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How to Find Your PC’s Windows Product Key So You Can Reinstall Windows
Embedded in your PC’s UEFI firmware: Many newer PCs that come with Windows 8 use a new method. The key for the version of
Windows the PC comes with is stored in the computer’s UEFI firmware or BIOS. You don’t even need to know it — assuming you’re
installing the same edition of Windows the PC came with, it should automatically activate and work without you needing to enter a key.
It’ll all happen automatically.
The product key is stored in the registry on your computer, and it can be read by simple key-viewing programs or even basic scripts. We
recommend NirSoft ProduKey for this. Despite all our railing against the Windows freeware ecosystem, NirSoft’s software has always been
excellent and never tried to force junk onto your PC. Be sure to download it from NirSoft’s official website and not a third-party download site, though.
Download ProduKey, run it, and look at the Windows product key it displays. Be sure to read the “Product Key” column, and not the “Product ID” column.
Write this product key down, print it out, or store it somewhere electronically. You’ll need it when reinstalling Windows, and you may not be able to get it again
if you wipe your hard drive.
But, beware — this product key may not actually work for reinstalling Windows on your PC.
Newer Windows 8 PCs can avoid all these problems. The key isn’t stored on software where it can be wiped, or on a sticker where it could be smudged off or removed. No one can glance at your computer’s COA sticker to steal its product key. Instead, the key is stored in the computer’s UEFI firmware or BIOS by the manufacturer.
You don’t have to do anything special if you have this. If your computer came with WIndows 8 and it doesn’t have a COA sticker, don’t worry. You should just be able to reinstall the same edition of Windows the PC came with and it should just work without even asking you for a key. (Still, it may be best to run NirSoft’s ProduKey and write down any key you find there before reinstalling Windows — just in case.)
so The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder might not work