How to Check Windows 10 is Genuine or Not Genuine

It is of utmost importance to make sure that you always use the genuine version of the windows operating system. So, in this tutorial, I am going to show you How to Check Windows 10 is Genuine or Not Genuine. You can check the status of your windows operatng system whether it is genuine or not, activated or not and so on.

Before moving on, You should understand that using any non genuine or pirated software can bring any kind of compromise or thread. The patch or crack may contain adware, malware, backdoor or viruses, that can possibly transfer important data to the hackers or any unauthorized person.

In addition, you can not leverage the full potential of your hardware if you are using non genuine version of the operation system.

Advantage of using Genuine Windows Operating System

There are numerous benefitis when using a properly licensed genuine version of any software in general and Operating System in specific.

Hence, below are some of the advantages of having a genuine copy of windows 10 operating system

  1. You can be certain that your computer is free from malware, backdoor or any unwanted or software that are danger to your data.
  2. You are legally in compliance.
  3. Genuine version provides real time security updates and patches as and when they are released.
  4. You do not need to bother about activation notifications
  5. You have access to the whole features of the particular Operating System
  6. You can get support from Microsoft in case if anything happens to your OS.
  7. Further, if you want to format your computer or for any other reason you want to change the computer, you can transfer the license to the new device.

Therefore, it is always important to make sure the operating system that you use is genuine and not a pirated one.

Now, let us see how to check windows is genuine or cracked

#Method 1: How to check windows 10 is genuine using cmd

This method shows you how to check windows 10 is genuine using cmd.

In this method, you can check your status of your opearing system using CMD.

So, open up your command prompt from your windows icon. Below image shows you how to open Command Prompt

How to Open Command Prompt in Windows 10.
How to Open Command Prompt in Windows 10.

Or you can press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box. Then type cmd and click OK.

Open CMD using Run Dialog Box.
Open CMD using Run Dialog Box.

Once you open Command Prompt, enter the command slmgr /xpr as shown below

How to check windows is genuine or not using cmd
How to check windows is genuine or not using cmd

Once you hit enter, you will have a pop up as follow

Windows Activation Status
Windows Activation Status

The message says that the machine is permanently activated. Using this method, rather we check the genuineness of the windows operating system, it shows the activation status of the windows operating system.

So, based on this message you can be certain that your windows is permanently activated and require no further activation.

Using this method you can also check your Windows 7 and Windows 8 Operating Systems as well.

Let’s move on to the 2nd method.

#Method 2: How to check windows 10 is genuine or not

This method is quite straight forward to check the status of your windows activation.

Go to the start menu and click Settings as below

How to Access Settings in Windows 10
How to Access Settings in Windows 10

Once you click settings, you will be in the settings section as below

Update & Security options in Settings Window
Update & Security options in Settings Window

From here, click the Update and Security button as highlighted above. Once you click it, you will be taken to the below window

Windows 10 Activation Status Check
Windows 10 Activation Status Check

From the above window, as shown, Choose and Click Activation button. Once you click, you can see the status of your windows activation.

Here it shows Windows 10 Pro as the Edition and also the Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your microsoft account

So, this is the 2nd method you can use to check windows 10 is activated or not activated.

Because, in a more technical sense, activation and genuine are different and Windows successful activation does not always mean that the windows installed is genuine.

As per our internet search, the 3rd method is recommended as the most accurate method to check the genuineness of the Windows OS Instalation.

Let’s do that

#Method 3: How to Check Windows 10 is Genuine or Not Genuine

To check your windows genuine status using this method, Open CMD as mentioned in Method 1.

Then type Licensingdiag.exe in CMD and hit enter as shown below

Licensingdiag.exe an application Command in CMD
Licensingdiag.exe (an application) command in CMD

Once you hit enter, it will process as above and will create a .cab file as shown in the path above.

Locate the folder.

Once you locate the folder, inside the folder there is a folder by name SPP.

Open SPP folder

Note: You can use WinRar to extract the folder.

Generated Cab Folder
Generated Cab Folder

Once you open the SPP Folder, you can see following files inside the folder

SppDiagReport.xml File from Spp Folder
SppDiagReport.xml File from Spp Folder

From the above folder, open the file named SppDiagReport.xml using any text editor (i.e: notepad)

Once you open the SppDiagReport.xml file, it is thorough and has several details. From the sample file shown below, LocalGenuineState shows that SL_GEN_STATE_IS_GENUINE along with several other details.

Sample SppDiagReport.xml file
Sample SppDiagReport.xml file

Out of these 3 methods, 3rd method is more accurate to check whether windows 10 is genuine or not genuine. And alos we can use method 1 and 2 for checking the activation status.

If your OS passes, all these tests, you can be certain that the version of your windows OS is genuine and fully activated.

Try and let us know what is the status of your windows installation.

Feel free to share any other method that you know we can use to verify whether windows is genuine or not.

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