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Windows 10: when “wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey” fails, try ProduKey from NirSoft.

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/03

Somehow, many Windows 10 systems, when I try on an Administrative command prompt wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey, the result is empty:

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.17763.475]
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C:\WINDOWS\system32>wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey
OA3xOriginalProductKey



C:\WINDOWS\system32>

On those systems, [Wayback] NirSoft ProduKey always works.

Having a product key at hand is a great help when re-installing Windows 10: often it does not automatically obtain a digital license on the same hardware.

Most of those systems have been upgrades from previous Windows versions, but not all of them: even some new systems have this behaviour.

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–jeroen

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