Using KMS to Activate Windows 10 and 11: Why it’s Illegal

If you’re looking for ways to activate your Windows 11 operating system without breaking the law, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll show you how to activate Windows 11 using a legal method that’s meant for organizational use. We’ll also discuss why using KMS activation or any third-party activator is not only illegal but also risky.

Before we dive into the activation process, let’s first clarify some things.

Is KMS Activation Illegal?

Yes, using KMS activation is illegal if you don’t have the explicit permission of Microsoft. KMS activation involves using an unofficial server to validate your product key. The product key used is a Generic Volume License Key (GVLK), which you can find on the Download Windows page.

While many websites claim that their KMS activation method is legal and official, the truth is that they’re just trying to lure unsuspecting users into downloading their activator tools. While KMS activation can successfully activate Windows, it comes with risks, including exposing your system to viruses, malware, and other security threats.

Example: Activating Windows 11 for Free and Permanently

Now, let’s get to the good part – how to activate Windows 11 for free and permanently. Here are the steps:

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  1. Open CMD in Admin mode.
    To do this, type “cmd” in the start menu, then right-click on the Command Prompt app and select “Run as administrator”.
  2. Type and enter the command “slmgr /ipk W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX” in the command prompt.
    This command installs the product key on your Windows system. The product key in this example is for the Windows 10 and Windows 11 Pro Volume editions. You can find the official product key on the KMS Activation and Product Keys page.
  3. Type and run the command “slmgr /skms”.
    This command sets the KMS server to (which is not owned by Microsoft).
  4. Type and run the command “slmgr /ato”.
    This command validates the activation online through the new server. If your internet connection fails, repeat the command until it succeeds.

Is KMS Activation Safe?

While KMS activation is technically illegal, it’s still considered safer than downloading and using third-party activators. KMS activation allows the license to last up to 180 days (6 months). After that, Windows will revalidate the license with the KMS server and renew it for another 180 days.

However, it’s worth noting that using KMS activation can still expose your system to risks, as it involves communicating with unofficial servers.

Is KMS Activation Dangerous?

Yes, using KMS activation is a violation of Microsoft’s policies and can lead to legal consequences, including hefty fines. If you’re using Windows in a business or organizational setting, using pirated software can also result in the loss of customer trust and damage to your reputation.

Why Doesn’t Microsoft Fix This?

It’s unclear why Microsoft doesn’t patch their Windows systems to prevent KMS activation. Some speculate that it’s a strategic move to keep users from switching to other free operating systems. Others argue that Microsoft simply can’t keep up with the many variations of KMS activation and third-party activators.

Can KMS Servers Track Your Computer?

Yes, KMS servers can track your Windows system, including your IP address. However, it’s unclear whether KMS servers collect other data, such as your computer’s name or device type.

How to Activate Windows with an Original Product Key

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If you have a Windows 7 or Windows 10 product key, whether it’s unofficial or you’ve purchased an official OEM or Retail product key, you can activate it using the steps below.

For Windows 10 users:

  1. Open Settings, which can be found in the Start menu.
  2. Select the Update & Security menu > Activation.
  3. Click on Change Product Key.
  4. Enter the key, click Next, and then Activate.

For Windows 11 users:

  • Open Settings, which can be found in the Start menu.
  • Select the System (left-hand side) > Activation (right-hand side) menu.
  • Click on Change under Product Key.
  • Enter the key, click Next, and then Activate.

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