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  1. Joined : Mar 2016
    UK
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro
       28 Mar 2016 #281

    When selecting "Retrieve key from backup" - which file is it looking for exactly and where can it be found on a host system?

    Sorry for the noob question, it's just not obvious to me.
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  2. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,584
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       28 Mar 2016 #282

    ? \Windows\System32\config\SOFTWARE

    ? = where the windows OS is located, to retrieve that OS Key..

    Usually windows.old

    "Retrieve key from backup"
    when selected - read the top window header for the location hint..
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  3. Joined : Mar 2016
    UK
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro
       28 Mar 2016 #283

    Yeah me stupid - couldn't see for looking, thanks.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2015
    Posts : 19
    Win10
       29 Mar 2016 #284

    Does showkeyplus need internet access? I had the firewall warning when it ran.
    And does showkeyplus tell whether an installation of Win10 is retail or OEM?
    My output:
    Product Name: Windows 10 Home
    Product ID: 00326-10000-00000-*****
    Installed Key: YTMG3-N6DKC-*****-*****-*****
    OEM Key: OEM key not present in firmware
    Last edited by z3r010; 29 Mar 2016 at 08:48. Reason: key
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  5. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 7,976
    Windows 10 IoT
       29 Mar 2016 #285

    OldMike65 said: View Post
    Delete your post ....NOW you are showing your Windows key to everyone....not a good idea.
    YTMG3-N6DKC-... is the generic Home key you get via the free upgrade/digital entitlement. Good point, but no big deal in this case, that key is already out there. It won't activate unless that PC already has a digital entitlement.
    Last edited by alphanumeric; 29 Mar 2016 at 14:49.
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  6. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 7,976
    Windows 10 IoT
       29 Mar 2016 #286

    benedict said: View Post
    Does showkeyplus need internet access? I had the firewall warning when it ran.
    And does showkeyplus tell whether an installation of Win10 is retail or OEM?
    My output:
    Product Name: Windows 10 Home
    Product ID: 00326-10000-00000-*****
    Installed Key: YTMG3-N6DKC-*****-*****-*****
    OEM Key: OEM key not present in firmware
    That's the key you get with a digital entitlement via the free upgrade. My assumption is its Retail. Go to Settings > Update & security > Activation > Product key.

    EDIT: I haven't seen a OEM Retail designation anywhere in Windows 10. In the past the Product ID: shown on the System page would tell you. It may still, if you know how to read it?
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  7. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 7,976
    Windows 10 IoT
       29 Mar 2016 #287

    OldMike65 said: View Post
    Ok good to know, I wasn't sure.....that's why I msg him....thanks
    I have them saved in a text document for reference. They are listed in at least one tutorial too. They are useless without a digital entitlement so it's no big deal posting them. I can see why you warned him, better safe than sorry.
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  8. Joined : Aug 2015
    Maine
    Posts : 19,926
    Windows10Pro 64Bit on 2 DeskTop Computers
       29 Mar 2016 #288

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    I have them saved in a text document for reference. They are listed in at least one tutorial too. They are useless without a digital entitlement so it's no big deal posting them. I can see why you warned him, better safe than sorry.
    That's a good idea, I should do that myself....
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  9. Joined : Aug 2015
    Maine
    Posts : 19,926
    Windows10Pro 64Bit on 2 DeskTop Computers
       29 Mar 2016 #289

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Enterprise doesn't qualify for the free upgrade, just so you know. My MSDN Enterprise ISO's install with a generic key that won't activate though. I never bothered to note what it was. I have to do a change key and enter my MSDN key after the install. There is no prompt for a key, and if I try to use a PID.txt file I get an invalid key error, or something like that. I don't remember what it said at the moment.

    The key you posted I have listed as being for Windows 10 Pro VL-MAK? Not Enterprise. I wasn't sure if my info was accurate so I didn't post it.
    Found it listed along with the other 3 you posted for me, by one of our members.....so I just pasted it in my notes.
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  10. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 7,976
    Windows 10 IoT
       29 Mar 2016 #290

    OldMike65 said: View Post
    Found it listed along with the other 3 you posted for me, by one of our members.....so I just pasted it in my notes.
    It's not one you'll see very often. I'm not sure VL can do the free upgrade either? That's why I didn't post it.
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