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Default Keys for Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 Deployment

In Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, and later versions of Windows, you can perform a full installation of the operating system without needing to manually enter a product key as was the case in versions of Windows before Vista and Windows Server 2008. This makes it much easier to install Windows if you don’t have a product key to hand. You can install the OS, login, and start working without a product key. But you won’t be able to activate the OS, locking you out of some features, like the ability to personalize your desktop.

Installing Windows without a product key has its origins in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, where you were politely asked to enter a key, but you had the option to ignore the request and continue with the installation if you ‘promised’ to enter a key after setup. Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 went a step further, where there was no request to enter a key during the setup process.

Where are the keys located?

But Windows can’t be installed without a product key, so where does setup grab the keys from if you don’t provide a key? And how does setup know what key to use?

The answer is simple. Setup knows of all the keys that can be used, and it takes them from a simple text answer file, by default, during the installation process.

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You can find the file, called PRODUCT.INI, in the SOURCES folder of the Windows installation media. You can get the latest installation media for Windows using the Media Creation Tool, which you can download from Microsoft’s website for free here.

This is what the file looks like in Windows 10:

Default Keys for Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 Deployment (Image Credit: Russell Smith)

If you open the file, you’ll get the following list of product keys:

Default Keys for Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 Deployment (Image Credit: Russell Smith)

Windows 10 default product keys:

professionalworkstationn=WYPNQ-8C467-V2W6J-TX4WX-WT2RQ

enterpriseneval=MNXKQ-WY2CT-JWBJ2-T68TQ-YBH2V

serverazurecor=2NM93-FP46J-PRBPG-XRR67-MBKR9

serverrdshCore=NJCF7-PW8QT-3324D-688JX-2YV66

serverstorageworkgroupeval=NXCTR-YXXWC-TK368-HGGTF-8YB99

onecoreupdateos=NFDPX-3MV8X-THC2X-QQ9QP-P9YY6

serverstandardeval=X6B8W-TN3XG-6F22Q-RQG6Q-BHCJK

serverarm64=2M3WR-NQW7W-7MX3H-TYCRD-8MBPW

serverdatacenterevalcorCore=84NDK-M3JW4-PHYFH-CM7GR-6Q9TF

iotenterprise=XQQYW-NFFMW-XJPBH-K8732-CKFFD

educationn=84NGF-MHBT6-FXBX8-QWJK7-DRR8H

serverdatacentereval=4WX3D-NPGJF-F4X7B-X9PRX-V24CB

serverazurecorCore=2NM93-FP46J-PRBPG-XRR67-MBKR9

enterpriseseval=N37VK-3DQBV-KGKPC-WYDHP-GQ9PF

serverdatacenterCore=NPTRB-CFYFD-DGFPG-DY9GJ-CPR8F

coresinglelanguage=BT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT

professionalcountryspecific=HNGCC-Y38KG-QVK8D-WMWRK-X86VK

core=YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7

coresystemserver=6DWFN-9DBPB-99W4C-XYWKQ-VXPFM

serverdatacenterevalcor=84NDK-M3JW4-PHYFH-CM7GR-6Q9TF

serverhypercore=Q8R8C-T2W6H-7MGPB-4CQ9R-KR36H

analogonecore=RHDN4-9MKR3-G7WQM-9WKTY-RC28W

serverstandardcor=8GTN9-WP4GG-33HFG-7J66H-4C4CT

serverarm64Core=2M3WR-NQW7W-7MX3H-TYCRD-8MBPW

serverdatacentercorCore=DYNQ8-H7BQB-YCF8K-PM77M-PR66D

serverazurenano=9JQNQ-V8HQ6-PKB8H-GGHRY-R62H6

coren=4CPRK-NM3K3-X6XXQ-RXX86-WXCHW

starter=D6RD9-D4N8T-RT9QX-YW6YT-FCWWJ

professional=VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

professionaln=2B87N-8KFHP-DKV6R-Y2C8J-PKCKT

serverstandardevalcor=NX6TT-WH4BH-CJC2P-M98B8-33YPV

enterprise=XGVPP-NMH47-7TTHJ-W3FW7-8HV2C

education=YNMGQ-8RYV3-4PGQ3-C8XTP-7CFBY

serverwebCore=3WN48-GVPXF-VHWK4-29Y8D-KKTD2

enterpriseeval=VPMWD-PVNRR-79WJ9-VVJQC-3YH2G

enterprisegn=FW7NV-4T673-HF4VX-9X4MM-B4H4T

enterpriseg=FV469-WGNG4-YQP66-2B2HY-KD8YX

serverweb=3WN48-GVPXF-VHWK4-29Y8D-KKTD2

serverrdsh=NJCF7-PW8QT-3324D-688JX-2YV66

serverdatacenternanoCore=BFM6D-TKNBY-X6RGR-PHJ4G-723B6

serverstandard=HM3NG-HXCBR-B3BCG-X9MVG-GMWVQ

serversolution=NMB98-MKJBC-FTVQ9-J3XK6-QYKTQ

serverdatacenteracorCore=NY48Y-K9DDM-VT896-8VW3H-6X2JT

serverstoragestandardCore=9JFKN-MWC8F-X8PVJ-RG34X-9HD27

enterprisesn=2D7NQ-3MDXF-9WTDT-X9CCP-CKD8V

serverdatacenternano=BFM6D-TKNBY-X6RGR-PHJ4G-723B6

servercloudstorageCore=2FKXD-NHTPX-DC8CF-4HGCG-QYGBV

ppipro=XKCNC-J26Q9-KFHD2-FKTHY-KD72Y

serverstandardacorCore=VFFNY-J46DH-MDD2F-RCFMY-RC4CF

serverstandardnano=69NHX-WQQ7G-QVBPG-4HPQP-8XDB7

professionaleducation=8PTT6-RNW4C-6V7J2-C2D3X-MHBPB

serverstandardevalCore=X6B8W-TN3XG-6F22Q-RQG6Q-BHCJK

serverstorageworkgroupCore=T2B3W-RJN32-32HFV-82TKM-K7Y9G

andromeda=C9PDN-TR2KB-MR4DF-3RQ7Y-88HFF

serversolutionCore=NMB98-MKJBC-FTVQ9-J3XK6-QYKTQ

serverstoragestandardeval=3HDCN-87G3V-FPCDF-C6HTB-79Q3X

professionaleducationn=GJTYN-HDMQY-FRR76-HVGC7-QPF8P

professionalworkstation=DXG7C-N36C4-C4HTG-X4T3X-2YV77

serverstoragestandardevalCore=3HDCN-87G3V-FPCDF-C6HTB-79Q3X

enterprises=43TBQ-NH92J-XKTM7-KT3KK-P39PB

startern=3NFXW-2T27M-2BDW6-4GHRV-68XRX

iotenterprises=JH8W6-VMNWP-6QBDM-PBP4B-J9FX9

 

serverstandardevalcorCore=NX6TT-WH4BH-CJC2P-M98B8-33YPV

serverstorageworkgroup=T2B3W-RJN32-32HFV-82TKM-K7Y9G

serverdatacenteracor=NY48Y-K9DDM-VT896-8VW3H-6X2JT

servercloudstorage=2FKXD-NHTPX-DC8CF-4HGCG-QYGBV

serverazurenanoCore=9JQNQ-V8HQ6-PKB8H-GGHRY-R62H6

serverstorageworkgroupevalCore=NXCTR-YXXWC-TK368-HGGTF-8YB99

serverstoragestandard=9JFKN-MWC8F-X8PVJ-RG34X-9HD27

holographic=H4MND-KF7J8-PWBTV-2P3JG-BP4FC

serverdatacenter=NPTRB-CFYFD-DGFPG-DY9GJ-CPR8F

serverdatacenterevalCore=4WX3D-NPGJF-F4X7B-X9PRX-V24CB

corecountryspecific=N2434-X9D7W-8PF6X-8DV9T-8TYMD

serverstandardacor=VFFNY-J46DH-MDD2F-RCFMY-RC4CF

serverstandardcorCore=8GTN9-WP4GG-33HFG-7J66H-4C4CT

enterprisen=WGGHN-J84D6-QYCPR-T7PJ7-X766F

enterprisesneval=VXDNG-W2YFG-H224H-CGTKM-CWHWW

iotuap=3PNGX-M88FX-8K4B3-2G86G-C9YHY

serverstandardnanoCore=69NHX-WQQ7G-QVBPG-4HPQP-8XDB7

professionalsinglelanguage=G3KNM-CHG6T-R36X3-9QDG6-8M8K9

serverdatacentercor=DYNQ8-H7BQB-YCF8K-PM77M-PR66D

serverstandardCore=HM3NG-HXCBR-B3BCG-X9MVG-GMWVQ

gvlkserverdatacenteracorCore=6NMRW-2C8FM-D24W7-TQWMY-CWH2D

gvlkprofessionalworkstationn=9FNHH-K3HBT-3W4TD-6383H-6XYWF

gvlkserverazurecor=FDNH6-VW9RW-BXPJ7-4XTYG-239TB

gvlkserverrdshCore=CPWHC-NT2C7-VYW78-DHDB2-PG3GK

gvlkenterprisesn=92NFX-8DJQP-P6BBQ-THF9C-7CG2H

gvlkserverarm64=GRFBW-QNDC4-6QBHG-CCK3B-2PR88

gvlkserverstandardacorCore=N2KJX-J94YW-TQVFB-DG9YT-724CC

gvlkprofessionaleducation=6TP4R-GNPTD-KYYHQ-7B7DP-J447Y

gvlkeducationn=2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ

gvlkserversolutionCore=WVDHN-86M7X-466P6-VHXV7-YY726

gvlkprofessionaleducationn=YVWGF-BXNMC-HTQYQ-CPQ99-66QFC

gvlkprofessionalworkstation=NRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J

gvlkenterprises=M7XTQ-FN8P6-TTKYV-9D4CC-J462D

gvlkserverazurecorCore=FDNH6-VW9RW-BXPJ7-4XTYG-239TB

gvlkserverdatacenterCore=WMDGN-G9PQG-XVVXX-R3X43-63DFG

gvlkcoresinglelanguage=7HNRX-D7KGG-3K4RQ-4WPJ4-YTDFH

gvlkcore=TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99

gvlkserverarm64Core=GRFBW-QNDC4-6QBHG-CCK3B-2PR88

gvlkcoren=3KHY7-WNT83-DGQKR-F7HPR-844BM

gvlkprofessional=W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX

gvlkprofessionaln=MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9

gvlkserverdatacenteracor=6NMRW-2C8FM-D24W7-TQWMY-CWH2D

gvlkenterprise=NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43

gvlkeducation=NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2

gvlkserverdatacenter=WMDGN-G9PQG-XVVXX-R3X43-63DFG

gvlkserverstandardacor=N2KJX-J94YW-TQVFB-DG9YT-724CC

gvlkcorecountryspecific=PVMJN-6DFY6-9CCP6-7BKTT-D3WVR

gvlkenterprisen=DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4

gvlkenterprisegn=44RPN-FTY23-9VTTB-MP9BX-T84FV

gvlkenterpriseg=YYVX9-NTFWV-6MDM3-9PT4T-4M68B

gvlkserverrdsh=CPWHC-NT2C7-VYW78-DHDB2-PG3GK

gvlkserversolution=WVDHN-86M7X-466P6-VHXV7-YY726

gvlkserverstandard=N69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C

gvlkserverstandardCore=N69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C

 

 

Valid and genuine Windows product keys

As you can see, the list (which is identical on Windows Server 2016 installation media) contains many keys that are valid for the various versions of Windows. But you should be aware that these keys cannot be used to activate Windows. To do that you’ll need to obtain a valid and genuine product key that fits the version (or SKU) of the OS that is installed on your computer.

By the way, if you’re wondering about what product key is used by an existing OS, you can always use one of the freely available key grabber tools found on the web. A nice link to start looking for such a tool is this place:

How to find your Windows product key

If you want to find your Windows product key, you can do it using the command prompt.

  • Log in to Windows 10.
  • In the Search box in the bottom left-hand corner of the taskbar, type cmd and then select Command Prompt from the list of search results.
  • In the command prompt window, type the command below and press ENTER.
wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey
  • The product key will be displayed in the command prompt window.

 

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