A Windows license key or product key is a 25 character code used for activating Windows. If you have the latest Windows 10 the code comes in digital form (digital download) or as a box if bought from a physical store. If you have bought Windows earlier and you lost the box or the Tag behind your laptop or the email with digital delivery and are now facing problems in upgrading Windows. This tutorial may help you to recover your Windows License key from the computer.

Recover Lost Windows license key

How to Find Windows Product Key \ License

We are here providing you the 6 methods to find your lost Windows key.

  1. Find the Windows Product key through 3rd party utilities
  2. Find the Windows Product key in Registry
  3. Find the Windows Product key through Command Prompt
  4. Finding the Windows license key offline
  5. Retrieve the Windows key from Microsoft Account.
  6. Get the Windows License Key through Microsoft Chat Support

Method 1: Find Windows product key by using 3rd party software

If you want a simple way to find the product key, you can use a utility like Produkey viewer by Nirsoft / Key Finder / ShowKey Plus to retrieve the key for you fast and easy. On installation, Produkey retrieves the Windows license key among other keys you may have lost i.e. office. Click here for more detail.




find windows product key using produkey viewer

Method 2: Find Windows License Key through Registry

One of the fastest ways of finding the Windows License key is checking the registry.

Step 1: Click Windows + R and type “regedit”. Click OK to open registry editor.

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Step 2: Go to HKEY LOCAL_MACHINE and then select  Software →  MicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersion. Double-click on Product ID from the right side pane to display the product key.

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Method 3: Find the Windows product key through Command Prompt

If your new computer comes with preinstalled Windows 10 software, the product key is stored in the motherboard firmware / BIOS. The key can be retrieved via command prompt. Launch command prompt by searching CMD from the Windows search bar. Do right-click on the shown CMD and click on “Run as administrator“. Make sure you are using the Admin A/C. Then type “wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey” following command then press enter to retrieve license key.

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

Note: If you don’t see the Windows license key or you get blank space instead of the key, it means, either you are using a digital license or an OEM license.

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Method 4: Find the Windows license key offline

If you have bought a Windows 10 retail package from a store, the Windows product key can be found inside the product box.

Method 5: Finding the Windows license key from Microsoft a/c or Amazon a/c

Microsoft and Amazon are the main online merchants authorized to sell digital copies of Windows 10, 11. If you buy your Windows software from Microsoft online i.e., via the Microsoft Store, a copy of your license will be stored in your Microsoft Store account under the subscription page. The key should be present under previous purchases.

find license key from Microsoft

A copy of your Windows license will also be sent via the confirmation email you received from Microsoft. If you can’t find this email inbox, check all the email folders, including the junk mail folder.
If you bought Windows 10, 11 via Amazon, the product key will be in the digital games and software license section.

Method 6: Microsoft Live Chat

If you’re still having problems reactivating your Windows 10, 11,  you can chat with a Microsoft support agent. This option is readily available here. However, you need to be ready to undergo a verification process.

We have described 6 methods to get the Microsoft windows product key. If you need more help with it, then go to the Microsoft article on find your Windows product key.

2 thoughts on “How to Find Windows Product Key in Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 (Find License Key)”

  1. I am trying to use the CMD command in Microsoft Windows Version 6.1.7601 (2009) and it won’t work. I keep getting the error:
    ERROR: Description = Invalid query

    What should I do?

    1. I have double-checked the syntax and I found it is the correct one. Might be possible that it is not working in 6.1 version. Alternatively, you may use a third party app to get the keys. Using the app to get the product key is completely safe.

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