How to use the Command Prompt to recover your Windows Product Key

While newer computers, now seem to store the Windows Product Key in the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). It does no harm to make a note of your Product Key before you wipe your computer and reinstall Windows. So in this video, we take a look at how from the Command Prompt we can recover our Windows Product Key.

Note: The Windows Product Key is only necessary to activate Windows. However, it is possible to run an un-activated version of Windows which will be missing key features and important updates. Then with Windows installed on your computer you can purchase a product key through Windows online.

Quick reference notes:

  • From the Windows desktop, select the Search bar.
  • Within Search type CMD and press Enter on your keyboard
  • When the Command Prompt window opens type the following:
wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey
  • When you press Enter on your Keyboard, the Product Key for your computer will be displayed.
  • To gracefully close the Command Prompt type:
exit
  • When you press Enter on your keyboard the Command Prompt window close.

Reference Material:

Microsoft article – Windows commands 
Microsoft article – Find your Windows product key
Amazon store – Purchase Windows product key
Wikipedia article – cmd.exe

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