Finding Windows 10 product key for clean install

By Peter Chubb - Aug 10, 2015

Windows 7 and 8 users have been enjoying downloading and installing Windows 10 on their devices for a little less than 2 weeks now, and most of them have gone without a hitch. But what about those that do now want to over right their old files and would rather a clean Windows 10 install?

Having already looked at a few issues people are having with the Windows 10 clean install being too slow, we thought we would look at another issue people have come across to do with this very subject, and that is how to find the Windows 10 product key.

Finding Windows 10 product key

People may not know this, but when you install Windows 10 for free you are issued with a new product key, and so the old one for the previous version is no longer used. You cannot find this just by looking around on your computer, and so you will need to download a piece of software.

Having already looked at a few tools of this kind, ITProPortal believes that one of the more reliable ones is ProduKey, which is free. There are two versions, one for 32-bit and the other for the 64-bit version of Windows 10.

The file is compressed and so will not take long to download, and once you run the installer your product key is provided to you in mere seconds. Once you have this you are then advised to copy it or even send it to your email, as a backup for if and when things go wrong.

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  • RB2

    Ill second James Ritter’s comments. The writer Peter Schlubb doesnt have any practical knowledge of this. A Win 10 upgrade over Win7/8.1 just will give you a generic product key. One that you cant use for a clean install of Win 10. The new key for the upgrade is one of a few or more that everyone else is getting. However, once you do a clean install of Win10, I further suppose you’ll have another generic Win 10 key that is of no use for activating a machine. The activation works off a hardware hash of your computer thats stored on Microsoft Data base.

  • James Ritter

    Peter Chubb, how on God’s green earth did you get a job writing about technical stuff? It’s overwrite, not over right. Secondly, you don’t need to “find” your Windows 10 product key. Third, because of your ineptness on the subject, you’re luring people into downloading questionable software that they don’t even need. You have got to be freakin’ kidding me. This is what drives tech guys like me batty. You’re doling out advice from your IT Pez dispenser and I’m going to have to fix the aftermath. Did you even read about Windows 10 activation? If you say you did, then you certainly didn’t understand it.
    Do us all a big favor: stick to writing about things you know.