How to find your activation key for Windows 7, 8 and 10

Reinstalling the system, unexpected crashes and banal illegibility of the sticker can be a hassle if you suddenly need to restore your Windows license key. There is no need to despair: scripts and numerous programs designed to obtain the required key will come to our aid.

Let’s consider several ways to find a 25-digit activation key, where each user, regardless of the version of Windows OS used , be it version 7, 8 or 10, will find the most suitable option for himself.

VBS script
Let’s start with a couple of the simplest methods that do not require the installation of any third-party software. To implement the VBS script, we need to create a simple text document. After that, we add the following script text to it .

Set an arbitrary name for the file, add the extension “.vbs”, then in the sub-item “File type” select the value “All files” and save.

We just have to run the created script with a double click of the mouse. A window with a license key will appear. Clicking on the “OK” button will display more detailed information – product ID and full version of Windows. Pressing the “Ok” button again will close the script.

To implement the script using PowerShell, you need a file created in Notepad and run as administrator. We add the appropriate script to it .

Save the file: set the name and add “.ps1”, the file type is “All files”. We select the directory of the local disk “C” as the place of saving.

Next, we need to run the created script. To do this, click on the “Start” button with the right mouse button and select the item “Windows PowerShell (administrator)”. In the window that opens, enter the command:

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

To confirm the command, enter the letter “Y”. It remains to enter the path to the script, in a specific case it looks like this:

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If you did everything correctly, the product name, ID and key will appear on the screen.

To save the key in a separate file, enter the letter “Y” and confirm. A corresponding text file named “WindowsKeyInfo” appears on the desktop.

After receiving the key, you can restore the default settings of the script execution policy. You just need to enter the following command:

Set-ExecutionPolicy restricted

Confirm this procedure with the “Y” command and close the application with the “Exit” command.

If Windows was preinstalled on your PC, the embedded OEM key in the UEFI of the motherboard can be seen with the following command:

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

You need to enter it in the command line, previously run as administrator.

Let’s move on to specialized programs. Produkey is a simple utility designed to display the keys and IDs of various programs. After downloading Produkey, just click on the program icon to open the main window.

In addition to the Windows key, we will receive information about other installed products – Office and Explorer. The corresponding columns contain information about the installation location, modification date, PC name and product ID.

ShowKeyPlus is similar in functionality to the previously reviewed ProduKey program. After downloading the application, we find ourselves in a window where several sub-items are located on the left side, and information about the system is displayed on the right. Here we already know the product ID, Windows version and, of course, the key.

The function that saves information about the activation key in a separate text document will be very useful.

To do this, click on the “Save” tab, then select the name of the file to be saved and the type. In addition to the standard text file, the document is available in Word and Excel formats.

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Appendix Free PC Audit has extensive tools for information on PC. Here we will find both installed applications, and currently operating processes, and detailed information about each component of the PC.

Naturally, the developers of this utility also paid attention to the operating system. Going to the “System” tab, we will find information about the PC name, ID and key of the installed Windows.

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In addition to this, you can find out the OS version and installation date. To copy the product key, just select the appropriate item and press the key combination “Ctrl + C”.

AIDA64 Extreme
The familiar AIDA64 Extreme program allows you not only to monitor the temperature of components and conduct stress tests on the system, but also to get the coveted Windows license key.

After installing the application, just go to the “Operating System” tab. The information we are interested in will appear in the right window. In addition to the product key, AIDA64 Extreme displays the operating system ID, username and computer name, as well as the OS version and the date it was installed.