What is and where to find your Windows 8 or Windows 10 Product Key.
This article describes how Windows 8 and Windows 10 Product Keys work, and how to identify a Windows 8 or Windows 10 Genuine system.
Factory-installed Windows 8 and Windows 10 computers differ from previous versions of Windows. The Product Key for Windows was previously attached as a label on the computer. This key could be referenced for activation if the operating system needed to be reinstalled.
For Windows 8 and Windows 10, the Product Key is "injected" onto the computer motherboard at the factory. Installation and activation of Windows refer to the information in the BIOS of the computer to verify authenticity. Owners of these computers do not need a physical key to input.
Dell computers that are factory-installed with Windows 8 or Windows 10 may carry a logo on the palmrest. This logo verifies that the computer is a Genuine Windows 8 or Windows 10 device and has a Product Key on the motherboard.
For more on specific labels that Microsoft uses on computer hardware, refer to Microsoft's How to Tell website. Click the What to look for tab at the top of the page for images and information
Windows 7 computers have one of two options for Product Keys:
For more information about Windows 7 and previous versions of Windows, see the Microsoft site.
Article ID: SLN290004Last Date Modified: 06/16/2020 03:10 AM