How To Personalize Windows 10 Without Activation

In a bid to minimize piracy and increase the popularity of Windows 10 in one go, Microsoft has reduced the importance of activation with the operating system’s latest update. Back when Windows 10 was still only in beta, we covered a method to activate the Technical Preview. Since then, it has become clear that for the foreseeable future Windows 10 will remain usable even if you don’t activate it. Pretty much the only catch is that you can’t personalize Windows 10 unless the OS has undergone activation. You can do so by shelling out $120 or $200, depending upon the OS version you choose. If you still want to wait before that though, it is possible to circumvent the ban to personalize Windows 10. All it takes is some common sense.

If you want to activate Windows 10, there is the possibility of purchasing a product key from the Windows Store. The purchase process is very easy, and works pretty much like a normal app purchase. Making this purchase will remove the activation prompting watermark from the desktop, and also enables users to personalize Windows 10.

Personalize Windows 10

Personalization options include the ability to change theme colors and your wallpaper. There are two ways of going about this without actually activating your copy of Windows 10.

Method 1 To Personalize Windows 10

Wherever you are using Windows 10, if the same Microsoft account is configured across all devices, your settings are synced across them as well. A rather unexpected side effect of this great feature is the fact that when you personalize Windows 10 on an activated version of the OS, the changes are reflected on other devices even if they are still in preview mode. There are rumors that MS might change this setting in future updates.

Method 2 To Personalize Windows 10 Desktop Background

If you just want to change your wallpaper, and aren’t looking to perform any complicated changes, Windows 10 has a very simple workaround to activation. Just open the Pictures app, and tap the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of any photo you like. The option to set that photo as your wallpaper is present in the resulting context menu.

Using the above two methods can help you continue using Windows 10 without having to worry about activation. Of course, for continued future support you might still need to activate your copy of the OS, but for the time being these fixes work well enough.