If you want to upgrade your System (PC or Laptop) from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 and you don’t have the product key or you have no idea about product key for latest version of windows. Definitely you will be searching for How to find your Windows 10 product key.
Windows Product Key is an important asset for your operating system. It’s quite tricky to get update old version of Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 from a free upgrade, or when you buy a new PC or laptop.
People usually consider it easy to update Windows but problem occurs at any point when popup appears to enter Windows 10 Product Key. In this tutorial we will show you how to extract your key and the steps to take before upgrading your PC components.
How to find your Windows 10 product key
If you have already genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8, and you want to upgrade it to Windows 10. You can easily upgrade existing windows by simple choosing Update option. Windows 10 will be activated automatically after connecting to Microsoft’s servers online. You don’t need product key in this case.
However, there are a few times wherein you will need your product key. If you have upgraded from home windows 7 or eight and plan to upgrade your laptop additives, thus wiping your tough drive, you may need your windows 10 product key.
If you have purchased new PC or laptop and you want to fresh install windows 10 operating system, in this situation you need windows 10 product key.
How can I extract my Windows 10 product key?
If you have purchased a new PC, laptop or tablet running Windows 10 then it should have a sticker which contains the product key, or be included somewhere with the packaging or documentation that came with it. Mostly in Laptops Windows Product key is labelled at the Back side of Laptop but it varies from laptop to Laptop.
In case if you got a boxed copy of Windows 10, it will be on a label in the box. If you bought a digital copy of Windows 10 online from Microsoft, you should have received the product key in an email.
If however you have not got any of the above, you can always extract your Windows 10 product key using ProduKey, which is free software that displays your product key on various software installed on your machine.
For making secure backup of Product Key, Take a paper and write your Product Key and store it safely. If you ever need to re-install Windows 10 on another machine you will easily use that Key. If you decide to format your hard drive, you can now install Windows 10 directly from a Win10 ISO.
How to find your Windows 10 product key by command Prompt.
Here is simple command that help us to find the original Windows Product Key using Command Prompt or PowerShell, from BIOS or Registry:
- Open the command prompt, You may type cmd in Run and press Enter
- Type wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey and hit Enter
- You will get Windows Product Key on Command Prompt
Get Windows License Key using PowerShell
Open a PowerShell windows with administrative privileges, type the following command and hit Enter:
powershell "(Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey"
Another program which can extract product keys is Recover Keys which may cost $29.99, but does a much deeper scan of your PC and can retrieve keys which no free application can, including Adobe’s Creative Suite.
How to check if Windows 10 is activated?
Go to start menu and Right click on the System from the menu. Find the tab Windows Activation, you will see the message “Windows is activated”.