The Windows 10 Setup program installs a clean copy of the edition that corresponds to the one you have installed. I guess it was 500. And if you install it on the same machine it would recognize it. Locate your Windows 10 product key If you bought a new laptop or desktop with Windows 10 installed, there should be a sticker on the bottom with the license key. Method 1 Use ProduKey to View or recover Windows 10 product key Step 1: Visit , scroll down to see download links, and click on the latest version of ProduKey link to download the zip file containing ProduKey. All your device info is stored on your Microsoft account.
For Windows 10 I have two options to claim keys: Retail Key and Multiple Activation Key. You voice in or type in the activation code. So although it defines your device, it doesn't identify you. They will ask you how many computers Windows is installed on, tell them 1 and they will send you to an automated system that tells you your code. Instead, from your current, activated copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8. As that never really worked, Microsoft introduced an entirely new system in Windows 10, the Digital License.
If you previously used Windows 10 Home, you will not be able to activate a copy of Windows 10 Pro. Then I tried the 7th key on the list. Oops: What BigDogChris said above. And it's potentially an unwelcome surprise for anyone who tries to do a clean install of Windows 10 without understanding the new activation landscape. Dumb, I know, but it happened. Upon launching, the tool will automatically begin analysing your computer. Although this guide is specific to Windows 10, the Control Panel, slui.
There are plenty of software out there to view or retrieve your Windows product key. Alternatively, you can use change the product key using changepk. Only after entering in the correct product key and proceding further in Windows setup will activation happen. When I had to enter a product key this time, the installation rejected it so I retyped it. Update: In the comments, several people have asked what happens if you make changes to hardware. After you restart, your clean copy of Windows 10 is activated, and you can reinstall it any time without having to worry about activation. That license is tied to that laptop.
I would not have believed it if it hadn't happened to me. A Customer Service Representative will validate your request and will submit the request to have additional keys provisioned for you. In most cases, adding new hardware will not affect Windows licensing. If it was a retail previous key and you took advantage of the Windows 10 upgrade, the Windows 10 key takes the properties of the upgraded key so it remains retail as well. If you deplete activations for a key, you may be able to claim additional keys for that product. You may also transfer the software to a device owned by someone else if i you are the first licensed user of the software and ii the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement.
But the good news is that it probably doesn't matter, because I think you're comparing Apples and Oranges. The product keys available through your subscription can have one or more activations per product key. If you're getting for the first time and a product key wasn't provided during the installation, or a generic key was used to upgrade, you'll need a new valid product key to activate the operating system. Step 2: Launch Belarc Advisor with administrative rights. Dial the 800 number and one of 3 things will happen. If you acquired the software as stand-alone software and also if you upgraded from software you acquired as stand-alone software , you may transfer the software to another device that belongs to you. The Setup program asks you to enter a product key, but in a major change from Windows 8 and 8.
If all goes well, within a minute, you should see this screen. The Microsoft support guy I spoke to told me they were in some way linked but he would not elaborate. The call went smoothly and the service rep was very nice. Method 3 View Windows 10 product key using a simple script Step 1: Click to download Win10Key. Warning: This method is not very accurate, meaning the script might show a wrong product at times.
I understand, that Multiple Activation has limit on number of times, that it can be activated. You may need a Windows 10 product key if you upgrade your motherboard and Windows cannot identify your account. Step 3: I then wiped the hard drive clean and used the exact same media as in Step 1 to do a clean install of Windows 10. That said, there might be instances where you want to view your Windows 10 product key. Going forward we plan to continue to support this business need and increase the number of activations for subscribers, or enable multiple keys to be claimed. It was far easier than I imagined and didn't take 5 minutes before I was up and running and the installation count was reset. As I kind of alluded to in the article, I believe it's also possible that different production runs of the same product may cause the product key set to be changed.