How to Find Windows Product Key (Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP) – wintips.org

If you are preparing to reinstall Windows, you will need your Windows product key for installation and activation. On Windows 7, Vista, or XP computers, the Windows product key is usually found on the computer’s chassis, but on Windows Windows 10 and Windows 8, the Windows product key is built into the BIOS.

windows-product-key-sticker

In this guide, you can find instructions on how to find or retrieve (from the Registry or BIOS) the Windows or Office product key(s) to reinstall Windows (or Office) on your computer.

How to view product key in Windows 10, 8.x, 7, Vista or XP.

Windows 8.x or Windows 10 (Purchased online).

– If you purchased Windows 8.x, 10, or Office online, you can find your unique Windows or Office product key in your online order information or confirmation email or DVD package.

– If you previously wrote a Windows 8.x or Windows 10 product key to install Windows, you can use these programs to retrieve the key from the registry.

How to get Windows 8.x /Windows 10 / Office product key(s) from registry.

*Note: Note that the following utilities cannot retrieve a Windows product key on PCs with OEM pre-installed (OS installed by the PC manufacturer (eg Dell or other vendor)}). For OEM computers, read the instructions below.

1. MSKeyViewer Plus : A free and portable utility that displays the product key of Windows and Office programs.

MSKeyViewerPlus
2. Belarc advisor: Another free utility (for personal use only) that generates a detailed report on the installed OS, software, hardware, Antivirus status, etc. and displays the report in a web browser window (as an HTML file).

OEM PCs with Windows 10 or Windows 8.x preinstalled:

– If you purchased a PC with Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 OEM preinstalled, the Windows product key is embedded in the BIOS (device firmware). Microsoft made this change to prevent product key corruption. In this case, you need to call the computer manufacturer and ask for the key, or you can get the product key from the BIOS. *

How to get an installed product key from the BIOS on a Windows 8, 8.1, or Windows 10 computer.

  • If Windows 8.x or Windows 10 is already activated, use it MSKeyViewer Plus Windows 8.x OEM Product Key Finder Utility.
  • If Windows 8.x or Windows 10 is NOT YET ACTIVATED, you can obtain a BIOS-installed product key using one of the following methods:

Method 1. Open a command prompt and issue the following command:

  • wmic path softwarelicensingservice get /all /format:list | findstr OA3

Method 2. Start the free program FirmwareTablesView Utility and utility from Nirsoft and mark MSDM line (in the bottom panel) to see the installed BIOS key (Windows OEM product key).

*Note: When you reinstall Windows 10 or 8.x on OEM computers, Windows “looks in the BIOS for the OEM Windows product key and then activates itself. But just to be sure, I wrote down the received key I suggest you get it and use it if Windows can’t find the key and activates itself.

Windows 7, Vista or XP:

You can find your Windows 7, Vista or XP product key in two ways:

A. From the sticker

– In Windows 7, Vista, or XP, the product key can be found on a sticker on the computer case or inside the Windows installation package. So look inside the Windows installation package or on the computer case (or on the bottom if you have a laptop) to find a sticker with a 25-digit number on it. (It looks like this: XXXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX).

(windows-product-key-sticker)

windows-product-key-sticker

B. From the Windows registry.

– If you cannot find the sticker on the computer case or the sticker is unreadable (disappeared), you can use one of the following product key finder utilities to retrieve the product key from the Windows registry:

How to get Windows 7, Vista or XP product key from registry:

2. If you can’t find your 25-digit product key (or it’s disabled), you can use one of the following product key finder utilities to retrieve your product key from the installed OS:

1. MSKeyViewer Plus: A free portable utility that can retrieve Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Office product keys from your computer’s registry.

2. Belarc Advisor: Another free utility (for personal use only) that generates a detailed report on installed software, hardware, Antivirus status, etc. and displays the report in a web browser window (as an HTML file).

That’s it! Let me know if this guide helped you by leaving a comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

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