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All Windows 10 features that you won't be able to use if you don't pay and activate the system

Windows is the world's most widely used operating system for computers. Still, there are users who They still doubt if it is a payment system or if it is free and what options it offers according to the disbursement made. And it is that, those people who have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installed on their computers, they were able to access, since the launch of Windows 10, this version for free. This promotion officially ended on July 30, 2016, but today you can still get Windows 10 for free in a perfectly legal way in some cases.

However, if you enter the official Microsoft Store page you can see that Windows 10 Home has a price of 145 euros, while the Pro version goes up to 259 euros. And all this also raises another question:It is necessary to activate Windows 10, as the notifications that the system sends us suggest? You can have Windows 10 installed on your computer but leave it pending activation (when you install the operating system they ask you to enter the product key and that step you can decide to skip it and carry it out later or never).

What can't be done without Windows 10 activation


If you do not activate Windows 10 there will be certain functions that you will not be able to use. These are:

  • Configuration customization: As explained on the Microsoft website, if we do not activate Windows 10, we will not be able to access the customization of our PC. This means that you cannot change the default settings of the Start menu.

That using and updating to Windows 10 for free and without activating is a piece of cake is another great proof of how the software has changed

  • Changes to lock screens or desktop background: From the configuration you will not be able to make changes to these screens to personalize them with photographs or images to your liking (although it can be changed from an image directly or from the photos application).

  • Change text fonts: Without activating Windows 10, you will not be able to search for a text font that you prefer in your operating system programs.

  • Advanced use of the taskbar: Microsoft prepares new features in Windows 10 to expand the taskbar options, which will allow the user to access a file from one of those applications with the option "Open file location". Another novelty for the taskbar is that Microsoft plans to remove options from the context menu and will take some of the options to 'Settings'. The taskbar options in settings are not accessible if Windows 10 is not activated, so users who use it without activating will have less customization capacity when hiding the search bar.

  • Use Microsoft Account services to sync settings between devices: If you use a Microsoft account (Outlook or Hotmail) to synchronize files and settings between computers, Windows 10 will not allow such connections while it is disabled. Therefore, you cannot use Microsoft Accounts services to sync settings between devices until you activate your operating system.

In addition to all this, it must be said that the performance of the operating system is not affected if you do not activate Windows 10.