Windows 10 Enterprise: Manually Activating

To manuallly activate Windows 10 Enterprise, you will first need to open Command Prompt as an administrator.

To Launch Command Prompt as Administrator:

1. Click the Windows 10 Start Menu (hitting the Windows key on the keyboard if not already there).  

2. Type cmd on the keyboard which will bring up the Windows 10 search.

Command Prompt highlighted in the Windows Menu at the left side of the screen.

3. Right-click on the Command Prompt app. 

Command prompt option highlighted

4. Click the Run as administrator button at the top of the screen.

Run as administratorĀ button.

5. Click Yes if the Windows 10 UAC prompt is displayed.

Yes highlighted in the UAC window

6. The Windows Prompt screen should now open.

Command Prompt window running with administrator privileges.


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Windows 10 Enterprise: Manually Activating 

 Please note: This method WILL NOT work for non LSU-owned computers. If you do not own an LSU device and would like to use Windows 10, please see the OnTheHub for the option to obtain a single, one-use license.

1. Type in “cd \windows\system32” then Press Enter.  (Only necessary if the command is not already in the Command Prompt.)

Entering cd \windows\system32 in the command prompt.

2. Type the cscript command (below) then press Enter:     (This should be done directly after "cd \windows\system32>".  If this is not in the prompt, see Step 6 in the previous section).

  • cscript \windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato

(Please type in the command exactly as shown above, including the spaces.) 

typing script \windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato in the command prompt

3. How to interpret the Output Message:

  • If the Output Message IS Product activated successfully:
    • The Product Activation Is Complete!
  • If the Output Message IS NOT Product activated successfully:

Important Notes

Completing these steps outlined above WILL Activate your Microsoft Product on an LSU-owned device for the time period as required in the Software License Agreement between LSUMicrosoft.  

Microsoft Requirements:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise REQUIRES Reactivation EVERY 180 Days.
  • Re-activation can occur AUTOMATICALLY and does when:
    • Your Computer is Connected to LSU Wi-Fi (Eduroam)
       - or - 
    • Your Computer is Connected to the LSU VPN.
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