Microsoft released the very first Windows 10 on past 29th July. The Windows 10 RTM was set as build number 10240. With new Microsoft plans, Windows 10 isn’t done yet, as the company pretends to update its OS regularly as is known that a new major update, known as ‘wave 2’ of Threshold 2, or shortly just Threshold 2, is scheduled for this year, maybe November or December (like Mobile release). The Insider program stills on it’s way, and all post-RTM builds are of type 105XX. Currently, the latest public build is 10576. On this tutorial, I will just show how to activate these builds, running away of the keyless activation feature implemented by Microsoft. Basically, so that you can use a TH2 branch build with genuine licence, you must install a previous build from TH1 and get an activated build, and for that, you must had a genuine copy of Windows 7 or 8.x. For sure, if you are already running a Windows 10 genuine copy, you can join the Insider program and go ahead with TH2 builds 🙂
Update: On latest builds, you can now use your Windows 7 or 8.1 key to activate Windows 10. Just make sure the key you are using is supported by your Windows 10 edition. If you have purchased Windows 10 or you are already running a genuine copy, you can join Insider program and it will be activated automatically.
For those you want to use the preview builds and have no way to activate it, this is the trick 🙂
Note: Pictures are from build 10565, but this tutorial is applicable on all TH2 and TH1 branch builds till latest released 10576. You can check latest picture as proof.
How to activate Windows 10 Wave 2 builds?
If you have already installed Windows 10 Insider builds that are part of Wave 2, and you don’t want to waste time installing original and licensed Windows 7 or 8.x, followed by install Windows 10 RTM (th1 branch) and finally jump to Windows 10 Insider th2 branch builds, on range 105xx, there is a way to activate it using KMS activators, and for this, I will use Ratiborus KMSAuto Net 2015.
First, download the rar file. Make sure you extract it before running, I mean, do not try to run the executable file directly from WinRAR or any other program you have associated with RAR files.
File Name: KMSAuto Net 2015 v1.4.0 Portable.rar
Size: 2.3 MB
File hosted on ZippyShare.com
Ok, now that you have the KMSAuto running, go to About and ‘join’ Professional Mode. We will do it to have access to a few more features.