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Quick Tip: Track down lost Microsoft product keys with ProduKey

Find your lost key for any properly installed Microsoft product with the help of this free tool.

Have you misplaced the product key for your Windows or Office installation? Well, with ProduKey from NirSoft, tracking down and keeping track of lost Product Key is a snap. Just run the program and it will instantly delve into the registry on your system and come up with the product keys for each of the supported Microsoft applications that you have installed. (ProduKey can identify product keys from various versions of Windows, Microsoft Office, Windows, SQL Server, and Exchange Server.) Once ProduKey finds the product keys, it allows you to save them so that you can find them whenever you need to reinstall that software.

ProduKey

To begin with, keep in mind that there are two versions of this program: one for 32-bit and one for 64-bit operating systems. Both versions are available on the product download page. This free program is small and doesn't require installation. The site lists that system requirements as Windows 2000 thru Windows 7, but it ran fine in Windows 8. The program does sport a remote connection feature, but I was unable to get that to work in Windows 8.

When you run ProduKey on a system, the program immediately gathers and displays the Product ID and CD Key codes for all the supported Microsoft products that you have installed, as shown in Figure A. In addition to the key codes, you'll see that ProduKey will display additional information, such as the installation folder and information about any installed service packs.

Figure A

ProduKey's user interface provides you with a detailed list of information for each of the supported Microsoft applications that you have installed.
While having this information displayed within the program's user interface is all that might be expected, you'll be interested to know that ProduKey goes several steps further. To begin with, from the View menu you can add gridlines and add shading to every other row, as shown in Figure B. This comes in handy if you have lots rows in your display. ProduKey also provides you with a sort feature. Just click the column header to sort the data in ascending order. Click again to sort in descending order.

Figure B

You can enhance ProduKey's display to make it easier to see the data.
Another nice feature is the HTML report option. Select it from the View menu and you'll see the Product Key List appear in a browser window, as shown in Figure C. You'll also see that the report.html file is automatically saved in the folder containing ProduKey's executable file.

Figure C

The HTML report option provides you with another way to display your product key data.
You can also specify other useful file types from the Save dialog box, shown in Figure D. For example, you can save the data as CSV and easily view the Product Key List in your spreadsheet application.

Figure D

You can also save ProduKey's Product Key List in CSV format.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

49 comments
Foursons
Foursons

I AM HAVING A PROBLEM ON MY DELL HP COMPUTER.  A BLOCK POPS UP AND PREVENTS TYPING.  IT SAYS  =i INTERNET EXPLORER SCRIPT ERROR " YES OR NO.  HOW DO I REMOVE THIS?  THANK YOU. CHUCK WALLING Foursons@NetPtc.Net

M.R.
M.R.

READ THE EULA I do agree it is a good program and is listed as free for individual use but it is not free for corporate or business use. Will the software police come knocking? Probably not but if your policy is to keep proper licensing then there is a licensed version. Belarc has been used for some time as a compliance inventory software, not sure if it reports itself. I admit I haven't read the EULA for a couple years - did I miss a licensing change?

oscarngan0908
oscarngan0908

Seems need to take extra care of using the software..

PhilerD
PhilerD

I stumbled upon Belarc back in the late 90's and must agree with the other posts. It does work just fine with bonuses as to the status of other aspects of the system. It is free; as with all freebees, I right click after download and scan with MSE

kcameron
kcameron

Malwarebytes identified the Product Key finder as malware. Just a warning.

rciadan
rciadan

Symantec would not let me download this as it said there is a virus attached to it.

mitchell_webb
mitchell_webb

I downloaded and ran ProduKey on a Windows 8 Pro X64 Machine with Office Pro 2013 X64. It gave the incorrect key for Office 2013 and could not provide the key for Windows 8 Pro.

fiosdave
fiosdave

I, too, have been using Belarc Advisor for 10-15 years. It is a wonderful free product that will show you EVERYTHING on your system, as well as your network! It will list ALL your installed software, and show you approximately the last time it was used, and will take you to its folder, as well! It will show you what hotfixes are installed AND which ones are missing! You probably should run it after any major install and/or at least, once a month. Print out the results and keep it in a safe place, just in case you need that product key!

phyongpp
phyongpp

Greg What is the use of telling how wonderful it is without telling us how to download it. I see no tap or button to download the program.

neal
neal

According to the website, the free version only shows you the first 4 digits of any of the keys found. You have to pay for the product to get the full keys. It's $25 for a single user license.

neil.k.shah
neil.k.shah

Some security protection software identify this program as trojan , malware.

HowardOrgel
HowardOrgel

If it does this (installing browser toolbar) without asking me, I shall not be using it. I can understand (but not condone) the author's wish to make some money by this method, but I cannot accept software installations I haven't asked for. That's just plain rude and there's far too much of it.

fred64
fred64

Also, its not limited to Microsoft products.

c.girolami55
c.girolami55

Sounds like an awesome program, but why am I forced to add a browser toolbar first?

cgrosse23
cgrosse23

anything free.. at least more recently, I always fear is also collecting this same info to disburse to pirates or worse. I'd sooner trust something that came out 15 years ago, but that might be naive as well. Any assurances?

HowardOrgel
HowardOrgel

McAfee VirusScan considers a lot of NirSoft software to be viruses. I suspect other AV software may do likewise. McAfee won't accept from the writer himself or from false positive reports from users that the software isn't malicious because they believe that the utilities Nir Sopher (other software writers are available!) writes are likely to be used to gather information from the computer to which they believe the user shouldn't have access. This may be true of most ordinary users in enterprise environments, which make up the majority of McAfee's paying customers, so McAfee is playing safe and being awkward. The solution for any user who has legitimate administrator access is to take the computer off the network, stop the AV software, run ProduKey, delete it if copied to the hard disk, restart AV and reconnect to network. Works every time for me.

kym.promnitz
kym.promnitz

McAfee considers Produkey to be a virus and deletes it :-( Suggest Belarc Advisor is better. It does provide an extensive view of the PC, not just product keys :-)

jonrmoore
jonrmoore

Unless I missed something, ProduKey showed many installs; however, it wants $ 24.95 to show the full key. The article says it is free. The term "free download" should be stricken from the dictionary. So dishonest!

maj37
maj37

I have used this before and it worked quite well. One caveat though is that if you bought a system with Windows pre-installed then the key it returns, and rightly so, is the OEM key that the manufacturer used with their image build. I don't think that key will work if you try to use it on a standard non-OEM version of Windows. I am not sure does anyone know for sure, anyone ever tried it?

rwbyshe
rwbyshe

Belarc Advisor will give you all the info you need about your computer. It not only gives you a full hardware inventory but gives you a full software inventory and lists all of the Microsoft Updates you have installed. It does include the Product Keys of the software you have installed on your computer. Simply go to belarc.com and click on "free download" and then "download" from the drop down menu. Simply Run or Save the Belarc Advisor. I highly recommend this piece of software and have been using it for over 15 years. Give it a try!

fkietzke
fkietzke

that these "free product key recovery" programs are somehow sending my keys to the programmer. Do you folks check for this before recommending a solution?

bd1235
bd1235

I also have Visio 2013 and Produkey 1.56 can't figure out that key either. It's a completely wrong answer. Either the crypto has been changed or the location of the key has been changed. Produkey now gives the right answer for win 8 and the Media Center Pack. Earlier versions failed that also.

bd1235
bd1235

I have a product key I would like to find. In a moment of weakness (or was it madness) I failed to record which key I used to install Office Professional Plus 2013. This is the product you buy not the one which you rent for $99 per year. The bad part is that I have two of these keys. Even worse, when they are installed they are now locked to the hardware or have they given up on that? It really is hard to follow some of these things. The really bad news is that Produkey 1.56 gives the wrong answer when you ask it to decode the O 2013 key. It does slightly better than Belarc Advisor (free) which completely fails to recognise that O 2013 is even installed. So as the headline says, "It doesn't always work". Anyone have any suggestions on how I can find my Office 2013 key?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Help finding missing product keys is one TechRepublic's most asked about questions. Have you had to find a missing product key lately? Do you store your product keys in a specific location?

fiosdave
fiosdave

Just download Belarc Advisor (free) as it does a much more complete job!

bd1235
bd1235

Earlier versions failed on win 8 keys and the latest (v1.56) still fails on Office 2013 keys but it is OK with win 8.

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...clicked the wrong download link. The ProduKey download link is at the bottom of the page.

bd1235
bd1235

that doesn't need an install. It is in the Zipped file.

bd1235
bd1235

I tried the latest (v2.0.9.8) Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder free and I found it did not even recognise that Office 2013 was installed. Even worse, it could not correctly decode the win 8 with media center keys. These keys had the last 10 bytes correct so to a casual glance you might believe what it was telling you.

Gisabun
Gisabun

And what does McAfee know? :-)

bd1235
bd1235

the free version appears to have not been updated since 2011 and they warn you about this. They want to sell the latest versions.

rwbyshe
rwbyshe

I couldn't find any reviews of this "package" anywhere. I did to to the gtopala web page and saw the links to download it but I paused and did some research and was unable to find any trusted reviews of this software. That bothers me a lot.. to the point that I wouldn't install it unless I can find a reputable review of it.

mudpuppy1
mudpuppy1

you clicked on this: 'Recover lost CD keys for Windows and 1000+ major programs' which takes you to a paid product that purports to find over 1000 keys. The downloads for the free program are at the bottom of the page.

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...did not download ProduKey from the provided link because it definitely works and it is free. Not sure what you are running or where you got it...

petasphere
petasphere

That is correct. OEM product keys only work for the OEM version of the product they were produced for.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

BelarcGuy
BelarcGuy

Office 2013 product key recovery was added a few weeks back in Belarc Advisor version 8.3b, so be sure to try that version. If you've installed the relatively rare "click to run" office distribution, it runs in a local virtual environment that's generally not visible to applications. That may be why the Belarc Advisor doesn't show it installed.

goldenpirate
goldenpirate

@bd1236 if you had checked the product (home) page for this program, you would have found the following "ProduKey is a small utility that displays the ProductID and the CD-Key of Microsoft Office (Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007), Windows (Including Windows 7 and Windows Vista), Exchange Server, and SQL Server installed on your computer." ie keysearch for O 2013 is not supported (yet). It could be, then, that all of Microsoft 2013 software is not supported yet. (Win8 support was added about 2 versions ago ie v1.54)

maj37
maj37

MS backed off of the "you can never transfer your Office 2013 license", and rather quickly when it become obvious that they would have a hard time selling any with that stipulation in the license.

bd1235
bd1235

I have a few posts scattered through this thread and my findings from testing are that I tried the latest of the following free products: Keyfinder (jellybean), Belarc Advisor, Produkey and SIW and none of them work for Office and Visio 2013. Only some of them work for Windows 8 with Media Center.

bd1235
bd1235

I tried the latest (v2.0.9.8) Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder free and I found it did not even recognise that Office 2013 was installed. Even worse, it could not correctly decode the win 8 with media center keys. These keys had the last 10 bytes correct so to a casual glance you might believe what it was telling you.

bd1235
bd1235

Thanks for that tip. I completely removed the old version and got the new one and it knows about Office 2013. NOTE that we are talking OFFICE 2013 NOT OFFICE 365 which is the $99 per year rental product. Anyhow, even though Belarc now knows about Office 2013 and Visio 2013 it is no better than Produkey 1.56. It identifies the keys to the same values as Produkey but they are not correct. As I said before, it looks like the keys have been encrypted different or moved. It was worth the try. I'll give Belarc and Nirsoft some feedback to help them improve the product.

bd1235
bd1235

that I didn't check. Of course I did but I tried it anyway.

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