How to view Windows 11 Product or License Key

The Windows product key is 25-character numbers and letters that help Microsoft verifies that your copy of Windows is genuine.

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When you buy a new Windows computer, the manufacturer may have activated your copy of Windows with its license/product key. This is known as the OEM license key.

Also, if you build your PC yourself or did an upgrade, you can purchase Windows 11 products key from retail manufacturers.

Whichever way your Windows was activated. There are times when you will need this information. While OEM licenses are usually not transferrable to a new machine or CPU. You can still use your retail key on another Windows machine.

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This guide shows you how to locate your Windows 11 product key from the command prompt and by using Windows utility software.

Use Command Prompt to locate Windows 11 Product Key

This method is only useful if you have an OEM version of the Windows 11 product key. In another word, if Windows 11 was pre-installed on your computer.

To view the product key of a retail Windows 11 software, you can skip to the second option.

To get started, type “cmd” onto the search bar and hit the Enter key. This opens the Command Prompt windows.

Next, type in

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

This displays your Windows 11 OEM product key as shown below.

Find Windows 11 Product Key with ShowKeyPlus

ShowKeyPlus is a windows utility software that displays your Windows 11 product key and is mostly useful for checking the retail version of Windows 11.

To use it, launch the Microsoft Store and search for “ShowKeyPlus”. Once you installed and run the utility, it will reveal important details about your machine as shown below.

The Currently Installed key is the key being used by your version of Windows when you upgrade from a later version.

The Original Product Key is the product key from your earlier version of Windows.

Other ways you can find your product key include:

  • Checking the stickers on your Computer Chassis
  • Checking the purchase confirmation emails and receipts
  • Checking your Windows installation disc.

I hope you find this guide helpful, kindly leave a comment if you have any questions.

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