Microsoft provides Generic Windows 11 Product Keys to test the Windows versions. Let’s learn and discuss the list of Windows 11 product keys in this post. Let’s discuss Generic product keys such as VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T.
The generic product keys, such as VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T for Windows 11 pro, 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.
- 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 in Windows 11. But for testing Windows 11 just for 5-10 days, activation is not required.
Windows 11 used warnings (as shown in the below screenshot) for unactivated versions of Windows. There are restrictions to enable some features such as dark mode, personalization settings, and themes from being modified until a system is activated.
What are Generic Windows 11 Product Keys
Microsoft provides generic Windows 11 product keys to customers, and it’s available for free. The generic product key’s purpose is 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 as well. The testing is the only scenario supported by the rise of Generic Windows Product Keys.
So what is the catch here? The Windows 11 generic Keys can only help you to complete the Windows 11 Pro/ Enterprise installation process but not activate the OS version. To activate Windows 11, you need a valid production license key.
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.
|Windows 11 Product Keys||List of Generic Key|
|Windows 11 Education||YNMGQ-8RYV3-4PGQ3-C8XTP-7CFBY|
|Windows 11 Enterprise||XGVPP-NMH47-7TTHJ-W3FW7-8HV2C|
|Windows 11 Pro Education||8PTT6-RNW4C-6V7J2-C2D3X-MHBPB|
|Windows 11 Pro||VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T|
|Windows 11 Home||YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7|
|Windows 11 Home Home Single Language||BT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT|
|Windows 11 Home Country Specific||N2434-X9D7W-8PF6X-8DV9T-8TYMD|
|Windows 11 Pro for Workstations||DXG7C-N36C4-C4HTG-X4T3X-2YV77|
|Windows 11 Enterprise N||WGGHN-J84D6-QYCPR-T7PJ7-X766F|
|Windows 11 Enterprise G N||FW7NV-4T673-HF4VX-9X4MM-B4H4T|
|Windows 11 Education N||84NGF-MHBT6-FXBX8-QWJK7-DRR8H|
|Windows 11 Pro Education N||GJTYN-HDMQY-FRR76-HVGC7-QPF8P|
|Windows 11 Pro N||2B87N-8KFHP-DKV6R-Y2C8J-PKCKT|
|Windows 11 Pro for Workstations N||WYPNQ-8C467-V2W6J-TX4WX-WT2RQ|
|Windows 11 Home N||4CPRK-NM3K3-X6XXQ-RXX86-WXCHW|
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.
In the below table, you will find the Generic Volume License Keys (GVLKs) for each Windows 11, Server 2022 version, and editions.
|Operating System Edition||KMS Client Generic Product Key|
|Windows Server 2022 Datacenter||WX4NM-KYWYW-QJJR4-XV3QB-6VM33|
|Windows Server 2022 Standard||VDYBN-27WPP-V4HQT-9VMD4-VMK7H|
|Windows 11 Pro||W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX|
|Windows 11 Pro N||MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9|
|Windows 11 Pro for Workstations||NRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J|
|Windows 11 Pro for Workstations N||9FNHH-K3HBT-3W4TD-6383H-6XYWF|
|Windows 11 Pro Education||6TP4R-GNPTD-KYYHQ-7B7DP-J447Y|
|Windows 11 Pro Education N||YVWGF-BXNMC-HTQYQ-CPQ99-66QFC|
|Windows 11 Education||NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2|
|Windows 11 Education N||2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ|
|Windows 11 Enterprise||NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43|
|Windows 11 Enterprise N||DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4|
|Windows 11 Enterprise G||YYVX9-NTFWV-6MDM3-9PT4T-4M68B|
|Windows 11 Enterprise G N||44RPN-FTY23-9VTTB-MP9BX-T84FV|
Find the Windows 11 Product key using Registry
Let’s find out the Windows 11 product key using the registry. You can use two methods to find 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 ->
You can try running the following PowerShell command from the admin command prompt to find Windows 11 product key from an existing device. You can also use the Windows Terminal from Windows 11 OS.
(Get-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform" -Name BackupProductKeyDefault).BackupProductKeyDefault
WMI Method to Find the Windows 11 Product Key
Let’s find out Windows 11 product keys using WMI Method. I have shared the two options in the below section to find the license key details for Windows System.
- WMI Explorer
- WMI Command Line
You can use the tool called WMI Explorer, created by Microsoft Employees Vinay. You can download WMI Explorer Tool from Vinay Pamnani – https://github.com/vinaypamnani/wmie2/releases.
- Launch the WMI Explorer tool
- Connect to the location device by just clicking on 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 Execute button to get the results (Windows 11 product key).
select * from SoftwareLicensingService
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
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.
8 thoughts on “Generic Windows 11 Product Keys | How to Retrieve Windows 11 Product keys”
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
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?
same problem with me…
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Day one I got a working key. Lets see for how many days it will work.
Thanks for such nice sharing. I used to solve the problem by getting a key on “softlizen store”. It works well.