How To Activate Windows 11 Without Product Keys (2024)

The new Microsoft Windows 11 somehow carries a similar user interface and start menu like Windows 10X. For quite some time Microsoft was working on making it more user-friendly for the dual-screen systems before abandoning such a project in favor of this. Many new features have been added to the taskbar. What has not changed is the activation process and the keys. This is why we have written a detailed guide on how to activate Windows 11 for free permanently without a product key.

If you are new to this process, do not worry at all! It is totally safe and only uses a genuine key to get you going so you do not see a watermark on the display. We have also shared a method that goes over our custom Windows 11 activation script that you can download and run that automates the whole process.

Which Windows 11 Version can be activated for free?

Windows 11 Acitvation Support

There are so many different variants for every use case. However, there are various aspects of the interface that look the same causing confusion! The start menu comes with a simpler version but does not have any live tiles, pinnable apps recently used files, or the option to quickly shut down or restart the system. To put the long story short it is straight when compared with Windows 10. Some notable differences include:

  • The icons of programs have been centered
  • The tray area has been tidied up.
  • A new start button has been added.
  • A new start menu has been added.

If the user is however not satisfied with the start menu and icons in the center then they can always be dragged to the left. When one is in the dark mode then it becomes a more polished version of Windows 10 rather than something new.

The best thing you do not need is an activation key.

It works for all editions including the following:

  1. Windows 11 Home.
  2. Windows 11 Pro.
  3. Windows 11 Education.
  4. Windows 11 Enterprise.

How To Activate Windows 11 For Free Without Product Key (All Versions)

Activate Windows 11 via CMD (Batch File Method)

  • Type “CMD” in search.
  • After this click on “Run as administrator”.

Open Command Prompt


  • Click right on “command prompt” and select “Run as Administrator”.

Windows 11 CMD Activation

Windows 11 Activation Batch File

Use KMS Client

  • Enter command:
slmgr /ipk yourgenuinekey
  • Hit enter.

Like if one is using Windows 11 Education then one needs to enter the following command:


Once the KMS client has been installed, you need to activate Windows using the CMD prompt all for free.

  • Enter code slmgr /ato on the next line.
  • Hit enter to activate windows immediately.

Confirm that Windows have been successfully activated.

  • Go to “settings” and then click on “Activation”.

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Windows 11 Free Activators – Should you Download?

Another method is also preset to activate version 11 by using these.

The best ones are:

  • KMSPico.
  • Microsoft Toolkit.

The best thing is that one does not need to keep any of this software after use.

Windows shall remain activated, even when uninstalled.

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Microsoft ToolKit – Recommended

To start:

  • Disable anti-virus and Windows Defender protection temporarily.

Do Not Skip: This is important as the anti-virus shall not allow it to modify the system registry which is required for Windows activation.

  • After this search for “Windows Defender settings and click it“.

Microsoft ToolKit

  • Turn off the “real-time protection”.
  • Once done, download Microsoft ToolKit.
  • Once downloaded, unzip the file and install it (the password is DekiSoft-Scripts).
  • Next, Open “software”, and click “Windows icon” which is beside the settings button.
  • After this click on the “product keys” tab and select “product and edition”.
  • Hit install.
  • After this, you need to go to the “activation tab”, select “KMS service” and hit “install”.
  • Click “activate”.

Note: Click on E-Z Activator if it does not work.

KMSPico – Top Alternative

Windows 11 KMSPico Activator

  1. Under Windows, defender settings disable “Real-Time Protection”. If you have any other antivirus, please stop it temporarily.
  2. Download “KMSPico”.
  3. Unzip and install it. (The password is DekiSoft)
  4. Once installed, open it.
  5. Click the “red button” and it shall be activated.

Windows 11 Activation Script v1.3

Windows 11 Activation Script

We do recommend this as this method is also used to activate Windows 10.

Remember: It involves the use of .bat file.

  • Save the file as “activator.bat” and pick up all the files in the form of file type.
  • Click right on file and run as administrator.
  • After this, you must wait a bit for the command prompt to complete the code.
  • As you get the message on whether to restart the system, press “Y” and hit “enter”.

After this, your system shall restart and be activated.


19/03/2022: You are no longer required to reboot your computer to apply the activation. It automatically happens and the script is much safer due to reliability improvements added increasing the chance of a successful run by over 20%.

Format: .txt.

Windows 11 Activation Script Download

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How To Remove Activate Windows 11 Watermark

You will see this watermark on your display if you have not activated and your trial period has expired. This stops you from changing your wallpapers which get reset upon reboot.

  • Open the Run dialog box by pressing “Windows + R” from the keyboard.
  • In here, type “Regedit”.
  • Hit “enter” to open the Windows registry editor.
  • Make sure to first back up the registry database and then go to the following key:
Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
  • Look for the PaintDesktopVersion Dword key on the right panel.
  • Double-click on the value “PaintDesktopVersion”.
  • After this change the value from 1 to 0.
  • Hit “OK” to save changes.
  • After this close the registry editor.
  • Restart the system.
  • Check to see if there is any activated Windows 11 watermark on the desktop.

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Disclaimer: This guide is shared here only for educational and informational purposes. Anything you do with the information is at your own risk.

The Importance of keeping Windows 11 activated

It is very important that you follow the above guide about how to activate Windows 11 without a product key. If you don’t, you will not receive any important security patches or feature updates from Microsoft to your PC or Laptop. The alternative solution we have is to use the Windows 11 activation script or batch file that comes in a (txt) format. Whichever you end up using do leave some positive feedback below!

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Lee White
Lee is currently a full-time writer at DekiSoft that is eager to discover new and exciting advancements in Technology, Software, Linux and Cyber Security. Lee has spent the past 18 years working as an Systems Engineer providing support for various operating systems and networks. When not at his desk or writing, you will find him tinkering with retro tech.


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