Windows 10: how to find your Windows 10 Key Solved

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  1.    19 Sep 2015 #11

    What version (Home, Pro, Enterprise, etc) of Windows 10 are you running, and what build is it? How did you originally install it? Upgrade or clean install?
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       19 Sep 2015 #12

    robby said: View Post
    ShowKey plus gave me my installed key, which is neither of the keys your provided above. Does that mean I have my real key?
    It means that unless you purchased a brand new Win10 license you have one of the other generic keys. I have generic keys (for my upgraded devices) and a unique key for new Win10 Standalone (aka retail) license.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       19 Sep 2015 #13

    robby said: View Post
    Interesting discussion. What if I went back to windows 8.1 would I get my non generic key back?
    It is not a discussion. It is a statement of fact.

    If you rolled back to Win8.1 then you would be using your original license and key once more. The stored Win10 hardware hash for your device will remain on MS servers.
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  4.    19 Sep 2015 #14

    robby said: View Post
    ShowKey plus gave me my installed key, which is neither of the keys your provided above.
    Windows 10 Home: YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7
    Windows 10 Pro: VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
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  5.    19 Sep 2015 #15

    If the other computer has Windows 7 or 8.1, install with a dvd and it will upgrade for free. If it doesn't have 7 or 8.1, you will have to
    purchase a copy.
    You cannot read the product key. PERIOD
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  6.    19 Sep 2015 #16

    ken1943 said: View Post
    If the other computer has Windows 7 or 8.1, install with a dvd and it will upgrade for free. If it doesn't have 7 or 8.1, you will have to
    purchase a copy.
    You cannot read the product key. PERIOD
    You can read the product key. Any number of utilities will read it out for you. Whether its of any use depends on how Windows 10 was installed in the first place.
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  7.    20 Sep 2015 #17

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    What version (Home, Pro, Enterprise, etc) of Windows 10 are you running, and what build is it? How did you originally install it? Upgrade or clean install?
    In case you missed my post.
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  8.    20 Sep 2015 #18

    @robby
    Please answer alpha's question...

    I have seen reports that Win10 does not have an OEM key but a marker... if you have purchased a Win10 machine, can you confirm that Showkey displays the OEM key?
    Thanx.
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  9.    20 Sep 2015 #19

    Superfly said: View Post
    @robby
    Please answer alpha's question...

    I have seen reports that Win10 does not have an OEM key but a marker... if you have purchased a Win10 machine, can you confirm that Showkey displays the OEM key?
    Thanx.
    Back to using SLIC tables? That would be a big step backwards, IMHO. It will likely be a long time before I buy a PC with a factory Windows 10 install. I build my own desktop PC's and hope to not have to replace my laptop any time soon. Somebody else will have to confirm that. I was thinking the OP might be running the N version or something? That would be a different key as far as I know. It's a separate key on MSDN for the N and KN versions.
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  10.    20 Sep 2015 #20

    I think it's the keyless activation probe onto OEM's - where they activate the hardware ID prior to it leaving the factory (i.e instead of just injecting the key)...it's speculation though, don't have a Win10 OEM PC to check firmware...
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