Sometimes we may need to know the license of the copy of Windows installed on your computer. Something that can especially happen when the computer we buy comes with Windows pre-installed and we don’t have a physical box or document that shows us the license. However, it is very easy to get to know it with two tools included in the operating system.

In this article, we’ll show you how to locate and know the license that matches the copy of Windows installed on your computer or tablet. A process that only requires following a few simple steps. And it is that obtaining our Windows license will allow us to obtain a backup copy if necessary.

Windows license always at hand

Without having to use third party applications, to know the license of our copy of Windows, we will only have to use the “PowerShell” or “Command Prompt” tool which is already included in the operating system.

The first thing we will need is to access the Windows “PowerShell” tool or the “Command Prompt” and for that the easiest way is to locate it using the search box in the lower left area of ​​the “Taskbar”.

Managing Windows 10 Licenses in PowerShell Windows 10 Licensing Command Prompt

Both tools give us access to the Windows command console. And for this tutorial, we’ll see how you can use both “PowerShell” and “Command Prompt”, although, as we say, both are essentially the same.

Once inside one of them, write the following command and be careful, which is long (61 characters with spaces), so we recommend that you copy paste to avoid skipping a letter and that it does not work. The specific instruction is wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey.

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

Managing Windows 10 Licenses in PowerShell Windows 10 Licensing Command Prompt

This command instructs our PC to display the Windows license key on our computer directly from the command console. The result is immediate and when we enter this command we will see how the key for our version of Windows is displayed on the screen. It is a row of numbers made up of 25 digits separated by dashes.

Windows 10 licensing system in PowerShell Windows 10 licensing system symbol

But why do we need the Windows license? This can be useful in the case of wanting to reinstall Windows on our computer if we want to perform a clean installation, especially when we have changed the hard drive on our computer and thus be able to activate the copy of Windows 10, but also if we are going to change some identifying elements of the equipment.

Activating the copy of Windows 10 means that we do not have to see the continuous messages on the screen warning us to activate our Windows and most importantly that we have full access to all the options to customize the system. And once we know the license, it’s important to copy the key to a safe place.