When your operating system Is Installed, along with other software that require a key or serial number to register the product, each serial Is stored somewhere on the OS. If you plan to format your computer with a clean Install of Windows 10, It's paramount to grab a copy of every serial number. In this tutorial, I will Introduce you to six of the very best tools that find product keys & serials with Incredible ease.
In order to use a particular software In It's fully-functional state, such as the likes of Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop, It must be activated and/or registered with It's respective serial number. For the most part, Windows stores serials In the Windows Registry, however In the majority of cases (as with the operating system), they're encrypted, hence not In a plain text readable format.
As such, I will show you a collection of tools (six In total), that automatically decrypt serials and return the result as per their original state. There are many that do not work with Windows 10, but I've personally taken the time to test each one on various editions, and they're all fully compatible. Moreover, I've handpicked only free portable versions, thus no need to Install them nor pay a single dime. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.
(1). Magic Jellybean Keyfinder:*Download via the official website.
This Is not only dedicated to the Windows operating system, but also other types of software that you've Installed and registered. In my case, It's returned the results for Windows 10 Enterprise, IsoBuster and MagicISO. I'll only demonstrate the first two, starting with my OS.
And here's the serial for IsoBuster. I've left It In It's unedited form, so feel free to use It. Do note, that It's suited to version 3.2.
(2). WinKeyFinder:*Developer's website download.
WinKeyFinder, Is used to retrieve serials only for the operating system and Microsoft Office products. By default, upon executing the tool, It will display the OS product key.
To show the serial for Microsoft Office, simply hit the MS Office button. In my example, I did not have Office Installed, but used the following Image for demonstration purposes.
(3). Windows Product Key Finder:*Trusted source download.
As the name Implies, this Is solely used for the Windows product key. It's extremely light, and returns the result literally within a second. The good thing about this tool, Is that It's open source, thus It's code can be viewed by anyone who has the skill set to do so.
It also has the capacity to decrypt the Windows product key from the Registry. It's beyond the scope of this post to elaborate on that, so I've just used an example by clicking the link at the top, and then hitting the Parse DigitalProductID button.
(4). ProduKey:*Official website download.
A very plain, yet effective tool to return keys for Microsoft products, and a few other software vendors as demonstrated In the next step. This Is my favorite tool, namely for It's simplicity and responsiveness.
Upon hitting the Options tab, you can pick and choose the keys that you wish to retrieve. This Is actually It's default settings, but obviously to can uncheck those that're not relative to your environment.
(5). Windows Product Key Viewer:*Developer's website download.
The biggest advantage of this tool, Is that's It's compatible with almost every operating system- from Windows 95, right through to Windows 10, both on the 32 and 64 bit architectures. As you may have guessed by It's title, It only relates to Windows product keys. As a bonus, It also displays the Windows Uptime and Boot Time.
If you like, there's the option to save the results on your computer, or send them to a printer of your choice. Given they're In plain text, be sure to store the copy/file In a safe place.
(6). Free PC Audit:*Download from a trusted source.
As opposed to the above tools, upon executing It, It first scans your computer to Identify all the serials/keys Installed. So be patient whilst It's performing It's task. It doesn't take long at all.
Along with returning my Windows Product ID and Product key, a whole heap of other Information pertaining to my computer Is displayed. Although not shown, It's also compatible with Microsoft Office keys.
As with the tool prior to this, you can save the results to any device. Again, make sure the details are securely stored, such as an encrypted USB flash drive.
Final Thoughts:You now have six of the best freeware tools, to retrieve the serial numbers and product keys of your operating system and Installed software. All of the above, was performed on my Windows 10 Enterprise edition on the 64 bit architecture, but as mentioned, they're compatible with every edition.
As with the above tool, namely Free PC Audit, you can also use It to provide detailed Information of your computer's hardware, similar to that of the built-In Windows utility named Device Manager.