How to check if windows is activated Permanently?

By on October 26, 2012

This is going to be a very short post, but quite useful one.

If this doesn’t work, please check the comments for more information.

And if you still don’t get it, you can leave a comment. I will respond as soon as possible.

If you are using Windows XP, Click here to know your Activation Status.

Now to check if your windows is activated permanently or on a temporary basis, follow the instructions given below:

  • 1) Open Command Prompt.

If you know how to open command prompt then move to step no 2.

In Windows XP: Goto Start menu > Open Run > Type cmd > Hit enter.

In Windows 7 and 8: Goto start > Type cmd > Hit enter.

  • 2) Now enter the following command in the command prompt,


  • And wait for a second
  • Then a dialog box will appear which will tell you the status of your windows activation.

I hope this post was helpful to you guys. And if you like this post, please subscribe to the blog feed. Also if you have any questions or doubts feel free to comment below.

You may also like to read:

  1. Whats new in Windows 8 Professional ?
  2. The astounding features of Windows 8

About Omkar Bhagat

Omkar is the owner of Illustrator, YouTuber and Computer Engineer.
Subscribe To Blog Feed


  1. Ranjit

    October 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    slmgr/xpr is showing error in my command prompt……

    • Omkar Bhagat

      October 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Hello @disqus_C4KdCsUkTS:disqus What error is it showing up?
      Share the error message here, I’l try to help.

  2. Ranjit

    October 28, 2012 at 7:15 am

    windws cannot find’slmgr/xpr’…

    • Omkar Bhagat

      October 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Which windows are you using Ranjit?

      • Ranjit

        November 4, 2012 at 6:58 am

        I m using winsdows8 pro.

        while Checking my activation using ‘slmgr/xpr’… is showing error in my command prompt….

        • Omkar Bhagat

          November 4, 2012 at 7:40 am

          It should work in Windows 8 Pro. You can see the images in the article. It says Windows Professional.
          I am not sure why it isn’t working with your PC.
          I tried to put slmgr/xpr in ‘Run’ box. And it says,
          ‘Cannot find slmgr/xpr’
          But when i try to put it in Command Prompt. It works perfectly.

          I have upgraded Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8 Pro + Media Center. So now my activation status says: Windows Professional WMC is Permanently Activated.

          • Ranjit

            November 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm

            how to upgraded Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8 Pro ?

  3. arjun

    November 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]

    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:Documents and SettingsAdministrator>slmgr/xpr

    ‘slmgr’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,

    operable program or batch file.

    C:Documents and SettingsAdministrator>cd..

    C:Documents and Settings>cd..



    ‘slmgr’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,

    operable program or batch file.

    m using xp..

    • Omkar Bhagat

      November 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      I did some research now and figured out that this command doesn’t work in Windows XP but only in Windows Server 2008 and later versions.

      To check Windows XP activation, try this:
      Go to Start menu, Open Run.
      Type oobe/msoobe /a

      And press enter.
      It will display the activation status. I hope it helps.

      • Anyhow

        July 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        This works.

  4. Imran Khan

    November 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Nice post ….. My Windows is Activated

  5. Kent darryl

    December 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    hey…I tried this and it says ‘the machine is permanently activated’ but its only written in the cmd screen not like yours, the image posted above. It popped up…

    • Omkar Bhagat

      December 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Hi, yeah its ok. If it says the machine is permanently activated then everything is fine.

  6. Jimmy

    January 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    coool thankss yar

  7. Santosh Shah

    February 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Nice post

  8. ulisse

    February 9, 2013 at 5:48 am

    hi, thanks for it. when i enter his command, slmgr /xpr, it shows the exactly same window saying that it’s permanently activated. however, here “Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsSystem”, it still says “windows is not activated”. please guide me.


    • Omkar Bhagat

      February 10, 2013 at 6:13 am

      @382ef69f848e4246a71987ef46b21210:disqus Hello ulisse, That issue is surprisingly odd. Which Operating System are you using? And is it a genuine copy or pirated? If its a pirated copy, i guess it must be cracked copy. And that is why you can see its activated message in cmd prompt.

      • ulisse

        February 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        thanks omkar, i installed windows 8 enterprise 64bit by “Windows 8 AIO 16 in 1 RTM (MSDN Original) [ThumperDC].iso”. i tried many activator tools. i’m worried that many tools made this system messed up

  9. The Art Blogger

    March 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I am looking for away to get this info through a command line that does not open a window. I am writing automation code.

    • Omkar Bhagat

      March 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      I don’t know any alternate way to get the information. But i will try to find one.

      • The Art Blogger

        March 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        I actual just figured it :-)
        Here is what I have to do. This send the info to a text file that I can read rather than a window popping up.
        cscript C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs -xpr > something.txt

        Thanks for the reply.
        Kind Regards

        • Omkar Bhagat

          March 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

          I am glad you figured it out.
          And thanks a million for posting the solution.
          I appreciate it. :)

  10. nice man

    April 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I get mine windows 8 professional with 50 euro :) permanent activate from my mother friend

  11. nicky

    May 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    i have done as u said but cmd pops up my windows will expire on 21/07/2013……if its so pls guide me where can i find full version of in 8 64 bit enterprise edition full version…..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *