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Read a Windows 10 product key: Step by step

Reading a Windows 10 product key is only possible if you know the trick. VENDOSOFT will explain to you how to do this.

As a result of new activation methods for Windows 10, which relies on a digital license, you only need your Windows 10 product key in exceptional cases, for example when selling your license.

The Windows license key: access to the world of Windows

With the Windows license key, the purchaser provides Microsoft with the assurance that they have acquired the Windows version via appropriate channels – thus, for example, as used software. This makes it possible to prevent the spread of pirated copies of Windows. However, reading the 25-digit Windows 10 Product Key is not that easy, as it is difficult to find. Why? Microsoft has changed the activation method for Windows 10 so that it is based on a digital license.

When upgrading to Windows 10, which Microsoft offered free of charge for a long time, you did not receive a license key, for example. Instead, the new version of Windows is activated using a digital license.

The problem: if you want to sell Windows 10 later and the buyer wants to reinstall it, he will need the corresponding Windows 10 product key.

If you have misplaced your license key or if, like many users, you obtained Windows 10 as a free upgrade, you will need to read your Windows 10 product key.

How can I read the Windows 10 product key?

There is a trick needed to read the product key for Windows 10. Since the license key for Windows 10 is not in plain text in the registry, you need the appropriate tools. For example, you can use the “Windows Product Key Viewer”. In order to be able read the product key for Windows 10, proceed as follows:

◾ Download the cost-free program.
◾ Decompress the ZIP file.
◾ Execute the file, “pkeyuibx.exe”. This opens a Windows screen.
◾ You will now see your Windows 10 license key under the “Product Key” item.

Alternatively, you can use the free tools, “License Crawler” or “The Ultimate PID Checker”.

What you need to pay attention to when reading a product key for Windows 2010

The following should be considered when reading a product key for Windows 10:

  • You will no longer find the corresponding license key in plain text in the registry, as was the case with older versions of Windows. It is essential that you use a tool.
  • The Windows 10 product key can be read using various tools. It is best to select a free tool for this.
  • To read your Windows 10 product key, follow the instructions precisely when running your tool.

Do you have questions or do you need help in reading your Windows product key?

Do you have questions about the read process for the planned sale of your Windows license and need further assistance?
Then just contact us! The specialists in used software at VENDOSOFT will be glad to explain to you in detail how you can read out your Windows 10 Product Key and will advise you about the lucrative purchase and sale of second-hand software. You can reach us at +49.8143-99694-0 or through personal consultancy.


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