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How to find the Windows product key

How to find the Windows product key

It is easy to lose the Windows product key as it usually disappears when we get rid of the box in which it comes Our new laptop or PC.

In some cases, the device comes with a sticker with a bar code where the key we are looking for appears, although it is also frequent that over time the sticker will break or the ink will fade.

Luckily there are applications capable of searching the Windows registry and finding the product key you are looking for. Normally this information is encrypted, so it is necessary to make use of programs and software special.

For example, you can download ProduKey or Magical Jelly Bean KeyFinder. Both are free applications that will allow you to find product keys for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and in some cases also Windows 10.

With Magical Jelly Bean, it can even be used to scan a Windows installation on another hard drive and extract the key in case Windows does not boot.

However, you should run it from another computer that works with the same version of Windows (XP or Vista).

In case these free programs do not work, there are more powerful payment alternatives such as Recover Keys.

How do I find the product key of Windows 10?

Windows 10 is a different case since it does not necessarily require the product key like the older versions. However, if you have purchased a physical version (boxed) of Windows 10, the code will appear on a label on the package.

If you bought a digital version of Windows 10 online, that is, without a box, you will have received the product key in an email.

However, if you obtained Windows 10 through a free update, or if it came already installed on a PC or laptop that you purchased, you may have no way of knowing what the product key is (at least a priori).

Microsoft offers an alternative method to the product key called digital law.

If you bought a PC, laptop or tablet with Windows 10 operating system, it must come with a label or certificate of authenticity that contains the product key.

This is not always the case. We know that some brands decide not to put labels with the product key for security reasons.

However, making use of that digital right, also called a digital license, they store that key somewhere in the device and it is automatically activated if necessary.