How to Change Product Key in Windows 11

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The article provides step-by-step instructions on changing the Windows 11 product key, a 25-character code for system activation. This can be found on the device or as a digital license. Users may need to change this key to replace a generic one or upgrade to higher Windows versions. The process involves navigating the ‘Settings’ app…

This article describes the steps one can take to change the product key in Windows 11.

Our previous post showed you how to find your device’s product key. A Windows product key is a 25-character code used to activate Windows. The key is typically affixed to the back or side of the computer. You will need this key to you’ll need a key to activate it.

If your device doesn’t have a key affixed to it, it may have a digital license key. A digital license (called a digital entitlement in Windows 10, Version 1511) is a method of activation in Windows 10 and Windows 11 that doesn’t require you to enter a product key.

You may have to change the product key if you use a generic key or want to upgrade the Windows edition to a higher version.

Change the product key using the Windows Settings app

As described above, in some cases, you may have to change the product key from a generic key installed or if you want to upgrade the Windows edition to a higher version.

Below is how to do that when using Windows 11.

First, open the Windows Settings app. You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Settings app opens, select the System button on the left.

windows 11 system tile
Windows 11 system tile

On the right, click the Activation tile to expand.

windows activation tile
Windows activation tile

On the System -> Activation settings pane, click the Change button on the “Change product key” tile.

If you have Windows 11 Home Edition, you may see the “Upgrade your edition of Windows” tile. Expand it to see the Change product key button.

windows change product key button
Windows change product key button.

When prompted, Enter your 25-character Windows product key. Click Next to continue.

windows change product key enter field
Windows change product key enter field

Next, click on the Activate button to complete the activation process.

windows change product key activate button
windows change product key activate button

Click the Close button to exit.

Change the product key using the Command Prompt

Alternatively, users can use the Command Prompt to change the product key in Windows 11. To do that, first open Windows Terminal.

Once opened, run the command format below to change the product key.

slmgr /ipk product key

Example,

slmgr /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

Press enter Enter key to apply the product key. Next, click the OK button on the pop-up screen and close.

That should do it!

Reference:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/activate-windows-c39005d4-95ee-b91e-b399-2820fda32227#WindowsVersion=Windows_11

Conclusion:

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