Wednesday 14 July 2021

Returning the Windows 10 key from Powershell.

It's sometimes a useful skill to be able to return the Windows 10 key from a device that has lost a sticker.

Fortunately you can get the windows key from a simple Powershell command run as admin.

(Get-WmiObject -query 'select * from SoftwareLicensingService').OA3xOriginalProductKey

Microsoft Office 2019 and Office 2016

Press Windows logo key+X on your keyboard to open the quick action menu.

Select Command Prompt (Admin).

If a security prompt window is displayed, select Allow.

Using the command line to check your license type

Open an elevated Command Prompt window.

Type the following command to navigate to the Office folder.

For 32-bit (x86) Office

cd c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\

For 64-bit (x64) Office

cd c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\


  cscript ospp.vbs /dstatus

and then press Enter.

In the example above the screen displays the Retail type license. If you have a volume license (VL) product, the license type is displayed as VL or Volume Licensing.

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