If you need help with locating your Windows product key, this article is for you. Once you have gained access to your Windows product key, you can get the installation process underway and start making the most of the various features provided to you by Microsoft. The process of locating your Windows product key will depend on how you obtained your copy of Windows. It’s possible to get hold of digital and physical licences.
Physical copies of Windows
If you buy a physical copy of Windows, you will receive either a USB or a DVD with a manual. You’ll be able to find the actual product key on a label or card in the box. It’s wise to store a copy of this key digitally just in case you misplace the physical version.
New PCs with Windows built-in
If you have a new PC with Windows 10 pre-installed, you can find the product key on your Certificate of Authenticity. This should be attached to your PC. You should have received a Windows 10 box as part of the physical package. If this is the case, you can follow the steps described above. If you still have a problem with finding your key, get in touch with the shop you bought it from or the manufacturer of the computer.
Digital copies from Microsoft.com
Did you purchase a product key from Microsoft’s official website? If so, you should have received a confirmation email from the company after you bought it. This will contain your product key. You will only be able to activate your copy of Windows 10 with a link in this email. If you no longer have access to the email or it never came through, contact Microsoft.
Copies obtained through free upgrades
Many PC users obtain Windows 10 by taking advantage of the free upgrades from 7 or 8.1 offered by Microsoft. If you have upgraded from these systems, you will be given a digital licence rather than a product key.
Damaged or obscured Windows product keys
If you have sufficient information about your Windows licence but don’t have access to your product key, get in touch with the PC manufacturer. They should also be able to help you if you do have access to your product key but has been rendered unreadable due to damage.
What does Windows 10 have to offer?
Windows 10 is the ‘final’ version of Windows, with Windows 10 Pro being the full edition of the software. Microsoft has said it will be providing users with updates over time rather than replacing it with new editions. Windows 10 comes with a range of popular features that had disappeared from previous versions, including the Start Menu and desktop mode. It also offers pen support via Windows Ink and the increasingly popular voice assistant Cortana. Other key features include the Microsoft Edge browser and the Hello security feature that allows you to log in with your facial features.