How to check windows is genuine or cracked | simple steps

Have you ever check that you are using a genuine windows 10? What happened if we use a pirated version of windows? Are you wondering to know how to check windows is genuine or cracked?

Then follow the below guide till the end to know more about windows 10 is genuine or not. Here I describe three methods to check, you are using a genuine windows 10.

And below in this article, I discuss some faq's and the difference between genuine and pirated windows 10 operating systems. So friends stay with me till the end of this article to know more details about this topic. 

What you learn from this article:

How to check windows 10 is original or pirated?

The easiest way to check you are using genuine windows or not by the system settings.

How to check windows is genuine or cracked | simple steps

  • Click on the start button and then select Settings.

How to check windows is genuine or cracked | simple steps

  • In the Settings option find and click on Update & security.

How to check windows is genuine or cracked | simple steps

  • Then click on the Activation from the left side menu bar.

  • In the activation menu, if you find windows is activated with a digital license link to your Microsoft account. Then your windows 10 is original and the copy is genuine.

Related Reading: How to update drivers in windows 10?


how to check windows is genuine or cracked using cmd

The second method to check your windows 10 is genuine or not by using the command prompt. You just need to enter a command in cmd.

And you will find your result. In cmd, there are two methods to check windows 10 is genuine or not. So let’s discuss how you can do it.

1St CMD Method

  • Click on the search bar and type CMD.

How to check windows is genuine or cracked | simple steps

  • Then select Run as administrator.
  • The Cmd window will open.

How to check windows is genuine or cracked | simple steps

  • Now type the command “slmgr.vbs/xpr.” A windows script host pop-up opens, and you will see the message The machine is permanently activated. That means your windows 10 is genuine.

2ND CMD Method

  • Run cmd as an administrator.
  • Now type the command “slmgr.vbs/dli”.

How to check windows is genuine or cracked | simple steps

  • You will see a pop-up. Just check if license status is licensed and show partial product key, then your windows 10 is genuine.

If your windows 10 is not genuine, then you will find the third-party activator name with the renewal date.


Check windows 10 is genuine by Run Toolbox.

This method is also the same as cmd. This is also the most accessible way to check by typing some commands in the Run dialog box.

How to check windows is genuine or cracked | simple steps

  • Just type Windows key + R to open the RUN dialog box.
  • Now type “slmgr.vbs /dli”. Then press ENTER.
  • A windows script host pop-up opens.
  • If you find the license is licensed and show a partial product key, then your windows 10 is genuine.

So these are the methods with the help of which you can easily check your windows 10 is genuine or not.

Now I am going to give you a little information about what is the difference between the original and pirated version of windows 10.

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Difference between genuine and pirated windows 10

Here the most significant difference between the genuine and pirated version of windows is your security.

Suppose you downloaded a cracked version of pre-activated windows 10 from torrent or any other sources. And obviously, you install windows 10 on your system. But you can't feel anything when hackers steal your information.

Because, the crack version of windows 10 can contain various hidden malware, virus, and a bug that you can not find them.

On the other side if you use genuine Microsoft software then you are mostly safe. But remind that you need to update your system.

Related Reading: Does windows 10 need antivirus?

The second thing is that if you use a pirated version of windows, you never get the latest update after a few weeks.

And slowly you realize that your computer is running slow. But in the original version of windows, you get the latest update, and your pc runs faster all-time with full security.


FAQ's on windows is genuine

Below are some faq's related to how to check windows is genuine or cracked. Many people ask for these questions so I added them in this article for my readers.

Q1. How do I get the original Windows 10?

To get the original windows 10 you can visit Microsoft's official website and download windows 10 for free.

Q2. How to check the windows 10 product key?

windows 10 product key came with a DVD when you purchase your laptop or you can get it to your registered email.

But nowadays the product key is embedded with your computer BIOS. To know how you can get your OEM product key then you can follow my other guide on "how to find windows 10 product key".

Also, you can use showkeyplus for finding your embedded product key.

Q3. How do I get a genuine Windows 10 product key?

To get genuine versions of the windows 10 product key, you need to purchase online (Microsoft store, amazon, or Flipkart).

Q4. How many times can you use a Windows 10 key?

If you purchase an original windows 10 product key then you can use it for a lifetime.

If your product key type is OEM Then it works for a single system only. Because it's registered with a particular hardware ID. But if you have a Retail key then you can use it for a different system to activate.

Q5. how to make windows 10 genuine?

If you are using a pirated version of windows 10 and now you want to make your windows 10 genuine. To do that you need a product key. Just buy a product key from an online store and activate your windows with that key.

Now you are successfully converted your pirated windows 10 to a genuine windows 10. Also, you will get all features to update from Microsoft. Either you need to buy windows 10.

Final word

So friends that are the process to check your windows 10 is genuine or pirated. I think you must like these tips. If yes please share it with your friends.

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