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Check Which Version A Product Key Belongs To

A Windows Product Key, also referred to as an Activation or Licence Key, Is 25 characters In length that's used to activate the operating system, either during the Installation process or via the Windows environment. Each key Is suited to It's respective edition & version, hence If you have a bunch of keys stored In a text file and forgotten what OS they're relative to, In this tutorial, I will show you how to check which version (and edition) a Product Key belongs to.

If (for example), you plan to format your computer with Windows 10 Pro or Install It In a Virtual Machine with the Intention to activate It thereafter, It's essential to Identify the correct Product Key. For Instance, a Windows 10 Enterprise edition key, will not work on Windows 10 Pro. Similarly, a Product key belonging to Windows 8 Is not suited to Windows 10. The editions & versions must match.

On the grounds you have a number of keys written down or stored on your USB flash drive with no Identifiable Information, how do you know what edition & version of Windows they originated from? Well, I will demonstrate how to check this, by using a neat little tool named ShowKeyPlus, which can be downloaded from this reputable website.

It also allows you to save the results to a text file for future reference. The process Is extremely simple, so without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:

Once you've downloaded ShowKeyPlus, there's no need to Install It, so simply double-click the executable file. It will then Instantly display the Product Key (Installed Key), as well as other details of your operating system. You can see my Information below.

Step Two:

Now to check the edition & version of a given Product Key. Click on the Check product key link at the top, and enter It In the Product Key Input field as outlined In red.

Step Three:

After a few seconds, the result will be displayed. As you can see, the Product Key that I've entered, belongs to Windows 10 Enterprise edition.

Step Four:

For future reference, let's save the results to a text file by clicking that very button, namely Save.

Step Five:

The tool will name the file for you, or you can choose your own. I've left mine at Windows 10 Enterprise Key.txt. When you've navigated to your directory, hit Save.

Step Six:

My file has been saved as per the Image below. In the next step, I'll open It In Notepad and see what It contains.

Last Step:

As you can see, my text file contains the Windows edition & version that the Product Key belongs to, being Windows 10 Enterprise. I now know exactly what operating system the key Is suited to.

Final Thoughts:

It doesn't get any easier than this, does It? The good thing about ShowKeyPlus, Is that It retrieves the Product Key of both the operating system on which It's executed on, and a given key that you physically enter. So If you've obtained a key from somewhere and want to know the Windows edition & version It belongs to, ShowKeyPlus Is your answer.


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