What are the best ways of recovering a lost Windows product key?

asked by Vickie Cain
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6 solutions
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    #1Microsoft Support

    Microsoft Support

    Microsoft Support is always there. It will be there for everything you need and every problem you could have on Windows. For discovering how to show hidden folders or files on Windows, this is the best option without a doubt. 

    Websites

    Free

    Albert Phillips
    Written on July 15, 2018
    "This site has clearly laid out instructions, for multiple operating systems, on how to find a lost product key. The site also provides access to a large community of Windows users, for outside help in case the problem isn't solved. "
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    #2The Magical Jelly Bean Product KeyFinder

    The Magical Jelly Bean Product KeyFinder

    The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is utility tool with an easy to use interface that retrieves your Product Key used to install Windows from your registry. It also has a community-updated configuration file that retrieves product keys for many other applications. Another feature is the ability to retrieve product keys from unbootable Windows installations.


    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- 29.95

    Ethan Nichols
    Written on July 15, 2018
    "The best way to recover a lost Windows product key is to use The Magical Jelly Bean Product KeyFinder. It is extremely easy to use and install and you will get your key back in no time."
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    #3Belarc Advisor

    Belarc Advisor

    This tool builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, network inventory, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, security benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Kevin Davis
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "seems like a good choice"
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    #4Win keyfinder

    Win keyfinder

    Win keyfinder is a free utility tool that helps you find Windows Product/CD Key that was used during Windows Installation from system Registry.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Mark Holmes
    Written on November 23, 2017
    "I had to reinstall my OS after a virus tore through it. I did all the reinstallation, but could not find the system Registry key. Win keyfinder helped me immensely. This helped me figure out what it was and get my computer up and running again."
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    #5Windows Product Key Finder Pro

    Windows Product Key Finder Pro

    Windows Product Key Finder is a software which displays the installed Windows Product Key (cd key) and other important Windows system information.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Matthew Robinson
    Written on November 21, 2017
    "This tool does help you recover your key, there's no doubt about it. After running it, however, my antivirus found some suspicious entries in my registry. They weren't anything serious, but I would be very weary of using this tool if you have other options available."
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    #6LicenseCrawler

    LicenseCrawler

    LicenseCrawleri is a tool that determines the serial numbers and licenses keys of installed programs from local and networks connected clients.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Crystal Mendez
    Written on July 22, 2018
    "If you ever lose a Windows product key then use LicenseCrawler. I've used it a handful of times. There are times when i have to bring my computer back to factory mode and I lose my License keys from my installed programs. LicenseCrawler will find them for you with no effort at all."

Summary

Best What are the best ways of recovering a lost Windows product key
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Microsoft SupportWebsites 8 Free
2The Magical Jelly Bean Product KeyFinderSoftware 6 Free
3Belarc AdvisorSoftware 5 Free
4Win keyfinderSoftware 3 Free
5Windows Product Key Finder ProSoftware 2 Free
6LicenseCrawlerSoftware 1 Free
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