Questions tagged [product-key]

A product key is a character sequence that acts as the license to a software product, and often required as proof of purchase. Also sometimes known as serial number.

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How to revert slmgr -rearm in Windows 7? {REPOST} [duplicate]

My post got deleted because it is idle. So can anyone help me please? Here are what I said there: Every time I go to the desktop I see "Windows is not genuine". I was annoyed and researched. ...
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Microsoft Office 2019 Installation - Any way to scan product keys from COA stickers?

I have approximately 450 ASUS Chromebooks running Windows 10 that need to have Microsoft Office 2019 installed. I have individual product key stickers for each computer to register Microsoft Office ...
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Is an already using windows 10 pro licence transferable to another PC?

I have a laptop that had windows 10 home pre-installed when purchased. I installed Ubuntu in it. After that, I installed windows 10 pro in it. Then bought windows 10 pro license and using that product ...
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How does Windows Setup identify new product key that's being sold without internet?

If you boot to Windows Setup, the setup will ask for product key. On most cases, you can't access the internet. So the setup program don't even know does that product key exists. So how does Windows ...
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is Microsoft Word 2010 free?

I have microsoft word 2010 installed in my laptop but it seems that it is unlicensed. But, I am still able to edit and view file with this software. But, when I tried unlicensed word 2016, I only ...
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Are there any difference between word 2010 and 2016 about product key?

I have both word 2010 and word 2016 and still have not activated the product key my all microsoft word. But, I still can edit with word 2010 without the product key but unlike word 2016 that i only ...
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Microsoft Store showing old product license [duplicate]

I had Windows 10 Pro volume license. After the first Windows setup, that license associated the motherboard. When I setup Windows again it is activating automatic. I do not want it. Recently, I found ...
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How can I see Office 2019 for Mac product key

We use a shared account that has 25 licenses associated to it. When we install Office 2019 on a Mac and activate it by signing in with the shared account it lists all licensed products but not the ...
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Alternative Method to Retrieve Windows Product Key

I already know that there are certain methods to get Windows Product Key such as third-party software detection, from system information on desktop, or if operating system was installed already on ...
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How to retrieve MS Office 2013 Home Product Key from the program files?

I had bought a MS Office 2013 Home Edition in 2014 and lost it's original CD which had the Product Key after some time. Recently I decided to upgrade my laptop and got the Original HDD replaced with a ...
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Windows 10 Failed Activation - New Computer

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask a question like this... here it goes anyway. I recently purchased a new laptop from Dell with Windows 10 pre-installed. No problem. I thought that I had ...
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Windows key on a deleted SSD

I want to install Windows 10 on a OEM PC (no key is needed) on a SSD from my other laptop, where previously also Windows 10 was installed (not OEM but bought key). I have formatted the SSD (no secure ...
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Sharing product subscriptions between multiple computers [closed]

I'll start with a hypothetical situation, say I have a personal licence for Adobe Cloud and have 8 computers with me. According to Adobe, I can have 2 computers activated on a single subscription at ...
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How to determine the product key from the console for Windows 10? [duplicate]

On a Surface 3 tablet, how do I determine, from the console, the product key for Windows 10? Microsoft says: Product keys for Windows A product key is a 25-character code that's used to ...
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OEM Windows 7 product key missing 1 letter, how can I fill in the blank?

I have a Lenovo ThinkCentre machine I'm trying to refurbish for a friend. I'd like to install the version of Windows it came with, but the Microsoft OEM key sticker is missing one letter near the very ...
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Are Windows 10 retail key revokable?

The company I work in gives all developers a Visual Studio Professional subscription. This offer includes numerous advantages (Devops, Azure, Visio, SQL servers, etc.) as well as a whole bunch of ...
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How to remove Windows Product Key from BIOS?

I recently installed windows 8.1 on my new laptop. I want to transfer the product key from my old laptop to my new laptop. I tried removing the key from these commands: slmgr /upk slmgr /cpky This ...
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How can i install back windows 7 after install linux if i lost my windows 7 product key?

I bought my pc together with the windows 7. After a while, i decided to use linux. So, i install centos 7 on that pc. Now, there is a software which i only know can run in windows 7. So, i have to ...
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How to reactivate windows 7 ultimate with OEM key

Unfortunately I uninstalled windows 7 product key with command prompt. Windows 7 came with an OEM key preinstalled on my HP ProBook 640 G1. When I retype the OEM product key, it shows some character ...
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Can't activate Windows 10 Pro with license linked to Microsoft account or product key

I'm trying to activate a new Windows installation using the digital license that's associated with my Microsoft account. On the old (activated) pc, I can go to the activation setting and see the "...
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Upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Pro from W-7

I am on Windows 7 Professional. I am going to do the upgrade to windows 10 with that media installer. I am assuming it will put me with the Home edition. If I put in my windows 7 pro key, will it ...
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If I buy a used computer with Windows 8 can I do a fresh install of Windows 10 without having to buy a Windows 10 license?

If I buy a used computer with Windows 8 can I do a fresh install of Windows 10 for free? This would be different from an upgrade in that the fresh install would remove whatever had been on there ...
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Possibly upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10, but Win7 product key still works? [duplicate]

I wish to install Windows 7 on my mac. I had a copy of Win7 years ago, and I believe I allowed the automatic upgrade to Win10 to happen, on my current PC. Tonight I entered my old Win7 product key ...
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Recognize the product key after a clone? [duplicate]

With windows 10, after a clone in legacy mode, do the PC recognize the product key on the bios by itself or do I need to run the clone in uefi mode to recognize the product key?
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Will Windows 8.1 remain activated on a copy of a .vdi virtual machine file, if I have stopped running the original .vdi virtual machine?

I have two computers running Ubuntu. In one computer, I created a Windows 8.1 virtual machine in VirtualBox as a .vdi file. I activated it using a product key obtained from my previous school's ...
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Does installation of WIndows from Dreamspark require product key or other kind of license?

I have installed Windows 8.1 a while ago from my school's Dreamspark program. I don't remember it exactly and can't find any product key associated with it, so I wonder how I should provide the ...
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Downgrade Windows 10 Education to Home without clean install

I have a Windows 10 laptop that was preinstalled with Windows 10 Home. Because I use this laptop for college, I have a product key for Windows 10 Education for some extra features (like remote desktop)...
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Recover Windows 8 Product Key after upgrade to windows 10

My PC came preinstalled with windows 8. I upgraded it to windows 10, and linked it to my microsoft account. After this I erased windows 10 from the Hard drive. So now, I want to install windows 7. I ...
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Prevent Windows 10 from activating with Win 8.1 embedded BIOS key? [duplicate]

Let's say I have one of those Windows 8.1 Pro PCs that have the product key embedded in the BIOS. When you install Windows 10 to this, it will activate using that Windows 8.1 BIOS key. However let's ...
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Activating Windows on a vitual machine with the same product key after deactivating from the pre installed version

I am trying to understand the process of activation methods for Windows 10 on a virtual machine. I bought a computer with pre installed windows ( OEM ) version. And then installed Linux on a ...
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Windows 10 pro key installation

I have just purchased a Windows 10 pro key from ebay, and it doesn't work. The seller states that the key will only work on a clean install of windows 10, and not as an upgrade. I have used the ...
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Activate windows 10 after re-installing (I have lost my product key) [duplicate]

I own a Lenovo T430 laptop. In 2017, I installed Windows 10 using my original Windows 7 product key. Unfortunately, I cannot find that product key anymore. I need to re-install windows 10. Will it be ...
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Windows: Upgraded from Win7 Win10 Enterprise for free. Now need to reinstall windows 10

I bought my machine from my employer with WIndows 7 installed (enterprise i believe it was). Microsoft then offered a free upgrade to Windows 10 for free and that offer lasted for a certain time ...
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Retrieve Windows 10 product key from hard drive

Is it possible to retrieve a Windows 10 product key from a hard drive with a valid windows installation on it? I already tried connecting it via USB to another computer and using "ProduKey" software, ...
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How to deactivate a MS Office product key from the Office account?

I want to transfer the product key to a new computer. In my Office account, I have two keys. I have uninstalled the Office on the old PC like a lot of tutorials say. But installing from my account ...
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how can installs of xp from two different cds end up with same key?

Im installing xp pro sp3 on a new hd, create new partition, totally fresh install. After install, I run cdkeyreader and write down the key. I then install to same hd using a different cd, but I select ...
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From windows 8.1 to windows 10 license

I bought a laptop with Windows 8.1 pre-installed and activated (I do not have the serial key written down somewhere). Could I somehow keep the license and install Windows 10 (not upgrading)?
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When I try activating Win10 Pro, installed via OEI / OEM DVD, I get error 0xc004f050

I bought a Genuine Windows10 Pro OEI DVD; after I install from DVD, Windows10 reports that it's actually Windows 10 Home and not Windows 10 Pro. No problem, I'll use the activation key I got off the ...
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Finding a license key on a non-booting pc [duplicate]

Long story short my computer wont boot and since I don't feel like having it repaired I'm just going to do a clean install from an install USB. I having a laptop know the implications of having to ...
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How to reactivate Win 10 without microsoft account

I recently upgraded the hardware of my PC and afterwards my Win 10 was deactivated. I do not have it linked to a Microsoft account. Which options do I have to activate it again? Further information:...
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Hard drive format / Windows reinstall

I have a new windows 10 laptop and wish to format the hard drive. Is it possible to find the product key to reinstall the windows onto a different hard drive?
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How do I find my product key for Windows 8.1?

My computer was pre-installed by Dell with Windows 8. I upgraded to 8.1. I have a USB drive from Dell with Windows 8. I clicked "Add Features to Windows 8.1" in control panel, but it asks for my ...
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Is SLP Product Key of windows 7 compatible with windows 10?

Six years ago, I bought dell inspiron n5010 laptop with inbuilt genuine Windows 7. Now I want to download genuine Windows 10. Here in according to Windows 10 update assistant it is showing that "This ...
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Buy Windows 10 key for Fujitsu OEM Image

I have two Fujitsu LIFEBOOK E756. One is a little older and came preinstalled with Windows 7. The second one is recently bought and comes with Windows 10. Of the second one I have created an image and ...
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Can I share the free Windows keys my college provides?

My college gives us free Windows keys and a friend asked me for one. Should I give him one or is there any danger? I know It's against the rules but the plan is: I see the key on my screen, I tell ...
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How can I know the Product key of my original Windows 7 (HP dv6 laptop) ?

I have a HP dv6 laptop which has come with original Windows 7 home premium 64 bit. The product key is on the sticker under the laptop. But, the sticker is faded away, so I cannot read all the ...
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Is it possible to backup the TeamViewer product key?

I'm in the process of re-installing Windows 10 on my laptop. TeamViewer was pre-installed when I bought the computer, can I backup the product key? If so, where is it located? I've searched the ...
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Is my Product ID my Product Key

I wanted to run windows 7 in virtualbox, so I needed a product key to download the iso. I found tutorials on finding it, but these tutorials don't seem to work. They said to go to Control Panel - ...
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How can i know my windows 7 product key?

I have a Dell inspiron N-4050 laptop. And i am running windows 10 pro on it. I have a product key for it and there was windows 7 genuine with the product key from the manufacturer. But now sticker ...
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Can I get a windows product key from my laptop which used to have windows xp/7?

I have a laptop which used to have windows 7 (and xp when it was originally purchased). However, I formatted the disk and now have Ubuntu 14.04 on it. I heard that the product key is embedded ...

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