For most of us, Windows 10 is either a new free upgrade or it came on a new PC or laptop. In case you are ever asked about a product key during installing then here is what to do in order to search and find it. Lets see how to activate Windows 10 Product Key.
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How to find Windows 10 product key 2017
So if you upgraded from earlier version of windows which is Windows 7 or 8, Windows 10 will have activated automatically after connecting to Microsoft’s servers. You didn’t need to enter a product key as you were entitled to Windows 10 by virtue of having a genuine consumer copy of the previous version.
However, there are a few times where you will need your Windows 10 product key. If you have upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 and plan to upgrade your PC components, thus wiping your hard drive, you’ll need your Windows 10 product key.
If you are installing a new system all together, then you will also need your Windows 10 product key.
So both of the above cases involve a fresh installation of Windows and despite Microsoft looking to release the Activation Troubleshooter tool within the Anniversary Update, you might be stuck between a rock and a hard place if you haven’t already extracted your Windows 10 key.
You could even freely upgrade your system from Windows 7 or 8, extract your Windows 10 key and downgrade back to the older Windows versions. No matter your objective, lets see how to extract product key for Windows 10.
Extracting Windows 10 product key
If you bought a new personal computer which is running Windows 10 then it should have a Certificate of Authenticity which contains the product key or be included somewhere with the documentation that came with it.
However, this is not always the scenario. One reader told us that, according to HP, it does not put product key on personal computer or laptops for the sake of security. As with the digital entitlement, the product key is stored in the computer and will be automatically activated incase needed. This will work even if the hard drive fails.
He said that the product key was semi-visible on the System screen in Windows: most is redacted with only the last 5 of the digits shown.
If you’ve purchased 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’ve not got any of the above, you can always extract your Windows 10 product key using ProdudKey, which is free software that displays your product key on various software installed on your machine.
Note: The program might be flagged by your anti-virus program, as it is a tool used to extract keys – some anti-viruses deem this as a virus or malware, but you can put your trust in us – it’s safe.
You should now write your Product Key on a piece of paper and store it safely. If you ever need to re-install Windows 10 on another machine or decide to wipe your hard drive, you can now install Windows 10 directly from a Win10 ISO.
You don’t always need a product key to clean install Windows 10
Since Microsoft has your computer’s ‘digital signature’ from the initial upgrade it recognizes the combination of components when you do a clean install and automatically activates Windows. This means you can safely skip the screen which asks for a product key at the start of the installation process.
It’s just frustrating that there’s no message to tell you this: the screen is only for those installing a version of Windows 10 they’ve purchased and which therefore still requires a key.
Windows 10 should easily be activated if you haven’t made any major changes to your PC. Upgrading from a hard disk to an SSD won’t affect anything, nor will changing your graphics card. However, upgrading your motherboard and processor will probably count as ‘significant’ and you will have to ring Microsoft’s support line if you find that Windows is no longer activated or you are reinstalling it.
Check if Windows 10 is activated
You have to right-click on the Start button and choose System from the menu that will appear. Below Windows Activation, you should see “Windows is activated”.
Similarly, if you click on Settings on the Start Menu then Update and Security you will see a section of Activation. Simply click on that and then you will see the edition your computer is already running and also the activation status.