The Windows 7 product key number is a sequence of 25 letters and numbers divided into 5 groups of 5 characters each (ex: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX) that is used to activate either the 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 edition that you purchased and installed.
This will show you how to find and see your product key number in Windows 7 or on the retail or OEM product license key Certificate of Authenticity (COA) sticker.
tips: A Product Key and Product ID are two completely different things, despite the similarity of the terms.
The 20 character Product ID is created during the installation process and is prominently displayed under the Windows activation section at the bottom of the Control Panel (icons view) -> System window. It is used to obtain/qualify for technical support from Microsoft; it is of no use during the installation process.
The 25 character Product Key is used to “prove” ownership of a legitimate license and is required to perform the installation to activate Windows with.
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NOTE: These will be store bought computers that came with Windows 7 preinstalled on them. The product key sticker will usually be on the back of a desktop, and on the bottom or under the battery of a laptop and notebook. The sticker key number may be different than the key number reported in one of the programs below. If so, the key number on the sticker is the one that’s unique to your computer, and that’s the one you’ll need to input should you ever clean install Windows. The different extracted key is just a master key used at the OEM factory.
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2. For a Retail Product Key on COA Sticker
NOTE: These will be computers that a retail copy of Windows 7 has been installed on. The product key sticker will be in the included paperwork in the retail Windows 7 box.
OPTION TWO: To Use “ShowKeyPlus” to See Product Key Number in Windows 7
Note:This option shows you how to use the free program Speccy to see what the product key number is from within a Windows 7 that it has already been entered in (ex: activated). Speccy will not show the product key number for Windows 7 Enterprise though.
1. Download, install, and run the free Speccy program.
2. In the left pane, click on Operating System. In the right pane, you will see the product key number to the right of Serial Number.
OPTION FIVE: To Use “ProduKey” to See Product Key Number in Windows 7
Note: This option shows you how to use the free program ProduKey to see what the product key number is from within a Windows 7 that it has already been entered in (ex: activated). ProduKey will not show the product key number for Windows 7 Enterprise though.
1. Download, extract, and run the free ProduKey program.
2. You will now see Windows product key listed.
OPTION SIX: Find Windows 7 Product Key with “Belarc Advisor”
Note:You must be signed in as an administrator to run this program. This program will not find the product key of Windows 7 Enterprise since it’s a volume license.
1. If you have not already, download and install the free Belarc Advisor program.
2. Run the program. When it displays the results in your default web browser, scroll down until you see your Windows 8 product key like below.