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3 simple ways to lớn find your Windows 10 sản phẩm key

Have you lost your Windows 10 hàng hóa key? You can find it listed in the operating system itself with a little know-how & just a few simple commands.

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For most users, particularly with Microsoft Windows 10, the last operating system you will ever need, there has been no need for product keys because there has been no “new” version of Windows. When this article was first published in August 2021, Windows 11 was a pending release – now that it’s available, we have tips on how lớn find your product key in Windows 11. However, some users may still need to lớn know their Windows 10 product key.

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Your Windows 10 hàng hóa key should be listed on a sticker located on your computer hardware somewhere—typically in the most inaccessible spot possible. But before you go crawling behind your desk looking for a 25-digit alphanumeric code printed in fine print on the backside of your PC, there are less strenuous ways to trachồng down your Windows 10 product key.

This how-lớn tutorial shows you how to find your Windows 10 sản phẩm key using the power of the operating system itself.

How to find your Windows 10 product key

Before we begin, note that the success of any of these methods is largely dependent on how your PC was activated. If you activated Windows 10 by upgrading from a valid Windows 7 or 8 installation or with the computer’s recent purchase, you are likely khổng lồ find the hàng hóa key with most of these methods. However, if your PC was activated as part of an organization’s licensing agreement, finding a hàng hóa key may be more problematic.

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1. Command prompt

The most direct method for finding your Windows 10 sản phẩm key is from the commvà line. Type “cmd” inkhổng lồ the Windows 10 desktop tìm kiếm box và then right-cliông xã the commvà line result and select “run as administrator” from the context menu. Type this commvà at the prompt:

wmic path softwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKeyAs you can see in Figure A, the comm& will display your current Windows 10 product key.

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Figure A

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2. PowerShell

If you are using Windows 10 PowerShell, the process is similar. Right-cliông xã the Start Menu button & then select Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the context thực đơn. Type this command at the prompt to reveal the hàng hóa key as shown in Figure B.

powershell "(Get-WmiObject -query "select * from SoftwareLicensingService").OA3xOriginalProductKey"Figure B

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3. Registry File

As you might imagine, the hàng hóa key is stored in the Windows 10 Registry File, so it is possible to lớn find the code there if you know the right key. Type “regedit” into lớn the Windows 10 desktop tìm kiếm & select the appropriate vật phẩm in the results. Navigate lớn this key:

ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionSoftwareProtectionPlatformAs you can see in Figure C, the BackupProductKeyDefault key will reveal a valid Windows 10 sản phẩm key.

Figure C

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Note: In my case, the Windows 10 hàng hóa key displayed by both the command prompt and PowerShell methods are the same. In the registry example, however, the sản phẩm keys is different. The best explanation I can suggest is that because I upgraded from Home to lớn Pro on the example PC, the sản phẩm key displayed is for the tăng cấp to Pro (or vice versa). If you have sầu a better solution, please let us know in the discussion.

There are third-buổi tiệc nhỏ vendors offering applications that can locate và display your Windows 10 hàng hóa key as well, but they essentially bởi the same thing we did here without involving someone else’s programming & potential security issues. Also, keep in mind that if you bought Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store, your tài khoản order history would have sản phẩm key information available.