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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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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BIOS - Windows 8/10 OEM Product Key

Short question just to be "sure", since Windows 8 the product key is stored inside of the BIOS and is automatically retrieved during installation instead of printing it on the device's back side. ...
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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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Unable to find product key [duplicate]

I have the key but its missing two digit. I was using windows 7 but now i have installed windows 10. If I install windows 7 again can I get the full product key and update that to windows 10 with ...
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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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any way to recover the original Windows key used for a fresh - upgrade install of Windows 10?

So, a while back I did a "fresh-upgrade" install of Windows 10 Pofessional. That is to say that, in the days when Microsoft was still offering free upgrades to Windows 10 for qualifying licenses, I ...
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Upgrade Windows 10 Home (non-N) to Education N?

Cheers, I've clicked myself an Education version key from my university's MSDN-AA Dreamspark Imagine platform. My regular Windows is an OEM key upgrade from Windows 8, non-N; the uni only offers N ...
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Transferring Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard lisence key?

I'm thinking of purchasing a copy of Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, and I plan on installing it on a machine I have. The issue is I plan to use a completely different machine with completely ...
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Upgrading Windows 10 Home to Pro with Windows 7 pro license?

I apology if this was asked already but I cannot find related question. So thing is I have legal Windows 7 Home license and I have upgraded this machine to Windows 10 and it is up-to-date. However, ...
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Removing Windows (10), get/keep key for later reinstall? [duplicate]

I've been dual booting Linux (Kubuntu) and Windows for a couple of months now, and I'm thinking of making a full switch, since I haven't booted Windows since I started dual booting. However, I don't ...
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How to clean install Windows 10 onto a working system?

To clean install on a working system, for Windows 10, just download the ISO from Microsoft but, how do you establish that the license is valid? And, how do you obtain the license key? The working, ...
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How to transfer office activation to another account?

I have bought two licenses for Office 2016 Home & Student (the permanent licenses, not the 365 subscription). Due to some auto-signup, cookies and product-keys-encoded-in-a-url supplied by the ...
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Can I use Windows 7 Professional Product Key to activate Windows Home Basic?

I have Windows 7 Professional Product key, but I want to install Windows 7 Home Basic, so my question is can I use Windows 7 Professional Product key to activate Windows 7 Home Basic? If no, then how ...
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Can I move a Windows 10 Pro product key from one PC to another?

We have a few laptops, each with Windows 10 Home (All upgraded from Windows 8). One of these laptops was upgraded to Pro, purchased through the Windows Store. Now, that same laptop has had a different ...
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Extract the Windows 10 retail product key

I tried to find the retail product key of Windows 10 with software like Nirsoft's ProduKey and Belarc Advisor. But the code they show doesn't match the code written on the official paper. How do I ...

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