Windows 10: how to find your Windows 10 Key Solved

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  1.    19 Sep 2015 #1

    how to find your Windows 10 Key


    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/produc...oduct-keys.htm
    Anyone know a software like the ones mentioned in this article to find my windows 10 key? I would like to reinstall it on another computer. Thank you!
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  2. Posts : 705
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       19 Sep 2015 #2

    Hi, if you did a Win10 upgrade from your old OS using the promotional offer then you do not have a key. You only receive a key if you have purchased a new Win10 Standalone (aka Retail) license
    Last edited by WhyMe; 19 Sep 2015 at 12:09.
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  3.    19 Sep 2015 #3

    The free upgrade is just that: an upgrade.

    If you can transfer the OS that you upgraded on the first machine to the other computer, and then upgrade the second machine, that'd be OK.

    If not, you'll need to buy a license.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       19 Sep 2015 #4

    bobkn said: View Post
    The free upgrade is just that: an upgrade.

    If you can transfer the OS that you upgraded on the first machine to the other computer, and then upgrade the second machine, that'd be OK.

    If not, you'll need to buy a license.
    That depends on whether the original license was Retail or OEM.

    • If the original license was Retail then the user will have full transfer rights to a new device.
    • If the original was of an OEM flavor, then the user will be required to purchase a new Win10 license as transfer is not possible
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  5.    19 Sep 2015 #5

    WhyMe said: View Post
    Hi, if you did a Win10 upgrade from your old OS using the promotional offer then you do not have key. You only receive a key if you have purchased a new Win10 Standalone (aka Retail) license
    You say there is no key if you upgraded.... If so, what is the Magical Jellybean key finder showing me?
    It says cd key, and gives me five (5) sets of numbers and letters ...It also gives me a product number and some other stuff.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       19 Sep 2015 #6

    KY COLONEL said: View Post
    You say there is no key if you upgraded.... If so, what is the Magical Jellybean key finder showing me?
    It says cd key, and gives me five (5) sets of numbers and letters ...It also gives me a product number and some other stuff.
    There are a few Win10 generic keys that may be displayed.

    Yours is probably showing this:
    VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
    or maybe
    TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99

    The license is stored as hardware hash on MS servers. No product key.
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  7.    19 Sep 2015 #7

    The free upgrade gives you a generic key as mentioned. It's of little use. When you do the free upgrade and then activate Windows 10 a hardware ID for that PC is stored on the activation server, along with which version of Windows 10 that PC got with the free upgrade. When you do a clean install on that PC you can just skip entering a key and it will activate against the hardware ID on the activation server. If you do a clean install on hardware with no activation record / stored hardware ID, it will fail activation if you use that generic key. You would then have to enter a valid (non generic) key to activate.
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  8.    19 Sep 2015 #8

    As far as finding the key, try this, https://www.tenforums.com/software-ap...7-showkey.html
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  9.    19 Sep 2015 #9

    Interesting discussion. What if I went back to windows 8.1 would I get my non generic key back?
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  10.    19 Sep 2015 #10

    WhyMe said: View Post
    There are a few Win10 generic keys that may be displayed.

    Yours is probably showing this:
    VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
    or maybe
    TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99

    The license is stored as hardware hash on MS servers. No product key.
    ShowKey plus gave me my installed key, which is neither of the keys your provided above. Does that mean I have my real key?
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