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  1. Join Date : Jan 2014
    Central West NSW Australia
    Posts : 382
    7 and 10 on various machines
       22 Jul 2016 #451

    simrick said: View Post
    Yep I just got one from my usual supplier and at a much better price than Microsoft at retailing it at I saved $75 on mine.. Th eonly thing I will say is don't be tempted to get one from EBay if you do think of doing that.
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  2. Join Date : Jul 2016
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro
       23 Jul 2016 #452

    Superfly said: View Post
    Find your Windows product key with ShowKeyPlus.
    Applies to Windows 7, 8 and 10
    Excellent utility! However, I'm wondering if there is any way to invoke ShowKeyPlus to run and export keys via command line switches?

    I'm trying to inventory a small business with about 100 users, most of which are field sales reps who rarely connect to the corporate network. I've got a logon script set up to pull the keys and write them to a network share when they do connect. However, I'm only able to pull the "Installed Key" using this process. I also want to pull the "OEM Key" to keep for reference after upgrading them from Win7 to Win10.

    I'm unable to figure out how to do this reliably with VBS and Powershell scripts. Your program finds it perfectly every time but I can't get it to export keys in an automated, silent fashion.

    Is this functionality something you'd be willing to add?
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  3.    23 Jul 2016 #453

    prisoner881 said: View Post
    Excellent utility! However, I'm wondering if there is any way to invoke ShowKeyPlus to run and export keys via command line switches?

    I'm trying to inventory a small business with about 100 users, most of which are field sales reps who rarely connect to the corporate network. I've got a logon script set up to pull the keys and write them to a network share when they do connect. However, I'm only able to pull the "Installed Key" using this process. I also want to pull the "OEM Key" to keep for reference after upgrading them from Win7 to Win10.

    I'm unable to figure out how to do this reliably with VBS and Powershell scripts. Your program finds it perfectly every time but I can't get it to export keys in an automated, silent fashion.

    Is this functionality something you'd be willing to add?
    Thanx

    If you are running your script on Win 8.1 up, WMI will help you get the OEM key... I used that in the original ShowKey script - link in this post. (Edit: link ShowKey1.1.vbs)

    Let me know if I should convert that to PS (my VB is a bit rusty now..LOL)

    However if you are running pre-Win8.1 I will need to add those switches to ShowKeyPlus, as it uses native API's.
    Last edited by Superfly; 23 Jul 2016 at 16:39.
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  4. Join Date : Jul 2016
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro
       23 Jul 2016 #454

    Superfly said: View Post
    Thanx

    If you are running your script on Win 8.1 up, WMI will help you get the OEM key... I used that in the original ShowKey script - link in this post. (Edit: link ShowKey1.1.vbs)

    Let me know if I should convert that to PS (my VB is a bit rusty now..LOL)

    However if you are running pre-Win8.1 I will need to add those switches to ShowKeyPlus, as it uses native API's.
    It's kind of a mixed bag because some of our workstations have Win7 OEM keys embedded in the BIOS via SLIC yet they're upgraded to Win10. So what works for one doesn't work for the other. Your utility is the only one I've come across that reliably gives both keys (and some Win8/8.1 keys) in every situation.

    A command-line switch option that runs silently and outputs a file plain text file (or even output to stdout which I can redirect to a file or function) showing current windows version, current product ID, current product key, AND the OEM key (if present) would be absolutely perfect. Basically the same thing you output now with the "Save Key" option, but invoked via logon script (or CLI) running and terminating silently with no GUI.

    So many companies need good software inventory tools but can't afford a full-blown MSSC setup. I'm already running WMI queries to get dumps of all installed software (the Uninstaller keys from HKLM, via WMI registry queries) but it doesn't include useful OS info. Something like this would help me and others get ALL the data they need to understand their environment better. Many thanks!
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  5.    30 Jul 2016 #455

    @prisoner881

    Here is a CLI compatible version - please test in your environment.

    ShowKeyPlus.7z

    Usage:
    Code:
    "[path]\ShowKeyPlus.exe" "[path][filename].txt"
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  6. Join Date : Jul 2016
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro
       06 Aug 2016 #456

    Superfly said: View Post
    @prisoner881

    Here is a CLI compatible version - please test in your environment.

    ShowKeyPlus.7z

    Usage:
    Code:
    "[path]\ShowKeyPlus.exe" "[path][filename].txt"
    Thank you! I'll test it out immediately!
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  7. Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 1
    10
       09 Aug 2016 #457

    Original key


    Superfly said: View Post
    @prisoner881

    Here is a CLI compatible version - please test in your environment.

    ShowKeyPlus.7z

    Usage:
    Code:
    "[path]\ShowKeyPlus.exe" "[path][filename].txt"

    I tried this out.. Is there a way toi get the original key as well?
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  8. Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 83
    Win 7 Ultimate
       11 Aug 2016 #458

    This app and these types will help clarify a lot of machines and keys I need to check. Why didnt I find this before? I was using some other Apps, but this seems like the best/ better ones.

    Any others that people might recommend for checking purpose?

    PS: I found the Key I bought for 14.99 from MS's Win 8 offer is
    Original Edition: Win 8 RTM Professional Retail

    Thanks.
    Superfly said: View Post
    Key types:

    OEMM = PC specific keys found embedded in the Microsoft Data Management (MSDM) table of the firmware of Windows 8 and Windows 10 factory installed PC's.

    OEM:SLP = System Locked Pre-installation key - Win Vista/7 manufacturer specific keys used to mass activate those installations. Activation is off-line with a SLIC table in the firmware and matching Certificate installed together with the key.

    OEM:COA = Certficate of Authenticity key found as a sticker attached to PC's factory installed with the above OEM:SLP method as a backup for on-line re-activation.

    OEM:NONSLP = Non-System Locked Pre-installation key a.k.a System Builder keys - available from re-sellers and acts as retail on-line activation keys but with an OEM EULA.

    Retail = Full Packaged Product (FPP) keys, available from a retail merchant or Microsoft on-line (NB: Windows 10 purchases from Microsoft Store are digital entitlement licences and use a generic key for installation.)

    Volume:MAK = Multiple Activation Key is a single key used to on-line activate a pre-determined number of Windows installations.

    Volume:GVLK = Group Volume License Key, is a generic key for editions of volume licence versions that activate off-line via a KMS server.

    WAU = Windows Anytime Upgrade - Retail key that comes at a reduced price to be used to upgrade an activated previous version of Windows.
    **************************************************************************************************** ***************
    Note   Note

    Should your key display as BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB, it is a placeholder Windows inserts after activating a MAK key.
    The reason being, these keys can have thousands of activations (for which companies pay huge amounts) and should someone steal one, they could sell that same key to thousands and each will activate as if part of a company network - it's thus a security feature specific to MAK's.


    **************************************************************************************************** ****************
    PS: Please see here regarding unblocking the .exe
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  9. Join Date : Jan 2014
    Central West NSW Australia
    Posts : 382
    7 and 10 on various machines
       11 Aug 2016 #459

    Hmm still having problems with this on my small 7 machine and as I do not get an option to save it I try to open it but get this message - see pic and I don't want to go having to purchase an app to get to it - any ideas please??
    All of my 10 machines are fine
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails SHOWKEY XX.PNG  
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  10.    12 Aug 2016 #460

    jdbrande said: View Post
    I tried this out.. Is there a way toi get the original key as well?
    Yes, will be in the upcoming master release.

    ICIT2LOL said: View Post
    Hmm still having problems with this on my small 7 machine and as I do not get an option to save it I try to open it but get this message - see pic and I don't want to go having to purchase an app to get to it - any ideas please??
    All of my 10 machines are fine
    John, it uses 7-zip compression - but don't worry too much with that version - it was built for sys-admins who may need to run it from batch files etc...

    I'm working on a more Win 7 compatible version that may be better for your circumstances.
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