Have you purchased a PC or laptop preinstalled with Windows 10? Have you upgraded Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 and want to copy the product key for future reference? It is possible to retrieve the product key or license from the running Windows 10 machine using a third-party application ShowKeyPlus.
Why you need a Product Key of Windows OS?
It has been around 6 years of the launch of Windows 10; still, not all users have upgraded their operating system to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8. Those who are still using his PC with Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 and want to upgrade to Windows 10 can update online without reissuing the license. But, most of the users are complaining about different types of issues after upgrading from the lower version operating system to Windows 10. For instance, the “New” option (Menu item), the “Open with” option, Microsoft Excel option, and New “Folder” option are missing from the right-click Context Menu. Hence, you recommend installing a fresh Windows 10 operating system from scratch, and for that, you need a product key.
Find and Copy the Product Key using ShowKeyPlus.
ShowKeyPlus is a freeware utility, and in size, it is around 8 MB. It is a popular tool to retrieve the product key from installed Windows 10 and Windows 8.1/8 computers or notebooks.
To retrieve the product key of Windows 8 or Windows 10, download and install the ShowKeyPlus. Once it is installed on your PC, launch it from its Desktop Shortcut. It will immediately reveal your product key and license information such as:-
- Product Name
- Product ID
- Installed Key: Generic product key used by Windows 10 depending on the edition installed.
- OEM Key: It may be your Windows 7 or Windows 8 retail or OEM product key before upgrading. If you encounter product activation issues in Windows 10, this key is required.
OEM or Retail keys are those license key that is used by big PC manufacturer brand to activate multiple machines at the factory running Windows. It remains embedded on BIOS or UEFI, and ShowKeyPlus can retrieve it if it is available. If you’re encountering product activation issues, you can find your original product key using the ShowKeyPlus freeware tool. Once you find and copy the product key, you can activate your Windows 10.
How to change Windows 10 Product Key to activate it?
To change the product key, perform the following steps:-
Step 1. Click on the Start button of Windows 10 and then press the Settings icon.
Step 2. Click on the Update & Security category.
Step 3. Click Activation from the left side options.
Step 4. On the right side of Activation, under the “Update product key” section, click the “Change product key” link.
Step 5. On the pop-up window “Enter a product key,” type your product key you have retrieved using ShowKeyPlus software.
Step 6. Windows 10 will reboot and activate itself.
You can download ShowKeyPlus from GitHub.
You might also be interested in installing Windows 10 without entering a Product Key.
Belarc Advisor, ProduKey, Windows 10 Product Key Tool, and Wise Windows Key Finder are other freeware applications to retrieve the product key from running Windows 10 machines. Once you retrieve the Product Key, you can apply or change the product key to activate your Windows 10 online.