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Whilst Windows 11 packs heat with familiar apps, some methods have changed in the latest incarnation of the popular operating system. With any new experience, the odd piece of information can be hard to find. In this PC Guide (See what we did there?), we’re going to show you how to find a Windows 11 Product Key
Firstly, let’s check that Windows is activated. It’s easy to forget about activation when it comes to fresh installs for example:
Hit the search icon in the task bar, search for ‘Settings’ and click open.
The activation page should look like this. If it doesn’t, a valid Windows 10/11 key will need to be entered or a digital licence will need to be purchased from the Microsoft Store.
Now that Windows 11 is activated, lets find the product key. For the first method we will be making a registry script using notepad. As of writing, this method is providing the wrong key. However, this issue may be fixed in the final Windows 11 build.
Copy and paste the following body of text into Notepad. Then click file, followed by save as.
Const KeyOffset = 52
i = 28
Chars = “BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789”
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
Loop While i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
Next, we need to make sure the file type is .vbs. Click the file type drop-down menu and select ‘All Files’. Name the file ‘productkey.vbs’
4: Finally, click on the file which will prompt a new window to open populated with the current Windows 11 product key.
Using command prompt to get a Windows 11 product key is going to be the easier option for most users. Simply follow the below steps:
Search for ‘CMD’ and click ‘Run as Administrator’. OK the following security prompt.
On the command line, copy and paste the following command and hit enter:
‘wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey’
This will bring up the current Windows 11 product key.
Simple, right? It’s always good practice to make a note of your product key externally in case a fresh install of Windows 11 is ever needed. Need more help with Windows 11? Make sure to bookmark our Windows 11 hub.