How To Find Your Windows 10 Product Key

In this article I will show you how to find your Windows 10 product key.

If you plan to re-install windows 10 you will need this product key to activate Windows 10.

There are many different ways to find your product key, I will go through all of them below.  To watch a video of this article click here

How To Find Your Windows 10 Product Key

For a long time windows PCs use to come with stickers on them which contained the Windows 10 product code

Then PC manufacturers started to embed the product code directly in the PCs BIOS and windows 10 will automatically apply this product code when windows 10 is installed.

Recently Microsoft have again changed the way they deliver windows 10 product keys by making them digital.  Below I will go through all the possible ways you can find your product key.

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OEM/Sticker Product Key
Product Key Via CMD
Product Key With Software
Product Key via UEFI/BIOS
Product Key via Visual Basic Script
Recover Digital Key
Windows 10 Pro Pack key
Volume License Product Key
Packaged Product

How To Find Your Windows 10 Product Key

To find your Windows 10 Product key follow the below steps.

Method 1 – OEM/Sticker Product Key

Older machines come with what is called an OEM Product key.  This license key can be re-used if you wish to re-install windows 10.

  • An OEM product key is written on a label which is attached to the base of your machine. The OEM label will look like the one below.
  • If you have a laptop you might need to open up the cover to locate this label
  • I also recommend that you try Method 2 just to check the product code that has been applied to your windows 10 is the same as the one on the sticker.

Method 2 – Windows 10 Product Key Via CMD

Here we will use the command prompt (CMD) to find the windows 10 product key.

  • Make sure Windows 10 is activated
  • Click start type in cmd then right click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as AdministratorHow To Find Your Windows 10 Product Key via cmd
  • If you get a prompt about user access control click yeswindows 10 product key UAC
  • In the command prompt window enter the command wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey and hit enterwindows 10 product key command
  • Your windows 10 product key will now be shown. (Please note I have blurred out my windows 10 product code for obvious reasons)product key for windows 10
  • If this method did not work for you try method 2, or you can post in the comments section for helped

Method 3 – Windows 10 Product Key With Software

Using a software application called passfab it is possible to recover your product key. Follow the steps below.

  • Download passfab from Here and install and launch the software.
  • On the main screen click Get Keywindows 10 recovery software
  • Your windows 10 serial will now be shownwindows 10 recovery software2

Other products you can use are

Method 4 – Product Key via UEFI/BIOS

If your machine has the windows 10 product key embedded in the systems UEFI / BIOS then all you need to do is reinstall windows 10 and the product code should automatically get applied.

If you do plan to reinstall windows 10 I prefer to export the windows 10 product key just to be safe.  To export the product key follow these steps.

  • First open powershell by clicking on your start menu and type powershell
  • Right click on the application and select run as administrator
    windows 10 product code via powershell
  • If you get prompted by UAC click Yes
  • in the powershell window type this command
  • (Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey
  • hit enter
  • The Product key will now show
  • To view a video of this process click here
    powershell Get-WmiObject query

Method 5 – Product Key via Visual Basic Script

If the previous method did not work we can try to use a visual basic script to get the key.

  • Download the visual basic script from here
  • Rename the file from Win10KeyFinder.txt to Win10KeyFinder.vbs
  • Double click on Win10KeyFinder.vbs
  • Click Open if prompted
  • The below information will now be shown
  • If you want to save the information to a file click yes and it will save the information in to a file called WindowsKeyInfo.txt
    product key visual basic script

Method 6 – Recover Digital Key

If you purchased your Windows 10 license key directly from Microsoft or Amazon (These are the only 2 company’s that are authorised to sell keys) then you can recover the digital key online.

Microsoft

If you purchased Windows 10 from Microsoft you can get the digital key from the Microsoft store, to do that follow these steps

Amazon

Method 7 – Windows 10 Pro Pack key

If you purchased a license via windows 10 easy upgrade in windows 10 home, you do not receive a windows 10 product key.

A windows 10 license will get assigned to your online Microsoft account.  All we need to do is sign in to your Microsoft account to activate the windows 10 license on a new machine. To do this follow these steps.

  • Click start menu, Click Settings / Cog Icon
  • Click Update & security
  • Click Activation in the sidebar
  • Click Troubleshooter
  • Sign in with your Microsoft Account
  • When the wizard is completed, Windows will indicate a digital license for Windows 10 has been found
  • Click Activate Windows then follow the prompts.

Windows 10 Pro Pack key

Method 8 – Volume License Product Key

Most medium to large businesses will use volume licensing to license Microsoft products. To retrieve a windows 10 volume linsense key to the following

Method 9 – Packaged Product

If you went to the shop and purchased a physical copy of windows 10 then the product key will be located in the box on a bit of card that looks like a business card.

If you have a physical copy I recommend you keep it in a safe place and also take a picture of it as a backup.

windows 10 physical copy

 

Differences Between Windows 10 Licenses

There are many different types of Windows 10 licenses, the main ones include

OEM License : These licenses are supplied by your PCs manufacturer and can not be transferred to another machine. The license will either come on a sticker on your machine or will be embeded in the systems BIOS.

Retail Product Keys : These are purchased digitally and one license can be applied to one machine at any one time. You can transfer the license to a new machine but you will have to deactivate the license on the old machine first.

Upgraded License : If you upgraded your machine from a previous version of windows for free (Guide Here) then you do not have an original Windows 10 Product key, you have an upgraded license.

How To Check If Windows 10 Is Activated

To check if your windows 10 is activated follow these steps.

  • Click the start menu and click on settings / The Cog icon
    Windows 10 Settings
  • Click on Update and Security
  • Click on Activation in the menu on the left
  • Your activation status will now show under the Activation section. Below you can see that my machine is activated with a digital license
    windows 10 activation status

Microsoft Windows 10 Activation Support

After transferring a license or reinstalling Windows 10, you might have trouble reactivating the software. The most common reason is that you have activated that license to many times.

If you are having issues you can contact a Microsoft online support. They will instantly help with getting your operating system reactivated.  To contact support do the following

  • Click start and type in Get Help
  • Click on the app
  • You will then be connected to online support

microsoft online support

How To Deactivate A Windows 10 Product Key

If you plan to reinstall your operating system or simply want to deactivate the windows 10 product key on your system you can by following these steps.

  • Click start and type in command prompt and right click on the application and select run as administrator
  • If you get prompted by UAC click YES
  • in the command prompt type in slmgr /upk then hit enter
  • You should then see the message uninstall product key successfully

  • To confirm it has been deactivated do the following
  • Click the start menu and click on settings / The Cog icon
    Windows 10 Settings
  • Click on Update and Security
  • Click on Activation in the menu on the left
  • You should now see Windows is not activated

Questions and Answers

 

 

    • Question : I have already installed a new version of windows on my machine can I still recover?
    • Answer : You can using method 2.  I am afraid it will be to late to use method 2 or 3.

 

  • Question : Is it possible to export the key from the registry
  • Answer : You can but it will be encrypted and can not be used (Which is why I did not add that method to this article)

If you are still having issues please post about it in a comment below and we will help you out

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