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  1.    22 Oct 2014 #1

    ShowKeyPlus


    Find your Windows product key with ShowKeyPlus.
    Applies to Windows 7, 8 and 10

    • If you bought Windows from an authorized retailer, the product key will only show as the Installed key.
    This applies to OEM System Builder keys as well. If you bought a new PC running Windows, the product key
    will be included in the firmware in the case of Windows 8 or 10 - or as an OEM marker, in the case of Windows Vista or Windows 7
    Apart from the key, the associated Edition of each key is displayed below it.
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    • Should you have a backup which includes a Windows folder, the key from that installation (as well as the
    previously installed key, if that installation was an upgrade), can be retrieved using the Retrieve key from backup link.
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    • In order to verify the edition your key is associated with, use the Check product key link to confirm.

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    Hint: Click/tap ‘Version’ link to toggle between light and dark modes. NB Dark mode will not be saved as it supports Windows high contrast - it will adjust to the underlying system scheme if so selected ( Thanx Cliff S )
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    Download: ShowKeyPlus



    ShowKeyPlus Awards
    Findmysoft has rated ShowKeyPlus 5 out of 5 stars, naming it Essential
    Link

    Note   Note
    The current version includes a routine that checks GitHub for newer versions. Some Anti-Malware applications may flag it as PUP. It's a false positive.
    Norton has white-listed it, but other AV's may require that you create an exception in their settings.

    Virustotal results



    Code:
    Version history:
    
    Update Version 1.0.6125
    
    Bugfix: 
    
    • Version check returning null error
    System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
    at ShowKey.frmKeyInfo.bgwVersion_RunWorkerCompleted(Object sender, RunWorkerCompletedEventArgs e
    Bug fix:
    • Product key checking referencing incorrect dll. on Windows 32-bit versions
    NB: Windows 7 32-bit still does not support key checking of Win 8 / Win 10 keys. It will report those keys as Invalid, but they should be checked on Win 7 64-bit or any Win 8 or Win 10 version.
    • Exception wording added for valid keys with invalid configuration resulting in a null response for edition.
    • Cosmetic fixes.
    Update Version 1.0.6084
    • Retrieve Windows 8 and Windows 10 key editions on Windows 7 installations.
    • Use CLI to generate a text file of installed, original and OEM key(s) and their editions, silently.
    Usage: "[path]\ShowKeyPlus.exe" "[path][filename].txt" (or any text compatible extension, eg: .doc, .csv etc)
    • Implemented Accent colour as the base scheme.
    • Background changes to opaque when pop-up visible.
    Update Version 1.0.5835 Bug fix: Some motherboards (eg. Gigabyte) have a pre-installed MSDM table in the firmware without an OEM key embedded. Exception caught if key not present. Additional DPI scaling compatibility. Update 03-Dec-2015: Version 1.0.5815 Bug-fix: Forward-navigation arrow displaying incorrectly. Bug-fix: Check version dialog was not returning to calling thread. Bug-fix: Windows 8 reporting duplicate installations. Update 01-Dec-2015: Version 1.0.5812 Automated discovery of pre-existing Windows installations (from Windows and Windows.old folders) Last used theme gets saved for use the next time the application is launched. Some GUI enhancements for DPI scaling. Included a version check to alert of new releases Update 09-Sept-2015: Version 1.0.5730 Improved threading and exception handling modifications. Changed to a modern user interface. Update 30-June-2015: Included non-native support for Window 8 and Windows 7 key checking (as the former has been removed from Windows 10.) NB: Windows 7 key checking is slow due to it having quite an extensive range. Update 08-June-2015: Bug fix - Windows Vista/7 marker was returned from the MSDM rather than SLIC table. Update 07-June-2015: Added Windows 7 support. SLIC and edition. Update 19-May-2015: Minor bug-fixes GUI improvements. Update 16-Apr-2015: Added Product key checker Update 15-Apr-2015: Added ability to retrieve key from backed-up windows image. This requires redirection to the offline \Windows\System32\config\SOFTWARE hive - it has no file extension. Update 17-Mar-2015: Added OEM edition retrieval. Original key and edition only appears after an upgrade (eg. Pro to WMC)
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    Key types:

    OEM: DM = 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.
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    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.


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    PS: Please see here regarding unblocking the .exe
    Last edited by Superfly; 1 Day Ago at 02:03.
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  2. Joined : Nov 2013
    Posts : 804
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       23 Oct 2014 #2

    Smartscreen has no "Run anyway" dialog.


    Turned off Smartscreen and it runs fine in TP Pro Build 9860.
    Last edited by Brink; 19 May 2015 at 12:14. Reason: removed broken link
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  3.    23 Oct 2014 #3

    Thanx Adam... damn these certificates

    I'll add Authenticode signing when I get home tonite...

    Cheers.
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  4.    23 Oct 2014 #4

    Superfly said: View Post
    Thanx Adam... damn these certificates

    I'll add Authenticode signing when I get home tonite...

    Cheers.
    Just add the suggestion to 'Unblock' the file in the original post.
    Works fine Superfly.
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  5.    23 Oct 2014 #5

    Great tip Edwin, Thanx
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  6. Joined : Nov 2013
    Posts : 804
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       23 Oct 2014 #6

    Or you can click on "more info" and then "run anyway".... (Found it in the end).
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  7.    22 May 2015 #7

    Just an FYI:

    For those that have installed Windows 7 COA key and have faded stickers...and may require it for the Windows 10 free upgrade.

    I posted an update at EF... ShowKeyPlus
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  8.    07 Jun 2015 #8

    FYI: New release posted in OP.
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  9. Joined : Jun 2014
    Posts : 4,183
    Windows 10 Pro
       07 Jun 2015 #9

    Just being curious. My computer came with Windows 8 pre-installed. The last line in ShowKeyPlus shows:
    OEM Key: Windows 7 OEM marker present in firmware. Shouldn't it say Windows 8?
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  10.    07 Jun 2015 #10

    Winuser said: View Post
    Just being curious. My computer came with Windows 8 pre-installed. The last line in ShowKeyPlus shows:
    OEM Key: Windows 7 OEM marker present in firmware. Shouldn't it say Windows 8?
    Yes, it should - it may be a bug where the SLIC and MSDM tables are getting mixed up... does the previous version show your Win8 key?
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