How To Change Windows Product Key After Install

Do you need to change your product key after installing Windows Vista or Windows 7 to activate properly? There is a very simple command line trick to do this task easily.

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Just follow the steps below:

  • First, Click on Start Menu. In the Start Menu Search box, type cmd or command prompt.
  • Right click on the Command Prompt shortcut and select Run As Administrator.
  • Now, at the command prompt, type slmgr.vbs -ipk type-your-product-key
    For example, type slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
    where xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx is your product key
  • After changing the product key, to activate windows type
    slmgr.vbs -ato

If the product key you used is your own genuine product key, then it should activate automatically.

If you want to change the product key of Microsoft Office Suite, read here or here.

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