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If you’re looking for your Windows 10 product key, you can find it by entering a quick command in the Command Prompt. Here’s how—plus a neat little trick for finding the product key using a Windows Registry method.

Find Your Windows 10 Product Key Using the Command Prompt

To find your Windows 10 product key using the Command Prompt, you’ll need to open the command line application with administrative privileges. To do this, type “cmd” in the Windows search bar.

type cmd in search bar

Command Prompt will appear in the search results. Right-click it and select “Run As Administrator” from the window that appears. If prompted, enter your Windows account password.

Run as admin option

Once open, copy and paste the following command and then hit the Enter key:

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

The 25-digit product key will then appear.

Product key in Command prompt

That’s all there is to it. This way is quick, but this isn’t likely a code you’ll remember very easily. If you’d like a faster way of accessing your product key in the future, you can use the Windows Registry method instead.

Find Your Windows 10 Product Key Using a Windows Registry Method

The Windows Registry tip was initially posted by a user (whose account is no longer active) in the Microsoft forum.

First, open Notepad by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop, hovering over “New,” and then selecting “Text Document” from the menu.

Open a new text file

Copy and paste this code into Notepad:

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId"))

Function ConvertToKey(Key)
Const KeyOffset = 52
i = 28
Cur = 0
x = 14
Cur = Cur * 256
Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255
Cur = Cur Mod 24
x = x -1
Loop While x >= 0
i = i -1
KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput
If (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then
i = i -1
KeyOutput = "-" & KeyOutput
End If
Loop While i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
End Function

Next, click the “File” tab and select “Save As.”

save as in notepad

In File Explorer, set the “Save As Type” dropdown to “All Files” and give your file a name. You can use any name, but it has to be a .vbs file. You can name it something like: productkey.vbs

save file type as vbs file

Once you’ve entered a file name, save the file.

product key icon

You can now view your Windows 10 product key at any time by opening the new file.

product key

Marshall Gunnell Marshall Gunnell
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer at LINE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.
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