How to Find or Recover your Windows 11/10 Product Key?

In this growupwindows article, we will show you how to find the product keys of Windows 11/10 using built-in features, although there are many product key finder applications available for Windows 11/10. However, third-party tools are fine; not all Windows users want to install an unknown software. We will show you how to use Command Prompt, Registry Editor, and Powershell to find the product (activation) keys for Windows 11/10 computers installed on them.

Microsoft uses the product key to verify the authenticity of a Windows license. If you don’t know what a product key is, it is the key that Microsoft uses to verify the authenticity of a Windows license. A full retail version of the Windows product key can only be installed on one computer to comply with Microsoft Windows’ licensing terms and conditions. Activation (product) keys ensure that Windows isn’t installed on more than one computer. This is why you are prompted for a product key when you install Windows 11/10. Microsoft will deactivate previously installed Windows when all computers are online if the product key is used on more than one computer.

You may still get support from Microsoft if you assign your retail license key to another computer, but you must deactivate and uninstall the product key on the old computer first.

Before deactivating and uninstalling the Windows product key, we recommend backing up the license before shifting it to another computer.

In this article, we will explain all the possible ways to get the product keys from a Windows 11/10 computer without using a third-party tool.

How to Find Windows 11/10 Product Key using Command Prompt?

To find the Windows 11/10 product key using a command prompt, do the following:-

Step 1. Click on the Start button and type CMD in the search box on the top.

Step 2. Then, right-click on the Command Prompt in the search results and select Run as administrator in the pop-up menu.

Step 3. After that, Command Prompt will open with administrative rights. In the elevated command prompt window, type the following and hit Enter from the keyboard to display the product key:-

powershell “(Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey”

If the above command does not work, please execute the following:-

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

How to Find Windows 11/10 Product Key via PowerShell?

You can also view Windows 11/10 product key using PowerShell; use the following recommended steps:-

Step 1. Launch Windows PowerShell with administrative privileges.

Step 2. In the elevated PowerShell prompt, type the following and hit Enter from the keyboard:-

PowerShell “(Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey"


Get-Wmiobject SoftwareLicensingService | Select OA3xOriginalProductKey

How to View Windows 11 product key using Registry Editor?

Even, it is possible to retrieve the Windows product key from Registry entries. To do so, use the following steps:-

Step 1. First, open the Registry Editor.

Step 2. In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following path on the left side:-

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform

Step 3. On the right side of the CurrentVersion key, next to the BackupProductKeyDefault key, you will find your installed Windows 11/10 product key.

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