System Change Product Key in Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you how to change the product key in Windows 11.

A Windows product key is a 25-character code used to activate Windows. It looks like this:
Depending on how you got your copy of Windows 10 or Windows 11, you'll need either a 25-character product key or a digital license to activate it. 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. Without one of these, you won't be able to activate your device.

Sometimes you may need to change the product key in Windows 11 if you used a generic key, skipped entering product key during a clean install, or want to upgrade your Windows 11 edition with a product key.


You must be signed in as an administrator and connected to the Internet to change the product key.


Option One

Change Product Key in Settings

1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Activation on the right side. (see screenshot below)


3 Perform one of the following actions depending on which Windows 11 edition you have installed: (see screenshots below)
  • If you have a Windows 11 Home edition, click/tap on Upgrade your edition of Windows to expand it open, and click/tap on the Change button to Change product key.
  • If you have a Windows 11 Pro edition, click/tap on the Change button to Change product key.

4 Enter your 25-character product key for Windows 11, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)


5 Click/tap on Activate. (see screenshot below)


6 Click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)


Option Two

Change Product Key using Command

1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Type the command below into Windows Terminal (Admin), and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

slmgr /ipk product key

Substitute product key in the command above with your 25-character product key with dashes.

For example: slmgr /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX


3 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)


4 You can now close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.

That's it,
Shawn Brink



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