If you need to reinstall Windows or upgrade your motherboard, our helpful guide will show you how to find or extract your Windows 10 product key.
How to find Windows 10 product key
if you upgraded from Windows 7 or 8. Windows 10 will have activated automatically after connecting to Microsoft’s servers online. 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 Windows 7 or 8.
No matter your objective, here’s how to extract your product key
How can I extract my Windows 10 product key?
If you bought a PC, laptop or tablet running Windows 10 then it should have a sticker or Certificate of Authenticity which contains the product key, or be included somewhere with the packaging or documentation that came with it.
However, this isn’t always the case. One reader told us that, according to HP. it does not put product key on laptops or PCs for security reasons. As with the digital entitlement (now called a Digital Licence), the product key is stored “somewhere in the computer” and will activate automatically if 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. even 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 ProducKey, which is free software that displays your product key on various software installed on your machine
How do I check if Windows 10 is activated?
Similarly, if you click on Settings on the Start Menu, then Update and Security. you will see the section called Activation. If you’re running a version prior to the Creators Update, it will look like this: