3 Types Of Windows Licenses & How To Tell What’s License Of Your Windows

Windows is the most used operating systems by people around the world, probably there are hundred millions of computers use Microsoft owned operating system. The Operating system developed by Microsoft is widely known by users as the operating system with abundant features and superiorities that are not found in other operating system, moreover Windows operating system has a very easy to use interface and easily understood even by a beginner.

Speaking about Windows, you can not ignore its license. For using Windows at maximum, of course a user, must buy a license provided by Microsoft. But there is one big question, is the license cheap or expensive? To answer that you need to firstly know the type of Windows licenses you want to buy, from the information taken from tenforums.com, this Bill Gates’s operating system has three licenses. So what are they?

3 Type of Windows licenses and their advantages and drawbacks

Let’s read the whole explanations about Windows licenses below.

1. Retail

Windows Retail License
Retail or oftentimes called FPP (Full Package Product) is one of the official Windows licenses released by Microsoft. This license can be obtained in Microsoft Store or a licensed retail store that sells Windows licenses officially. Usually this type of license is a physic license, that means you will get a box, a DVD or flash disk, product keys, etc. But if you buy it via online you only get a product key.

The good thing about Retail License is you can transfer the license to another PC. So if you change laptop or desktop, you still can use this license without problem. Microsoft will also give a full support to this license. So, if something went wrong, you can contact Microsoft customer service.

But this license is not cheap, it’s very expensive. For example if you’re thinking to buy a Windows 10 Home license then you must prepare about $140 but with that price you will enjoy a full support from Microsoft.

2. OEM

Windows OEM License

OEM is Original Equipment Manufacture is a type of license released by a vendor company, whereas the license is sticked to hardware products (Laptop or Desktop) provided by vendor. This license can be a good saving money solution if want to use original product and legal because we can simply choose a computer that supports this type of license.

But, there is a few drawbacks if using this license, you can not transfer the license to another computer. And Microsoft doesn’t support it because the full right of this license is entirely owned by vendor. So if there is technical problems, you can’t contact Microsoft, instead contacting vendor.

3. Volume

Windows Volume License

The third license is Volume. This type of license is usually targeting business or company who operates many computers. Microsoft sell this type of license to company so they can install to many computers at once. How many PC is determined with the deal between the company and Microsoft.

Volume License can be activated on more than one computer, regarding how many computers can be activated by this license depends on Volume License Agreements made by the company and Microsoft or license seller. And this license is usually exerted on Windows 10 Enterprise Edition.

Is it cheap or expensive?

Back to the big question we asked previously, a cheap Windows, its license is original or not? The answer is relied on on three licenses the Windows is using. Of course it won’t be Retail license for a cheap license. A big chance it’s OEM or Volume license, or could be Retail but has been cracked or stolen. Is the cracked or stolen Retail license original? Of course it is, and is it legal or illegal? It is legal because it was Microsoft who released the license.

But if you use Volume or OEM, it’s not legal, because the licenses weren’t meant for personal usage. But some people regard it unethical not going far to label it as illegal, they say the process of obtaining the license is unethical (not illegal) because not from the right source.

Basically all Windows licenses are original, because the licenses were published by Microsoft. But, the only differences are the way to get them, whether getting them rightfully or unrightfully. But it’s your call, whether to derive it from right source or not, because it’s all about choice.

How to know what Windows License your computer is using?

After you have fully acknowledged the three types of Windows licenses, then you might wonder about the active license type on your own Windows operating system. For that, you can easily find out the license type of Windows installed on your computer. You don’t need to bother yourself contacting Microsoft or the seller where you bought your machine.

To check your Windows license type, it takes a short trip which is executing the command line on Command Prompt. Then you will find the notification about your Windows license type, whether it’s Retail, OEM or Volume.

How to know if my Windows License is Retail, OEM, or Volume?

Firstable, you must open Command Prompt as Administrator (Run As Administrator), then copy or type the following command line.

slmgr -dli

Then you will get the detailed information about your Windows license like on the following command prompt window.

See Windows License Type

Windows free license for 180-days trial

Microsoft gives you chance to taste its great operating system for 30 days only. Once it’s expired, you can no longer use some features such as to personalize your computer. And the trial license is legal, however you can not extend its period. In that case, there is nothing you can do unless you use an alternative method, which is to use KMS License.

KMS License plays similar like trial license and can only works for 180 days only. But the good thing is can be renewed without limit on number of activation. You can extend the trial period unlimitedness that means for good. And the following is the latest yet official list of product keys from Microsoft itself.

Operating system edition KMS Client Setup Key
Windows 10 Pro W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
Windows 10 Pro N MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations NRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations N 9FNHH-K3HBT-3W4TD-6383H-6XYWF
Windows 10 Pro Education 6TP4R-GNPTD-KYYHQ-7B7DP-J447Y
Windows 10 Pro Education N YVWGF-BXNMC-HTQYQ-CPQ99-66QFC
Windows 10 Education NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
Windows 10 Education N 2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ
Windows 10 Enterprise NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
Windows 10 Enterprise N DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4
Windows 10 Enterprise G YYVX9-NTFWV-6MDM3-9PT4T-4M68B
Windows 10 Enterprise G N 44RPN-FTY23-9VTTB-MP9BX-T84FV

You are free to use the License to activate your Windows for free. In case you don’t know how to do it, you can learn the full instructions written on this post.

Hopefully this post is useful for you and if you have any question please write your question on the provided comment area and I will do the best I can to respond you.

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