. Open Run dialog box and type “Services.msc” to open Windows services
  2. In Services, look for “Windows Update” (see the image above) and double click on it
  3. It will open up the properties window

In there, if the service status has stopped, click on start and set the startup type to Automatic. After this, click the Apply button to save the settings.

That’s it. Now you can run the update again to see if the problem is solved.


Solution 04 — Turn Off proxy setup

If the proxy setup is turned on, every data could go through a proxy. This is a bit technical thing but the solution is to turn off the proxy setup.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Go to Windows Settings, then Network & Internet;
  2. From the left side, select Proxy; and
  3. Then Turn off Automatically detect settings.
Turn it OFF

Now you have to disable using a proxy server from internet properties (if you are using a LAN connection). To do that, here’s how:

Step 01 – Open Run dialog box (Windows key + R) and type “inetcpl.cpl” then press Enter;

Step 02 – It will open up internet properties. From there go to the connection tab;

Step 03 – Click on LAN Settings;

Step 04 – LAN settings windows will be opened and uncheck the box “Use a proxy server for your LAN”; and

Step 05Keep the “Automatically detect settings” and click the OK button to save settings.


Solution 05 — Reset Windows update components using CMD

You can reset Windows update components to default to solve the “we couldn’t connect to the update service” error.

There are 3 steps you need to follow.

  1. Stop 3 update components (services);
  2. Delete the update cache; and
  3. Start the components again

So as the first step says, let’s stop the 3 services.

Open CMD as administrator and execute the following commands one by one to stop the services.

net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptsvc
CMD - 1

Now, minimize the window because we need to start them again after deleting the cache.

As the 2nd step, let’s delete the windows update cache. Here is how to do that:

  1. Open Run dialog box (Press Windows key + R)
  2. Copy this path to the dialog box “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
  3. Press Enter
  4. It will take you to the Windows update cache folder. Select all and delete them
  5. If you have enabled recycle bin, don’t forget to delete them from that too

Now, you can start the services again to complete the reset.

Before that, open the minimized CMD and type the commands below and execute them one-by-one to reset the network configurations.

netsh winsock reset
netsh winsock reset proxy

Then, execute the following commands one-by-one to complete the reset:

net start bits
net start wuauserv
net start cryptsvc

At this point, restart the computer and try to update Windows to check if the “we couldn’t connect to the update service” error is fixed.


Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

If none of the above methods worked, you can run the Windows update troubleshooter. It will find the errors and fix them automatically so you need to just wait to complete the process.

Here is how to run the troubleshooter: (Note: These steps might be vary depending on the Windows 10 version you use but it is relatively the same)

  • Go to Windows Settings
  • Go to Update & Security, then Troubleshoot.
  • Click on Additional Troubleshooters
  • Then from the window, click on Windows Update

See the images below if you can’t find them.

Restart your computer after you finish troubleshooting. After this, run the Windows update again.

Now, your problem should be fixed!


Additional Solutions to Try

If there is anything wrong, there might be some other rare issues causing the “we couldn’t connect to the update service” error. Therefore, if such a thing happens, I recommend you to try other solutions below.

Here, we are going to solve these 2 issues:

  • Corrupted system files
  • Corrupted Disks

01: Check for corrupted system files

Corrupted system files can cause many issues and Update issues are just one of them.

Here is what you need to do to check for corrupted system files:

  • Search for cmd in Windows search.
  • From the resulsts, Right-click on Command Prompt, and select Run as Administrator.
  • In the Command Prompt, type “sfc/scannow” and press Enter button.
  • It will take some time to finish the process.
  • If there are issues with the computer’s files, the troubleshooter will try to automatically fix all the problems.
  • Restart your PC, and then Run the update again.
sfc/scannow

02: Check for corrupted disks

Corrupted disks are the same as corrupted files but at the disk level. It will cause a lot of headaches to you so it is better to check and get them fixed.

How to check for corrupted Disks and fix them:

  1. Open CMD As Administrator;
  2. In the CMD, type “chkdsk c: /r” and press Enter button;
  3. Wait untill the process complete, then restart your Computer; and
  4. Go and check for updates
chkdsk c: /r

That is the all solutions available on Earth now! Hope you get your problem fixed.

Leave a comment below if you have any questions regarding this guide. Don’t forget to share this too!

External Resource: Microsoft Help Forum

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Windows Digital license or Windows 10 digital activation if I say in more specific, is a term that we can see when we are going to activate Windows 10.

There are plenty of benefits you can get by properly activating Windows 10 rather than by just using it without an activation. Activating Windows 10 will allow the user to have more personalization options and better security.

To activate Windows 10, there are two (2) methods: one is Product key activation, and the other one is Digital activation. Which is explained in this article. 

Questions? No worries cause this got you covered!

What is Windows 10 Digital License?

As mentioned above, Windows 10 digital activation (Digital license) is a method of activating Windows 10. Like the Product key activation.

In Windows 8.1 and 7, there was only one way to activate them and that is to use a product key. But, in Windows 10, you can activate it without the use of a product key (one of the reasons why it is called the Digital Activation).

Most of the time, it doesn’t contain any key. You can buy the license online, and after you purchase it, it will activate you computer automatically.

The most important thing you need to know is that the windows 10 digital activation or the product key activation purchase will be associated with your computer’s motherboard once it’s activated.

Therefore, if you make a significant hardware change, you will have to reactivate Windows 10 manually in accordance to the activation method you followed.

How do I know what Windows 10 license I have?

Windows is not activated

If your Windows 10 copy is already activated and you want to check whether it’s a digital activation a Product key activation, just click the button below or go to:

In there you will see the activation status of your Windows 10 computer (see the image above). Now check which one among these appeared there.

Activation StatusIts Meaning
Windows is activatedYour windows is activated with the use of a product key, but a Microsoft account is not linked
Windows is activated with a digital licenseYour Windows is activated with the use of a digital license. Microsoft account is not linked to the digital license
Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft accountYour windows is activated with the use of a digital license. Microsoft account is linked to the digital license

But if it’s something like this, then your windows 10 PC is not activated properly. Therefore you are using a non-genuine copy of Windows 10 in your computer.

windows is not activated

Keep in mind that using a non-genuine copy of Windows 10 is violating Microsoft’s license agreement. For more information, read Microsoft’s software license terms: Windows operating systems

If you do not want to read the entire document, go and see the section you want to read from here: Benefits of activating Windows 10

Difference Between Windows 10 Digital Activation and Product Key Activation

There are two(2) things that make Windows 10 digital activation different from product key activation;

  1. How you purchased the Windows 10 license.
  2. How you can reactivate Windows 10 after a hardware change.

1. The way you Purchase/Upgrade Windows 10 License will determine whether you get Windows 10 Digital license

purchase windows 10 from Microsoft store app

The way you purchasing/upgrading Windows 10 license/activation will determine whether you are getting Windows 10 digital activation or Windows 10 product key activation.

If you purchase windows 10 from:

  • Microsoft Store App
  • A seller who sells digital copies (keys)

OR

  • Upgrading your genuinely activated Windows 7 or 8.1 copy to Windows 10 for free.
  • Being a Windows Insider and upgrading to the newest Windows 10 Insider Preview build on an eligible device that was running an activated earlier version of Windows and Windows 10 Preview.
  • Upgrade your Windows 10 Home to pro from the Microsoft Store app.

Then you will get Windows 10 digital license activation for you Windows copy.

How to Reactivate Windows 10 After a Hardware Change.

Windows 10 digital activation troubleshooter

The second thing that makes Windows 10 digital activation different from product key activation is the method you should follow to reactivate Windows 10 once you change your computer’s motherboard.

As I said earlier, once activated Windows 10, your license will be associated with your computer’s motherboard. Therefore it will automatically reactivate even after you reinstall Windows 10 on the same computer

But when you have to change your computer’s motherboard or send your computer to a repair shop, If your motherboard removed, your windows 10 activation will be revoked because of the motherboard replacement.

if such a thing happens, you have to reactivate Windows 10 once again manually. So the method you should follow to reactivate Windows 10 will be depend on the activation you had (digital license activation/product key activation)

You can see how to do that at the end of this article.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Windows 10 Digital license activation

advantages and disadvantages of windows 10 digital license

Advantages

The biggest advantage of Windows 10 digital activation is that you can purchase it for a lower price compared to a box of Windows 10 copy.

There are Windows 10 digital license keys that are as cheap as $15, which you will never be able to see in a local store or from the Microsoft Official Website.

One of the possible reasons behind its low price is that some sellers sell Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) keys – which is not actually an illegal way to purchase and activate Windows 10.

Once you activate Windows 10 with one of those OEM keys, you can get a digital entitlement for your copy of Windows 10 right away. And again, this is the cheapest possible way to activate Windows 10 today.

Disadvantages

There is no remarkable disadvantage when it comes to the Windows 10 digital activation. The thing you need to know and to remember is that you must add a Microsoft account with your digital license; otherwise, you won’t be able to reactivate Windows 10 after a significant hardware (motherboard) change.

Reactivate Windows 10 Digital license After a Motherboard Change

If you are lookin to get a digital license, it is insanely important to know how to reactivate in the event of a hardware change to save your money from spending to buy another license.

So if you don’t know how to add a Microsoft account to your computer, click on the link here. Because your Microsoft account will be the key to reactivate your computer after a significant hardware change.

After adding a Microsoft account, from the link above you can also know what you need to do to reactivate Windows 10.

Although you can use Windows 10 Operating System without a license, there are a few yet likable benefits of activating Windows 10 you won’t get when it’s unactivated.

So, if your copy of Windows 10 is not activated yet or you just activated your Windows 10 recently and you want to know what are the benefits you get by spending your money on activating Windows 10, then, keep reading! You will find everything you need to know in this article.

What Are the Benefits of Activating Windows 10

Before you go any further, remember that the benefits of activating Windows 10 can change from time to time; therefore, this article will keep you posted on the changes in the features of an activated Windows 10. For now, here are the benefits that you can get as of 2021/04:

01. Personalization settings will be unlocked

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One of the main benefits of activating Windows 10 is that you can get all the options and features in the personalization settings.

You know very well that you cannot change wallpapers, windows colors and themes the way you want on an unactivated Windows 10 because the personalization settings is greyed out.

But, once you decided to activate your Windows 10, all the features will be unlocked and you will be able to personalize your Windows 10 PC in any way you want it.

Below are the options you get in the personalization feature once you activate Windows 10:

  • Wallpaper
  • Colors
  • Themes
  • Lock screen
  • Fonts

02. “Activate Windows” watermark will be removed

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This is not actually a benefit of activating Windows 10; hence, it is more like something you want to get rid of once you activate your Windows 10.

Surely, the watermark is such a nuisance to you if you are using Windows 10 for free; especially when you play computer games or watch movies.

To address this concern, there are some other ways to remove “Activate Windows” watermark without the need to activate Windows 10, but none of them are long term solutions, plus the fact that they also violate Microsoft Terms and Conditions.

Read Microsoft’s Software License terms from here

03. You will get optional updates addition to the critical updates

windows 10 optional updates

While unactivated Windows 10 users only get critical updates, users of activated Windows 10 can get all the critical updates and optional updates as well.

This might seem not a big deal since you can receive all the critical updates that your Windows 10 PC needs, but OS activation makes Windows 10 more stable. It is because, like driver updates, it keep all your devices, with your Windows 10 PC, properly working all the time.

04. Security improvements

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Some of you might think that the use of inauthentic operating systems will not cause any security problems.

If you think it that way, then you are wrong. Using an unactivated Windows 10 or any Windows operating system can put your device at risk.

Here is what Microsoft says;

Running a non-genuine copy of Windows can put you at greater risk for viruses and other security threats

Therefore, the best thing to do is to activate your device and ensure your device is well-secured from viruses and other threats.

How Long Can You Use Windows 10 Without Activation

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Mentioned earlier in this article are the benefits of activating Windows 10, and now you know that there are only a few benefits you can get once you decide to activate your Windows 10. So, it is up to you whether you want to spend your money to activate Windows 10 or not.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Windows 10 activation;

  1. How long can you use Windows 10 without activation?
  2. Is it illegal to use Windows 10 without activating it?
  3. What can you do about an unactivated Windows?

Using Windows 10 Without Activation (How Long You Can Use Unactivated Windows 10)

Microsoft did not state in its license agreement or on its website that Windows 10 cannot be used for free. In short, you can use it as long as you want to.

And, with the exception of some features mentioned above, everything that can be done on an activated Windows 10 OS can also be done on an unactivated Windows 10 OS.

Is it illegal to use Windows 10 without activate?

Is it illegal to use Windows 10 without activate
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If you are worried about using Windows 10 without activating it, the information below are very useful for you to know.

Microsoft did not impose any restrictions on using Windows 10 without activating it. As mentioned above in this article, you can use it but with limited features and the “Windows 10 not activated” watermark might bother you.

Nonetheless, you have to keep in mind that using an unactivated Windows 10 does not comply with Microsoft’s license agreement. (Click here to read the Windows License Agreement)

So, if you are concerned about going against Microsoft’s License Agreement, you can simply purchase a product key or digital license (entitlement) and enjoy all the benefits of an activated Windows 10.

Myths of Using Windows 10 Without Activation

Myths of Using Windows 10 Without Activation

So far, you are acquainted with the benefits of activating Windows 10 and the things that can happen if you use an unactivated Windows 10.

To equip you with more knowledge on these, here are some of the myths that a lot of people believe into about the use of an unactivated Windows 10.

Does Unactivated Windows 10 Run Slower?

does unactivated windows 10 run slower

One of the most commonly heard myths is that Microsoft deliberately slows down on an unactivated Windows 10.

So, to check whether it is one of the benefits of activating Windows 10, a performance test was conducted between an unactivated Windows 10 PC and an activated Windows 10 PC; both of the PCs have the same specifications.

During the test, there was no observable difference in terms of performance of both PCs used. They both performed the same.

So, the bottom line is that there is no slowing down that happens when you use an unactivated Windows 10 Operating System.

Is an Unactivated Windows 10 Safe?

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Some people think that the risk of malwares and other security threats on a PC using an unactivated Windows 10 is higher than the risks on a PC that has an activated Windows 10.

Since there are no reliable tests conducted like the previous one (Does Unactivated Windows 10 Make PC Run Slower), we cannot say for sure if such a thing is true or not.

But, what can be guaranteed is that your PC is safe as long as you are careful in using internet and also wary of the external devices such as USB flash drives, external hard drives, etc. that you use to insert in your PC.

How to Activate Microsoft Windows 10

Up to this section of the article, you are already well aware of the benefits of activating Windows 10, and whether you can use Windows 10 without activating it for a long time, and some of the myths about using an unactivated Windows 10.

After reading all of this, now you might be thinking of activating your Windows 10 copy and get all of its benefits.

If so, you can use the below link & go to the article to know the methods of activating Windows 10.

Find Your Product Key

I think I got all your questions covered regarding the benefits of activating Windows 10. Have a nice day!

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