Are you not able to locate your Windows 10 key? Whether it is lost in the email or word file with the product key got accidentally deleted. Whatever the case may be, your Windows key is lost what you have on your mind is “how to find my Windows 10 product key”.
Read the blog till the end, and you may have just found the solution you have been wanting. But before that let’s get down to few basics
What is Windows 10 Product Key? Why Do We Need Windows 10 Product Key?
In the simplest terms, the Windows 10 product key is a 25 character long code whose main purpose is to activate Windows. It appears in the form of alphabets and numbers, and it helps a person access all the features of Windows 10.
Now you must be wondering why I need to find or check my Windows 10 product key. You see, there might arise a time when you might want to change your computer, upgrade your Windows 10 or even reinstall your Windows.
You will thank us for having your Windows 10 product key handy.
How To Find My Windows 10 Product Key
Here are some extremely simple ways to find your Windows 10 product key in no time at all –
1. Using The Command Prompt
Command Prompt is a doorway to so many wonderful things and to find product key in Windows 10 is one of them. For this, you will have to open the command prompt with administrative rights. Here are the steps to check the Windows 10 Product Key via command prompt.
- Type cmd in the search bar next to Windows icon
- From the right pane choose Run as administrator
- Once the command prompt opens, copy and paste the following command-
wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey
- Press enter
It would help if you now had your product key right in front of you.
Another neat trick with the help of which you will surely be able to find your Windows 10 product key is using the Notepad. There are a series of commands that you’ll have to enter. Don’t worry, copy-paste the command and do as we say.
- Open the Notepad
- Copy and paste the following command
Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId"))
Const KeyOffset = 52
i = 28
Chars = "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789"
Cur = 0
x = 14
Cur = Cur * 256
Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255
Cur = Cur Mod 24
x = x -1
Loop While x >= 0
i = i -1
KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput
If (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then
i = i -1
KeyOutput = "-" & KeyOutput
Loop While i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
3. Save as product key.vbs
Remember adding the .vbs in the end.
Double click onicon, and you should be able to see your product key.
3. Product Key Finder
Don’t feel like diving into commands and stuff?
Not a problem, here’s an easy route. There are several product key finder software that can help you find Windows product keys in no time. The moment you install and fire them up, they provide you with keys of not just the version of Windows you are having but every software on your computer.
PowerShell is yet another force to reckon with in Windows 10. From zipping/unzipping files in Windows 10 to completely wiping off the hard drive, there is so much that Windows PowerShell can do for you.
Here’s yet another wonder that is capable of, you can even try retrieving the Windows 10 product key using Windows PowerShell (Admin). It’s a relatively simple process.
- Fire up Windows PowerShell (Admin) by typing PowerShell in the search bar next to Windows 10 icon and click on Run as administrator
- Once the Windows PowerShell (Admin) window opens, type the following command in the command line
powershell "(Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey"
4. Press Enter
You will be able to find Windows 10 product key in no time at all.
Hope We Were Of Help
If you’d been scratching your head and wondering how to find Windows 10 product key, we earnestly hope that we have been able to deliver the right solution. The above ways are quick and easy. If you have a better and faster way, shoot it in the comments section below. If you have more such questions regarding Windows 10 troubleshooting problems, do let us know in the comment section below. Till then, do read other engaging Systweak blogs and follow us on Facebook and YouTube.