Windows 11 is the new version of Windows in town and you have now certain restrictions to keep in mind with this version of Windows. Mainly the need for an internet connection if you have purchased a Windows 11 home license. Many users that have upgraded to the new OS have had issues with this restriction when activating Windows.
Others have opted for a Pro version to circumvent this restriction. Either way, if you wish to activate your version of Windows 11 then you need your product key? Are you unable to find it but would like to format your system? Then here’s how you can find your product key on Windows 11.
What is a Windows product key?
Windows product key is a unique identifier for your purchase of Windows. This unique key helps identify and remunerate your purchase in Microsoft’s server which helps the company verify and activate your version of Windows. The Windows product key has been a notorious accomplice of the OS since the days of Windows XP and has always managed to spell trouble for most users.
The key is needed when you are installing Windows on a fresh system to validate your purchase of the OS and activate accordingly. If your Windows is not activated, then it will expire after 30 days and you will get limited functionality and features on your system during those 30 days.
Here are some common places where you should be able to find your Windows Product key depending on when and where you made the purchase.
4 Ways to find product key
Depending on where you purchased your PC/Windows License, the key could be anywhere. Here are some common places that you should start looking to find the physical copy of the key. In case you are unable to find your Windows key, use the guide after this to source the key from your activated installation of Windows.
Method #01: Using a CMD command
Press ‘Windows + S’ on your keyboard to bring up the Windows Search.
Now search for ‘CMD’ and click on ‘Run as administrator’ once it shows up in your search results.
Type in the following command below and press ‘Enter’ on your keyboard.
wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey
Your product key should now be revealed in the line below your command.
You can copy/photograph this product key and save it in a convenient location so that it can be easily accessed in the future.
Method #02: Check digital purchases receipts/orders
The first thing you should do is start by checking your digital purchases history in case your purchased Microsoft Windows through a digital store like the Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy, etc. If you purchased your version of Windows from any such store, then you can find the product key for your product in the purchases tab of your store.
For example, if you purchased your key through Amazon then you will find it in the ‘Your Games and Software Library’ section. And if you purchased your copy of Windows from the Microsoft Store, then you can visit Microsoft Store > Downloads > Product Keys > Subscription page.
Method #03: Check stickers on your PC
In case you bought a pre-built system where you were charged for a Windows License, then you will most likely find your product key on your system. In case you have a desktop system, a sticker will be stuck on either of the side panels. If you have a laptop, then you should have a sticker with the product key located at the bottom panel of your unit.
Additionally, in some cases, OEMs forget/choose not to apply this sticker. In such cases, you should check the technical documentation you might have received when the product was delivered. It is likely that the sticker with the product key is bundled with the documentation.
Method #04: Check with your organization
If you have a company or organization issue Windows system then you should check in with your organization. Many organizations buy Windows Licenses in bulk and in some cases, use an enterprise key to activate most versions of Windows on their systems.
If you have an organization issue system, then it is likely that your Windows license product key lies with your organization. You should get in touch with your admin to find the product key for your version of Windows.
Still can’t find the product key? Contact Microsoft
If you’re still unable to find your product key for some reason then it is time to get in touch with a Microsoft Expert especially if your copy of Windows is still activated. Microsoft experts have experience in solving most issues including lost product keys.
You can use the guide below to directly get in touch with a Microsoft agent. You can then express your concerns and the representative should help you recover your product key after verifying your purchase in no time.
Press ‘Windows + R’ on your keyboard to bring up the ‘Run’ dialog box.
Now type in the following command and press ‘Enter’ on your keyboard.
Now select your country from the list that appears on your screen.
Use phone activation to verify your identity and you will be connected to a Microsoft agent shortly.
You should now be able to use Microsoft Support to recover your product key.
And that’s it! We hope you were able to recover/find your product key on Windows 11 using the guide above. If you face any issues or have any questions for us, feel free to reach out using the comments section below.