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What Is A Product Key?

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management

Question: My friend gave me a CD of a computer program to make cards and posters. It was a brand new CD still wrapped in plastic.  When I put it in my computer, it asked for a product key and gave me a box to type a code in. What is a product key and how do I find it?

A product key is a combination of letters and numbers that is used to unlock or open software. Each individual copy has its own unique product key.  They look something like this.

The product key may be located inside the program’s box or case or printed or applied as a sticker to the front or back of a the envelope the disc came in (also known as a sleeve). For downloaded software, they may be e-mailed to you.  Do not throw out any of the packaging that comes with a program until you find your product key or try your program out to make sure it doesn’t require one. 

Hope this helps.

~ Cynthia


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3 Responses to “What Is A Product Key?”

  1. WolfDog says:

    I remember once I installed a game and the code was printed on the disc itself.

  2. David Young says:

    How do you find it in the Computer programming itself?

  3. Lorine says:

    my computer about 1 wk ago locked up because of a page I was on, when I had restarted it for ssome odd reason it had asked me for my product key. So I looked on the bottom of the computer and put the key in, but it keeps coming back saying that it’s incorrect.

    Now i’ve had this computer since 08 and it’s never done this, I cancelled it but on my home page now it says that the windows are not genuine, how do I get my product key to register.

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