How To Find / Get Windows 10 Product Key And Activate It

How To Find / Get Windows 10 Product Key And Activate It
PIX1861 / Pixabay

If you bought a new PC or upgraded it, this guide will show you how to get the Windows 10 Product key and use your computer or laptop the same as you did before.

There are two ways to get Microsoft’s Windows 10. One way is if you owned a genuine version of Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 7, accept Microsoft’s kind offer and update directly from your system, preserving all the important data, programs or games. Another way is to purchase a new license for your own PC from a computer shop or online. If you recently had to reinstall Windows 10 or upgrade your hardware components, read on to find out how to get the Windows 10 Product Key and activate your system again.

How to get Windows 10 Product Key: Windows 10 free upgrade

Qualivian Investment Partners July 2022 Performance Update

stocks performance 1651757664Qualivian Investment Partners performance update for the month ended July 31, 2022. Q2 2022 hedge fund letters, conferences and more Dear Friends of the Fund, Please find our July 2022 performance report below for your review. Qualivian reached its four year track record in December 2021.  We are actively weighing investment proposals. Starting in November Read More

If you are one of those people who happily embraced the opportunity to upgrade your system from Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 7, your license will be bound to your hardware, instead of your Microsoft account. That also means that you won’t get any product key. If you want to get your product key, you can use special software which does that, for example, ProduKey or The Ultimate PID Checker.

If you ever feel that you need to start from the beginning and install Windows 10 from scratch on your computer which already used a genuine version of the Windows 10, you can do that by downloading an ISO file, which further on gets transferred into a bootable USB drive and the installation is performed from there. At the end of the installation, once Windows asks you for a product key, skip that step and naturally complete the installation. When the installation is finalized, the copy of Windows will activate automatically, as soon as your computer or laptop is connected to the internet.

If you go to Settings and navigate to Activation, which is located within the Update & Security section, you can see it for yourself. Another way to check this is to go to Control Panel, click System and Security and go to System.

If you still own your old product keys from Windows 7 or 8, you can activate your Windows in case you upgraded your hardware or bought a new PC. However, this won’t work if you didn’t update your copy of Windows 10 after November 2015. That being said, if this was the case, or you couldn’t find your product key, make sure to call Microsoft and inform them that you want to get your Windows activated on new hardware.

How to get Windows 10 Product Key: Retail Version

In case you purchased your copy of Windows 10 in a retail store or bought it directly from Microsoft, MSDN, DreamSpark or other, you will be provided with your own product key. When you are installing Windows, you will be prompted to insert your product key.

Unfortunately, there is one issue with this method. In case you change your PC or upgrade some component, you will likely have a problem because these keys are not bound to your hardware. That being said, you need to be extra-careful if you end up selling your PC.

Fortunately, after Windows 10’s Anniversary Update, you are able to link the retail and digital licenses of Windows 10 to your Microsoft account. That way, when you buy a new PC, all you have to do is sign in using your Microsoft account and activate Windows 10.

That’s pretty much about how to get a Windows 10 product key. Have you linked your Windows 10 with your Microsoft account yet? Make sure to do it before you upgrade your PC!

Updated on

Danica Simic has been writing ever since she was a child. Before she started writing for ValueWalk she was reviewing laptops, headphones and gaming equipment as well as writing articles about astronomy and game development. Danica is a student of applied and computational physics while also studying software and data engineering. Her hobbies include reading, swimming, drawing and gaming whenever she has free time. - Email her at
Previous article Bill Ackman’s Giant White Whale
Next article The Distribution Of Returns & The Randomness Embedded In Them

No posts to display


  1. To save money, I suggest to buy OEM keys. The prices on the market is around $25, much more cheaper than a retail version. A good place I found in google is , the price is tempting, and the key works well, as long as you don’t change hardware like motherboard after system activation…