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Change Product Key in Windows 11

A Windows product key is a 25-character code used to activate Windows. It looks like this:

  • PRODUCT KEY: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

Depending on how you got your copy of Windows 10 or Windows 11, you’ll need either a 25-character product key or a digital license to activate it. A digital license (called a digital entitlement in Windows 10, Version 1511) is a method of activation in Windows 10 and Windows 11 that doesn’t require you to enter a product key. Without one of these, you won’t be able to activate your device.

Sometimes you may need to change the product key in Windows 11 if you used a generic key, skipped entering product key during Windows Setup, or want to upgrade your Windows 11 edition with a product key.

This tutorial will show you how to change the product key in Windows 11.

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Find Product Key in Windows 11

A Windows product key is a 25-character code used to activate Windows. It looks like this:

  • PRODUCT KEY: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

Depending on how you got your copy of Windows 10 or Windows 11, you’ll need either a 25-character product key or a digital license to activate it. A digital license (called a digital entitlement in Windows 10, Version 1511) is a method of activation in Windows 10 and Windows 11 that doesn’t require you to enter a product key. Without one of these, you won’t be able to activate your device.

This tutorial will show you how to find and view your product key in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Generic Product Keys to Install or Upgrade Windows 11 Editions

Generic keys (aka: “default keys”) for Windows 11 from Microsoft will allow you to install or upgrade to a specific Windows 11 edition you want, but will not activate it.

Using a generic key can be helpful if you wanted to install or upgrade to a specific Windows 11 edition for evaluation or testing on a PC or virtual machine, or just don’t have a digital license or your genuine product key currently available and you will activate later when able.

This tutorial will provide you with a list of RTM (retail) and KMS generic keys (default keys) for all editions of Windows 11.

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