How to find your Windows 8 or 8.1 product key

windows 8

Product keys gatekeepers that prevent widespread piracy, but if there’s one drawback to them, it’s the fact that they can be misplaced quite easily. There’s a good chance your Windows product key is deeply buried within an email inbox full of spam, entombed in the dark recesses of your closet, or otherwise inaccessible. Thankfully, Windows users can easily extract the key from the Windows Registry using a product key finder in less than 15 minutes.

Here’s our guide on how to find your Windows 8 or 8.1 product key Also, check out top picks for the best product key finders, along with our guides on how to install Windows 8 and how to upgrade to Windows 8.1

Download Belarc Advisor, a free PC audit program with full Windows 8 support that also functions as a key finder tool. Unfortunately, manually locating the Windows 8 product key in the registry isn’t possible so you’ll need to use a program like this.
1. See my List of Free Key Finder Programs for more tools like Belarc Advisor but please try it first since I’ve confirmed that it correctly finds Windows 8 product keys.
Note: Any product key finder that advertises support for Windows 8 will work for either edition: Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, and very likely both editions of Windows 8.1.

  1. Install Belarc Advisor, following whatever instructions are given during the installation.Note: If you choose a different keyfinder, please know that some are supported by optional add-on programs so be sure to uncheck those options during the program’s installation if you don’t want them. A few of them require no installation at all.
  2. Run Belarc Advisor (the initial analysis may take a little while) and note the Windows 8 product key displayed in the Software Licenses section.The Windows 8 product key is a series of 25 letters and numbers and should look like this: xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx.
  3. Write down the Windows 8 key exactly as shown for use when reinstalling Windows 8.Important: Make sure each and every letter and number is written exactly as shown. If even one digit isn’t transcribed correctly, the key won’t work to reinstall Windows 8.

Leave a Reply