Windows registration: frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some common questions about Windows registration.

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What is registration?

Registration is the process of providing information to Microsoft (such as your e‑mail address) to sign up for update information, tips and tools, and other news about Windows.

How do I register Windows?

To register your copy of Windows, go to the Windows registration website, fill in the requested information, and you're done.

Is registration required?

No, registration is optional.

Is registration the same as activation?

No. Activation is required to use Windows, but registration is not. Activation is the process that helps ensure that your copy of Windows is used according to the Microsoft Software License Terms. Registration is the process of providing information (such as your e‑mail address) to sign up for information, tips and tools, and other news about Windows. For more information, see Activating Windows 7: frequently asked questions.