Is having an unactivated version of Windows 10 illegal?

Hello!

I have a custom built PC and was wondering if having an unauthorized version of Windows 10 is illegal? My brother said it was awhile back but I remember looking it up and I believe it said it wasn't. However, I would just like some confirmation. Is it, or not?

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Last updated May 31, 2020 Views 1,940 Applies to:
Yes, Windows 10 EULA clearly states you must posses a Windows 10 genuine license in order to use Windows.
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If windows is not activated and you are still using it, no. It is not technically illegal to just have un-activated windows on your PC.

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Point number 5:
5. Authorized Software and Activation. You are authorized to use this software only if you are properly licensed and the software has been properly activated with a genuine product key or by other authorized method.
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Hello,

As per Microsoft, you must activate your version of Windows to unlock all the features. You may run non-activated version but it have limited capabilities. For example, you can't even change desktop wallpaper on non activated machine. There are frequent notifications asking you to activate.

So activate your system today and enjoy it fully.

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