Generic Windows 11 Product Keys to test | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product keys

Microsoft provides Generic Windows 11 Product Keys to test Windows versions. In this post, let’s learn and discuss the list of Windows 11 product keys, such as VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T.

The generic product keys, such as YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7 for Windows 11 Home, are not activation license keys. Those generic Keys can only help you complete the Windows 11 Pro installation process. But not to activate Windows 11.

I also share the different methods to find the Windows 11 product keys from an existing device. This is useful if you forget the Windows 11 product key that is used. Normally if you have a valid Windows 10 product key, that should work for Windows 11 as well. The following are the three easiest methods to retrieve the product keys.

  • Command Prompt (CMD)
  • Registry – GUI and Command-Line.
  • WMI – Command-Line and WMI Explorer.
  • PowerShell command.

Windows 11 activation is the next step after entering the product key during the installation using USB bootable media. You must activate Windows 11 to use it permanently and enable some features. However, activation is not required for testing Windows 11 for 5-10 days.

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Windows 11 used warnings (as shown in the screenshot below) for unactivated versions of Windows. Some features, such as dark mode, personalization settings, and themes, cannot be modified until a system is activated.

What are Generic Windows 11 Product Keys

Microsoft provides generic Windows 11 product keys to customers for free. The generic product key is used to quickly support customers in testing different versions of Windows Operating Systems.

The Generic Product keys are available for Windows Server 2022 and all the other supported server operating systems. The rise of Generic Windows Product Keys supports only testing.

So what’s the catch here? The Windows 11 generic Keys can only help you complete the Windows 11 Pro/ Enterprise installation process, not activate the OS version. To activate Windows 11, you need a valid production license key.

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List of Windows 11 Generic Product Keys

Let’s find out the list of free generic Windows 11 product keys from the following list. You have different keys for different versions of Windows 11. You can also get the Generic KMS licensing key details from the Microsoft documentation page, as explained below.

Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.1
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.1
Windows 11 Product KeysList of Generic Key
Windows 11 EducationYNMGQ-8RYV3-4PGQ3-C8XTP-7CFBY
Windows 11 EnterpriseXGVPP-NMH47-7TTHJ-W3FW7-8HV2C
Windows 11 Pro Education8PTT6-RNW4C-6V7J2-C2D3X-MHBPB
Windows 11 ProVK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
Windows 11 HomeYTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7
Windows 11 Home Home Single LanguageBT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT
Windows 11 Home Country SpecificN2434-X9D7W-8PF6X-8DV9T-8TYMD
Windows 11 Pro for WorkstationsDXG7C-N36C4-C4HTG-X4T3X-2YV77
Windows 11 Enterprise NWGGHN-J84D6-QYCPR-T7PJ7-X766F
Windows 11 Enterprise G NFW7NV-4T673-HF4VX-9X4MM-B4H4T
Windows 11 Education N84NGF-MHBT6-FXBX8-QWJK7-DRR8H
Windows 11 Pro Education NGJTYN-HDMQY-FRR76-HVGC7-QPF8P
Windows 11 Pro N2B87N-8KFHP-DKV6R-Y2C8J-PKCKT
Windows 11 Pro for Workstations NWYPNQ-8C467-V2W6J-TX4WX-WT2RQ
Windows 11 Home N4CPRK-NM3K3-X6XXQ-RXX86-WXCHW
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product keys – Table 1

Microsoft also shared the Generic Windows 11 Product keys that can be used with the Windows KMS system. KMS is the on-prem licensing activation service used for many years in all enterprises.

The Generic Volume License Keys (GVLKs) for each Windows 11 and Server 2022 version and edition are in the table below.

Operating System EditionKMS Client Generic Product Key
Windows Server 2022 DatacenterWX4NM-KYWYW-QJJR4-XV3QB-6VM33
Windows Server 2022 StandardVDYBN-27WPP-V4HQT-9VMD4-VMK7H
Windows 11 ProW269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
Windows 11 Pro NMH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
Windows 11 Pro for WorkstationsNRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J
Windows 11 Pro for Workstations N9FNHH-K3HBT-3W4TD-6383H-6XYWF
Windows 11 Pro Education6TP4R-GNPTD-KYYHQ-7B7DP-J447Y
Windows 11 Pro Education NYVWGF-BXNMC-HTQYQ-CPQ99-66QFC
Windows 11 EducationNW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
Windows 11 Education N2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ
Windows 11 EnterpriseNPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
Windows 11 Enterprise NDPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4
Windows 11 Enterprise GYYVX9-NTFWV-6MDM3-9PT4T-4M68B
Windows 11 Enterprise G N44RPN-FTY23-9VTTB-MP9BX-T84FV
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product keys -Table 2
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.1
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.2

Command Prompt Method to Find Out the Windows 11 Product Keys

Let’s determine the Windows 11 Product Key using the command line (CMD). Try to run the following command from the command prompt, as seen in the screenshot below.

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.3
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.3

Find the Windows 11 Product key using the Registry

Let’s use the registry to find the Windows 11 product key. Two methods are available for finding the product key from an existing Windows 11 device.

  • Registry.exe -> GUI
  • Command-line option

Let’s look at the Registry application GUI (Registry.exe) and Navigate to the following Registry path on Windows 11 Device to find the product key.

  • Product Key -> Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform ->
  • BackupProductKeyDefault
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.4
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.4

To find a Windows 11 product key on an existing device, try running the PowerShell command from the admin command prompt. You can also use the Windows Terminal from Windows 11 OS.

(Get-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform" -Name BackupProductKeyDefault).BackupProductKeyDefault
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.5
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.5

WMI Method to Find the Windows 11 Product Key

Let’s find out Windows 11 product keys using the WMI Method. I have shared the two options below to find the license key details for the Windows System.

  • WMI Explorer
  • WMI Command Line

You can use the WMI Explorer tool, created by Microsoft Employee Vinay. You can download the Tool from Vinay Pamnani: https://github.com/vinaypamnani/wmie2/releases.

  • Launch the WMI Explorer tool
  • Connect to the location device by just clicking on the Connect button.
  • Click on Root\CIMV2 namespace.
  • Click on the EXECUTE button at the bottom right screen to launch the WMI query search window.
  • In the search box, enter the following query -> Output view -> List View.
  • Click on the Execute button to get the results (Windows 11 product key).
select * from SoftwareLicensingService
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.6
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.6

You can use the following PowerShell command to retrieve the product key details from Windows 11 devices using WMI. You need to have administrator access to run this PowerShell command.

(Get-WmiObject -query `select * from SoftwareLicensingService').OA3xOriginalProductKey
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.7
Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product Keys 1 Fig.7

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Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Device Management Admin with more than 21 years of experience (calculation done in 2022) in IT. He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc.

14 thoughts on “Generic Windows 11 Product Keys to test | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product keys”

  1. The KMS activation is only for 180 days, after 180 days, you need to activate it again , it is troublesome, and if you find a KMS key online , it has as risk of black screen if the key is blocked !
    I get the retail server 2022 datacenter product key from the Microsoft partner online store keyingo.com, and it is easier to activate with the retail key, and you wont have any problems in the future too

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  2. I have a new Acer laptop with Windows 11 preinstalled and activated. There was no label on the computer nor on the box with the product key, so I tried the methods above. The “wmic” command and the “powershell” command give the same Original Product Key, but different from the one in the registry (BackupProductKeyDefault). Which is correct?

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  3. I looked up my product key for Windows 11 Pro in the Registry. Why does it not match the actual product key that I used to activate my Windows 11 Pro install?

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  4. Your post is a true gem! It’s packed with useful information, and I appreciate the practical tips you’ve included. Thank you for creating such a valuable resource!

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