How to find your Windows 10 product key. If you need to reinstall Windows or upgrade your motherboard, our how-to guide will show you how to find or extract the Windows 10 product key.
It’s very likely that you’ve downloaded and installed your copy of Windows 10 from a free update, or you’ve already found it installed on a new PC or Laptop. If you need your Windows 10 product key, we offer you our quick guide on how to find it.
We will show you how to extract the Product Key and the steps to take before updating your PC components.
How to find the Windows 10 “Product Key”
If you have already upgraded from Windows 7 or 8, Windows 10 will automatically activate after connecting to Microsoft servers online. There was no need to enter a product key because you were entitled to Windows 10 by virtue of having a genuine copy of Windows 7 or 8.
However, there are some cases where you need to enter the product key. If you’ve already upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 and plan to upgrade your PC components, thereby wiping your hard drive, you’ll need the Windows 10 Product Key.
Both of the above scenarios involve a fresh installation of Windows, Microsoft to help us added an activation troubleshooter, you can find it in Settings> Update & Security> Activation.
You may find yourself stuck if you haven’t already extracted the Windows 10 product key. Regardless of your goal, here’s how to extract the product key.
Windows 10 serial [Product Key]
If you want to install Windows 10 on a PC, the Product Key is required to complete the installation. Those of you who downloaded the ISO after joining the Insider Program have probably noticed that the serial is on the download page. In this article, you will find some useful serials for activating Windows 10.
How can I extract my product key from Windows 10?
If you bought a PC, laptop, or tablet with Windows 10, you should have a sticker or certificate of authenticity that contains the product key or somewhere in the box, in the documentation that came with it, or if it is portable, under the device.
But that’s not always the case. A reader told us that, HP does not enter the product key on a laptop or PC for security reasons. As with digital authorization (now called Digital License), the product key is stored “somewhere on your computer” and will automatically activate if needed. It also works with a broken or non-functioning hard drive.
He said the product key was semi-visible on the System screen in Windows – but most of the serial was erased, leaving only the last 5 digits visible.
If you’ve bought a copy of Windows 10, the code will definitely be there. If you purchased a digital copy of Windows 10 online from Microsoft, you should have received the product key in an email.
If you don’t have the above, you can always extract the Windows 10 product key using ProduKey, it is a free software that displays the product key on various software installed on your machine.
How can I extract my product key from Windows 10?
Note: The program may be flagged by the antivirus program as it is a tool used to extract serials – some anti-viruses consider it to be a virus or malware, but trust me – it’s safe.
Write your Product Key on a piece of paper and keep it in a safe place. If you need to reinstall Windows 10 on another machine or decide to wipe your hard drive, you can now install Windows 10 directly from a Win10 ISO.
Another program that can extract the Product Key is Recover Keys which costs $ 29.99, but it does a much more thorough scan of your PC and can recover the Product Key that no free application can, including Adobe’s Creative Suite.
Do I need a Product Key for a fresh Windows 10 installation?
Since Microsoft has the “digital signature” of the computer created with the initial update, it recognizes the combination of components when you perform a clean installation and automatically activates Windows. This means you can safely skip the screen asking for a product key at the beginning of the installation process.
It is frustrating that there is no message warning you – such a screen is visible when installing a new version of Windows 10 and is only for those who have purchased or downloaded Windows 10 illegally?
Windows 10 should activate itself until you make major changes to your PC. Upgrading from a hard drive to an SSD will not affect and change the graphics card in the slightest. However, the motherboard and processor upgrade will count as “significant” and you will need to call Microsoft’s support line if you find that Windows is no longer active or if you are reinstalling it.
How can I check if Windows 10 is active?
Right-click on the Start button and choose System from the menu that appears. Under Windows Activation, you should see “Windows is activated”. Note– If you have the Creators Update installed, you will see a slightly different screen- click on “Information” at the bottom of the left menu, then on the “Change product key or update your version of Windows” link.
Likewise, if you click Settings in the Start menu, then Update & Security you will see the Activation section. If you are running a version prior to the update, you will see as follows:
So did you succeed? let me know in the comments?