This post shows students and new users the steps to find their Windows 11 product key. Windows uses a product key to verify the authenticity of a Windows license. To comply with the Microsoft Windows license, a single full (retail) version of Windows can only be installed and used on one computer.

Microsoft uses the activation (product) key to ensure that Windows is not installed on more than one computer. Every time you install Windows, you will be prompted for a product key. If the product key is being used on other computers, you may be allowed to activate and lock it.

You can transfer the full version (retail) license to another computer and you can still get support from Microsoft, but you will need to deactivate and uninstall the product key on other computers before you can reuse it.

Before deactivating and uninstalling the Windows Product Key, you may want to make a note of the key if you have forgotten it. With the key in hand, you can uninstall it from other computers to reinstall it.

There are several ways one can find your Windows 11 product key. Next, we will show you how to find your Windows 11 product key.

How to find the Windows 11 product key through the command prompt

You can use the command prompt to find your Windows 11 product key. Just run the command prompt as administrator from the Start Menu.

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windows 11 command prompt manager

Then run the following commands to display your product key.

wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey

How to find the Windows 11 product key through PowerShell

If you prefer PowerShell, find and open PowerShell as administrator from the Start menu.

Windows 11 powershell runs as administrator

Then run the following commands to see your product key.

powershell "(Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey"

Or run the following commands if the one above doesn’t work.

Get-Wmiobject SoftwareLicensingService | Select OA3xOriginalProductKey

How to find the Windows 11 product key through the registry editor

You can also view your Windows product key through the Windows registry. Find and open the Registry editor application from the Start menu.

registry editor in windows 11

When the registry editor opens, navigate to the path below. Or just copy and paste it into the breadcrumb.

ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionSoftwareProtectionPlatform

You should see the BackupProductKeyDefault item with the product key shown.

Updated Windows 11 Product Key Registry

You should do that!

Conclusion:

In this tutorial we have seen how to find the Windows 11 product key. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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