Best tools to recover your Windows license key

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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The license key is probably one of the most important ‘keys’ on your computer. Without a product key, you cannot activate your version of Windows, therefore, you basically can’t use your computer.

But, not many users of Windows actually pay attention to their license keys. They enter it once, when activating their copy of Windows, and forget about it later. That’s not a good thing since you never know when you might need your product key again. So, if you’ve already lost it, you might be in problem.

But even if you forgot your system’s product key, not everything is lost, because there are a few ways to restore it. Perhaps the best solution is to do so with a special program for restoring product keys because it would take the least effort.

So in this article, we’re going to talk about the best and the most effective programs that can help you restore your license key in Windows 10. So, without any further ado, let’s see what are the best product key recovery options you can find.

The best programs to recover license key in Windows 10

Recover Keys (suggested)recover keys software

Recover Keys is a simple application for Windows that will keep safe the activation keys of all software that you will install and activate on your PC or even on the remote PCs that you use. It can recover lost keys for over 10 000 products. The most important keys that it can recover are from Windows, Office, Adobe, Electronic Arts, Acronis, WinRar, Nero, and other important utilities.

It will allow you to backup your activation keys in different document formats so you can save them in one place and never lose them again. Recover keys comes in three different versions: Personal, Small and Medium Business and Enterprise. You can check them and download the free version on the official webpage from the link below.


produkey windows 10

If you just want a simple, straightforward program for restoring your license key, ProduKey is probably the best available solution. This tiny tool allows you to check out the product key of any Microsoft Office program, Windows version, Exchange Server, and SQL Server installed on your computer. As soon as you launch the program, it will list product keys of all your software, so all you need to do is to look for it.

ProduKey is developed by Nirsoft, a developer famous for its effective password recovery and security solutions. And they did a great job with ProduKey, as well.

This program comes as a portable application, so all you need to do is to download it from this link, extract the ZIP file, and start looking for your license key.


license crawler windows 10

LicenseCrawler is another tiny, portable tool for checking license keys of Windows 10, its default apps and services, and every other third-party program installed on your computer. This program scans your registry, in order to find all available license and product keys, and makes them visible to you.

User interface of LicenseCrawler might be a little more complex than in some other license key recovery tools, but you should have absolutely no problems getting around. Once you start the program, just click the ‘Start Search’ button to start the registry scan, and once the scan is finished, all your product keys are going to be listed. Product keys will be listed as registry entries, but once again, you should have no problems recognizing programs and services.

LicenseCrawler is available for free, and you can download it from this link.

Belarc Advisor

belarc advisor windows 10

Belarc Advisor is a program for more advanced users, who don’t just to retrieve the license key. This program builds up a profile of  all software installed on your computer, along with network inventory, missing Microsoft hotfixes, antivirus status and security benchmarks, for complete analysis.

Belarc Advisor has more complex user interface than regular license key recovery tools, so you might look around a bit until you find your Windows 10‘s license key. When you open this program, it runs a deep analysis of your system (which might take a while), and shows you all results in a webpage.

Belarc Advisor is available for free, so if you want to download this software and run a deep analysis of all your product keys and other info, you can do so from this link.

MSKeyViewer Plus

MSKeyViewer Plus windows 10

MSKeyViewer Plus is another free, portable tool for checking various product keys in Windows. As its name says, the main purpose of this program is showing license keys of Microsoft’s products (Windows, Office, Internet Explorer), but it also works with other third-party apps installed on your computer.

User interface of MSKeyViewer Plus is pretty simple. It just shows you the list of all available license keys in one place. A nice touch is the ability to copy license keys to clipboard by clicking on one button.

This program is quite old, since it received its last update in 2013, while Windows 8 was the latest Microsoft’s operating system, but it still works in Windows 10, so you don’t have to worry about potential compatibility issues.

If you want do download MSKeyViewer Plus, you can do so from this link.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you’re interested in learning more about Windows license keys, check out our wide collection of guides.