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How To Find Your Windows 10 Product Key [Quick Guide]

Windows 10 Product Key

Today’s post is regarding how to find Windows 10 Product Key. Microsoft makes it easier to activate your Windows installation with each iteration of the operating system. However, there are times when the activation process does not go as planned. Alternatively, you may have purchased a new machine and wish to migrate your licensed copy of Windows to it. In either case, you’ll need to know where your product’s activation key is located.

From The Microsoft Store

If you purchased Windows directly from the Microsoft Store, the company keeps a copy of your product key on copy in your account. So first, log into your Microsoft Store account to find it. Next, navigate to “Downloads,” then “Product Keys,” and finally “Subscription Page.” Finally, navigate to the “Digital Content” tab to find your product key.

From A Physical Package

If you purchased an actual box with a physical disc inside that contained your Windows 10 installation, there will be a small business card with your product key written on it in the back of the box. Here, Leave this in the box… even if you intend to keep the box. Keep the card in a secure location and consider encrypting the key itself in a digital file.

On A PreBuilt Computer

Well, When you purchase a computer from a retailer such as Walmart, it will come preinstalled with Windows. Your product key is extremely easy to locate on these machines: it will be located on a sticker that’s usually located on the back or bottom of the computer. I recommend photographing it for future reference. Unfortunately, these stickers tend to wear off fairly quickly, rendering the number unreadable.

From the Windows OS

Are you still unable to locate the key? There is no problem! We can find it directly within Windows. To open Notepad, click your “Start” button and type “Notepad.” Copy and paste the following text into Notepad:

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId"))


Function ConvertToKey(Key)
Const KeyOffset = 52
i = 28
Chars = "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789"
Do
Cur = 0
x = 14
Do
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
End If
Loop While i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
End Function

Windows 10 Product Key

First, Click “File” at the top of Notepad and then “Save AS” – do not simply save it. Instead, at the bottom of the save window, change the file type to “All File Types” and then rename the file ProductKey.vbs – the.VBS extension is critical. The actual file name is irrelevant, as is the location in which you save this text.

Windows 10 Product Key

Once you’ve saved the file, double-click it to bring up a small box containing your Windows product key. You’re finished when you write it down or take a photo of it for safekeeping.

Windows 10 Product Key

That concludes our discussion of simple methods for obtaining your current licensed Windows 10 product key. What additional questions can I assist you with? Are you having difficulty identifying the things that are driving you insane? Kindly notify me!

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