How to Find Your Windows 10 Product Key Using the Command Prompt

How to Find Your Windows 10 Product Key Using the Command Prompt

Microsoft has made every effort to make Windows 10 licensing as simple as possible. However, there are situations when product activation does not go as planned. Whether you wish to perform a fresh install of Windows 10 or move your license to a new machine, your product key is an essential tool. Depending on how you obtained Windows 10, you might or might not have a Windows 10 product key.

If you wish to find your Windows 10 product key, follow these steps.

How to Find Your Windows 10 Product Key
Let us begin with a purchased Windows product key, often known as a license. Windows 10 is available as a digital download or as a full boxed product in a physical store. Microsoft and Amazon.com are the only authorized online retailers where you may buy a digital copy of Windows 10. Any other shop offering you a product key is most likely not authentic; therefore, if you decide to pursue the digital download route, make sure you only buy a license from Amazon or Microsoft.

Another suggestion: if you purchase a license from Amazon, use this link. Some have attempted to save money by acquiring a license from the Amazon marketplace, only to discover that the license is an MSDN key that is no longer valid.

A copy of the product key is maintained in your Microsoft Account when you purchase a Windows 10 license from the Microsoft Store. In addition, Microsoft will send you a copy of the product key in a confirmation email. Check your junk mail folder if you don’t see the confirmation email.

If you are still unable to locate it, navigate to the Microsoft Store > Downloads > Product Keys > Subscription page. To check your prior purchases as well as your product key, go to the Digital Content tab.

Product key for Windows 10
Customers can find their product key on Amazon by going to the Your Games and Software Library section.

Amazon Product Key for Windows 10
How to Locate a Windows 10 Product Key on a New Computer
The product key is saved within the motherboard firmware of new computers that come preloaded with Windows 10. Users can locate a Windows 10 product key by using the command prompt.

To locate a Windows 10 product key on a new PC, follow these steps:

Press the Windows key plus X.
Select Command Prompt (Admin).
To disclose the product key, type the following at the command prompt:

wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey

 

 

You do not receive a product key when you purchase a Windows 10 Pro Pack through the Easy Upgrade option in Windows 10 Home. The digital license is instead linked to your Microsoft Account, which was used to complete the transaction.

You can utilize the Activation Troubleshooter to transfer the Windows 10 Pro Pack to another computer.

Key Store for Windows 10 Pro Pack Microsofts

Move the Windows 10 Pro Pack Key to a New Computer
If you want to transfer a Windows 10 Pro Pack key to a new computer, go to the Settings menu.

To transfer a Windows 10 Pro Pack key to a new PC, follow these steps:

Navigate to Settings > Update and security > Activation > Troubleshooter.
Sign in with the Microsoft Account you used to buy the Pro Pack license.
After troubleshooting is completed, Windows 10 will indicate the discovery of a digital license for Windows 10 Pro.
Click Activate Windows and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Pro Pack with Digital License
Making Use of a Retail Full Packaged Product
Windows 10 is also available in stores as a retail full boxed product. Your product key is located on a little business card at the back of the Windows 10 product box.

Users should keep the product key in a safe place or make a backup copy. I also urge that you use our approach to photograph the key and save it online for safekeeping.

Full Retail Box Package OEM System Builder License for Windows 10
The Windows 10 product key is typically found on the Certificate of Authenticity, which is located outside the package. If you bought your PC from a white box vendor, the sticker may be affixed to the machine’s chassis; thus, check for it on the top or side of the device.

Take another photo of the key for safekeeping. After a few years, I’ve discovered that these keys like to rub off with natural wear and tear.

Windows 10 Product Key Volume License Product Key Activation OEM System Builder
When utilizing Windows 10 for business, editions such as Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education do not use standard product keys. Domain Administrators instead configure specific KMS (Key Management Service) servers to oversee activation across the company network.

It is no longer necessary for computers to connect to Microsoft for activation. The product key can be obtained from the Volume License Service Center site by System Administrators in charge of delivering Windows 10 to an organization.

To get your volume license key for Windows 10, go to the VLSC portal and select the Licenses tab, then the Key tab for your Windows product.

Product Key for Windows 10 Volume License Microsoft Campus Agreement or VLSC Enterprise Education Pro Imagine
If you purchased your Windows 10 license through a Microsoft Campus Agreement or a service like Imagine (previously known as Dreamspark), the product key should be available from the download page after purchase. A copy of your product key should be included in your purchase confirmation email.

Volume licensing may also be used by some universities. You will not receive a key if your university uses KMS to handle product activation. Instead, when you connect to the campus network or VPN, KMS will immediately activate your system. This also implies that you will lose access to the license whenever you graduate or finish your enrollment.

Product key for Windows 10 Dreamspark Bizspark Imagine Microsoft Campus License
Software Developer Network by Microsoft
Microsoft Software Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers can find their product keys by logging into their subscription page. Then, by clicking the Product Keys button, select the product you want to see.

Product Key for Windows 10 Technet MSDN

Managing a Missing or Damaged Windows 10 Product Key
Customers who misplace their product keys are not treated well by Microsoft. In some circumstances, a key finder utility may be able to recover your product key. Otherwise, if you lose it, your only choice is to buy a replacement. That is why you should always make a backup copy and save the box.

Users who opted for the free upgrade do not have a unique Windows 10 key. This is due to the way Windows 10 handles activation, which is known as Digital License. Users who need to move their free Windows 10 upgrade to another machine have a one-time transfer right. We’ve previously discussed third-party applications for discovering your product key; solutions like Show Key Plus can help if you’re having trouble finding the key after upgrading from a previous version of Windows.

Microsoft can assist you with Windows 10 activation.
You may encounter difficulties reactivating software after transferring a license or reinstalling Windows 10. Windows 10 provides a chat option that allows you to contact a Microsoft support specialist who can assist you in reactivating the product. Phone activation is also available if you prefer to chat with a live person.

Press the Windows key + R at the same time.
Enter slui.exe 4 as the command.
Choose your country from the drop-down menu.
Select the phone activation action before waiting for an agent to assist you.
Please let us know what you think. Was this post beneficial in locating your Windows 10 product key? If you recently upgraded, you can use the same techniques to find your Windows 11 product key.

 

 

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