1.    25 Jun 2017 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 47
    W10 Pro, 64

    Find Product Key On Unbootable Drive


    I have to do a clean install, and I don't know where my activation key is. My unbootable drive is viewable when using another drive to boot. Is there some place in file Explorer that I can find my key is so I have it for a fresh install?
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  2.    25 Jun 2017 #2
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 4,477
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Yes, if you can see the windows folder on the unbootable drive you should be able to retrieve its key with ShowKeyPlus.

    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.
    ShowKeyPlus
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  3.    25 Jun 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2016
    Crewe Cheshire
    Posts : 1,451
    windows 10

    Why do you want a key if you sign in with a Ms account when you do a clean install skip the key and it will activate via Ms server
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  4.    25 Jun 2017 #4
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 10,399
    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by Samuria View Post
    Why do you want a key if you sign in with a Ms account when you do a clean install skip the key and it will activate via Ms server
    Assuming he is running Windows 10, and activated with a Digital License. He has Windows 7 Pro listed as his OS though?
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  5.    25 Jun 2017 #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,329
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Samuria View Post
    Why do you want a key if you sign in with a Ms account when you do a clean install skip the key and it will activate via Ms server
    A Microsoft Account has nothing to do with the digital license stored on Microsoft Activation servers. Digital licenses stored on Microsoft Activation servers are by the unique hardware ID of the computer, not a Microsoft Account.
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  6.    27 Jun 2017 #6
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    A Microsoft Account has nothing to do with the digital license stored on Microsoft Activation servers. Digital licenses stored on Microsoft Activation servers are by the unique hardware ID of the computer, not a Microsoft Account.
    You can activate with a local account if you wish. Different user account too. Activation is based on the hardware hash, and does it match what is stored with the Digital Licence.
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