If you looking for Windows 10 product key, then you are in the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about how to find the product key and how activation works on free upgraded versus new retail copies of Windows 10.
2018 Windows 10 Product Key
Even you are scanning for Microsoft’s free upgrade offer, which by the way was free till 2016. Or you got a new license for your PC off retail, online, via subscription-based sources like Microsoft’s own MSDN service.
There is still something you need to know about the latest product keys. Moreover, you must also understand the full process involved in activating a machine on Microsoft’s latest desktop OS.
If you upgraded your PC to Windows 10 from a genuine copy of either Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 7, the license will be tied to the hardware you upgrade on, not your Microsoft account.
Moreover, it does not give any new product key either. It allows you to verify this using any third-party product key fetching software like ProduKey and The Ultimate PID Checker.
They will show you generic product keys like TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99 for Windows 10 Home. Furthermore, it offers VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T for Windows 10 Pro edition.
Requirements For Installation
To clean install Windows 10 on the same machine, the software allows you to do that by downloading an ISO file. Then turns it into a USB drive or DVD media and then running the setup for a clean install.
During installation, when Windows setup asks you for the product key. Just simply skip the step and let it complete the installation.
Once Windows 10 clean install is complete, your copy of Windows will activate automatically as soon as you connect to the Internet.
The reason for this is that Microsoft knows you clean installed on the same hardware. Furthermore, it also lets you check the activation status from either Setting by going to Update & security > Activation
Product Key And Activation More Details
If you bought the retail license of Windows 10 or got a digital product key either from Windows Store, MSDN, DreamSpark, etc. You obviously have a unique product key that entered in Windows setup during clean installations.
In case you lose the number, the programs allow you to use third-party software’s like ProduKey to find it on an existing installation. Besides, those third-party staff is available in the internet.