How to Check Windows Genuine or Cracked

If you purchase Windows from Microsoft and install it on your computer with your own then it is definite that your Windows is original. But, on the other hand, if any computer shop operates those tasks for your computer, it may be possible that they change the original product key which you give and replace it with a duplicate one to activate the Windows with the help of activation software. The computer shop steals the original activation code without your consciousness. Now, how do you check and know that your Windows is genuine and activated by the original product key or it is activated with the help of activation software or tools? To check Windows genuine or cracked, follow the special method below.

If you are thinking that going to the properties of ‘This PC’ can help you then you are completely wrong. You cannot check whether your Windows is genuinely activated or by activation tools through the properties. Both of the scenarios the same message is displayed “Windows is activated”. It can’t show the real status of activation. But don’t worry. There is a way to check whether your Windows is original or try to make it original by using activation tools.

Windows Genuine or Cracked can't be checked by windows "This PC" properties.

How to check the Windows is Genuine or Cracked?

To know how your Windows is activated, the process is pretty simple. Press Windows key + R key to open “Run”. In Run, type “CMD” and then click ok.

CMD can help you to check Windows Genuine or Cracked

In command prompt window, type this command “slmgr.vbs /dli” and press enter.

Type the particular command

If your windows are activated by the original product key, a pop-up message comes to the screen saying this. Although I am using the OEM channel of Windows 10 if you are using a retail version then this message could be different a bit.

This message for OEM windows
This message for OEM windows

But if the Windows is activated by any activation software and duplicate product key, a very long descriptive pop up message comes to the screen saying this.

This Message for pirated windows
This Message for pirated windows

It is mentionable if the message shows any type of duration like I have shown you previously, it is guaranteed that the Windows is activated by some kind of activation software and duplicate product key.

I never recommend you to use the cracked version of Windows. It can be harmful to your data. Generally cracked versions create vulnerabilities for hackers. Remember nowadays, it is not important to activate windows. You can easily use non-activated windows without any problem besides some of the sacrifices. You can check this article to know what you have to consider in non-activated Windows.

Therefore, this is all about “How to check your Windows is genuine or not?”. I hope you all understand all the information regarding this topic. Thank you for appreciating my work.

Soumyajit Das

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