Knowing your Windows 11 product key is important in the event you ever need to provide proof that you own a copy of Windows 11. You may be prompted to enter your Windows 11 product key during a reinstall of your operating system, a major update, or when dealing with Microsoft support. Thankfully, your can use the Command Prompt app to quickly get your Windows 11 product key. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in both the YouTube video above and the image collection located beneath the steps.
Steps to Find Windows 11 Product Key
- Navigate to your Windows 11 home screen and then click the “Windows” icon on the taskbar. A menu is displayed.
- Enter “Command Prompt” in the search bar. You’ll see the Command Prompt app in the list of results.
- Right-click the Command Prompt app to open a context menu, and then click “Run As Administrator” in this menu. The Command Prompt application launches.
- Enter the command text on the screen after your username. It should like look what’s on the screen right now. I’ll also include this text in the video description if you just want to copy that.
- Press “Enter” on the keyboard. You’ll see a line added beneath your command that says Original Product Key, and beneath that you’ll see your Windows 11 product key.
Other Ways to Find Your Windows 11 Product Key
Through the Microsoft Account
If you made your Windows 11 purchase through the Microsoft Store, you have the option to store your product key in your Microsoft Account. To access it, simply log into your account and check the order details or product information section.
Packaged with the Installation Materials
When you buy a physical copy of Windows 11, the product key will be included in the package. Look through the manual or packaging to find it.
Confirmation Email from Microsoft
Online purchases of Windows 11 come with a confirmation email from Microsoft that holds your product key. Check both your inbox and spam folder for the email.
The Windows Registry
For those who already have Windows 11 installed, the product key is stored in the Windows Registry. Utilize specialized software to extract the key from the registry.
Sticker on the Device or Packaging
Older computers that come pre-installed with Windows 11 usually have the product key on a sticker on the device or its packaging. Take a look at both the device and its packaging for a sticker.
In case you have created backups of your system, there’s a chance your product key may be stored within the backup file. Check the backup file to locate the key.
Reasons You Want to Know Your Windows 11 Product Key
Installing Windows 11 on a New Device
If you plan to install Windows 11 on a new device, you will need the product key. The product key serves as proof of your Windows 11 license. Simply enter the product key during the installation process to activate your copy of Windows 11.
Reinstalling Windows 11
Reinstalling Windows 11 may be necessary for various reasons such as fixing software issues or upgrading hardware. In order to reactivate Windows 11, you will need your product key. Keep it safe and easily accessible for future reinstallations.
Upgrading from a Previous Version of Windows
Upgrading to Windows 11 from an earlier version requires a valid product key. The product key activates the upgrade, giving you access to the latest features and security updates.
Transferring the License to a New Device
If you decide to switch to a new device, transfer your Windows 11 license by providing the product key. The product key proves that you own a valid license, allowing you to activate Windows 11 on your new device.
Keeping a Record
Keep a record of your Windows 11 product key for future reference. Store it securely and make sure you can access it easily in case you need to reinstall or transfer the license.
In the event that you need technical support from Microsoft, they may require your Windows 11 product key. Having your product key readily available can save time and ensure a smooth support experience.