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        Tracey Capen
        AskWoody MVP

        LANGALIST By Fred Langa AskWoody subscribers are an eclectic bunch, as evidenced by this quartet of interesting — and exceptionally wide-ranging
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        dvhirst865
        AskWoody Plus

        Hi, I tried the solution Tracey mentions for obtaining the Windows 10 product key for an OEM system, which mine is.  I got this response:

        Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.18363.1139]
        (c) 2019 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

        C:\WINDOWS\system32>wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey
        OA3xOriginalProductKey

        C:\WINDOWS\system32>

        Which is not quite the desired response…  Suggestions?

        • #2307015 Reply
          Alex5723
          AskWoody Plus

          The free Belarc Advisor app will give you the Windows and software keys on your PC and much much more.

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        • #2307028 Reply
          Paul T
          AskWoody MVP

          That seems to indicate the key is empty as it works on the machine I tested.

          cheers, Paul

        • #2307069 Reply
          SonicMojo
          AskWoody Plus

          Seems this command is only good for an OEM install of Windows 10. It does nothing for me either.

          This command (at an admin CMD prompt) however – does a lot more:

          slmgr /dlv

          Cheers

          Sonic

           

           

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        • #2307074 Reply
          CADesertRat
          AskWoody Plus

          Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.18363.1139] (c) 2019 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. C:\WINDOWS\system32>wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

          OA3xOriginalProductKey

          C:\WINDOWS\system32>

          I got the same as you on a Non-OEM, home built machine. W10 Pro 1909 18363.1082.

          Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
          4 Win 10 Pro at 1909 (3 Desktops, 1 Laptop).

      • #2307206 Reply
        Steve S.
        AskWoody Plus

        I have an OEM desktop computer that came preinstalled with Win 10 Pro.  Knowing the product key was attached to my specific hardware, I purchased a Win 10 Pro retail license from PC World magazine so I would be able to migrate the license to new hardware – if/when it became necessary.  The special low price was worth some peace of mind I figured.

        Wanting to confirm that the key was actually accepted, I used the command prompt method suggested. It returned my old key rather than the new one.

        Digging further I turned off Windows Security real-time protection and ran Nirsoft’s produkey.exe directly from within the downloaded zip file. It ran perfectly and revealed two keys.  A “Windows (BIOS OEM Key)” which was the same one that the command window method showed and a “Windows 10 Pro” key which turns out to be the retail key I had purchased and “upgraded” to.

        So, I’m good to go after turning real-time protection back on.

        Win7 Pro x64(Group B), Win10 Pro x64 1909, Win10 Home 1909, Linux Mint + a cat with 'tortitude'.

      • #2307216 Reply
        wavy
        AskWoody Plus

        Just to be clear for current measurement one would need to split the power cord into line and neutral wires or use a AC Line Splitter.

        see
        https://www.amazon.com/Extech-480172-AC-Line-Splitter/dp/B0000YHN9W
        https://www.instructables.com/CLAMP-THOSE-AMPS/

        🔌

        🍻

        Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
      • #2308086 Reply
        BByg3223
        AskWoody Plus

        The command to get the product key had an interesting result. This box had Windows 10 Home on it and I (legally) upgraded it to Windows 10 Pro. (Aside, a non-profit can legally do this as an upgrade instead of a new install.) Anyway, the wmic command return the product key for the original Home version. Belarc found both keys, though the Prod key was in the “(Key: ends with XXXXX)” form.

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