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Guide to the Windows Key

Windows Media Center logoWindows (and indeed most Microsoft software) has typically required a key to be entered when it is installed. This is also known as a Product Key, and is usually an alpha-numeric string. With Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, the Windows key has been used in conjunction with a product activation service that restricts the use of a particular key to a specific PC. The exception to this rule is the volume license key, which is typically used by large organisations when installing Windows on large numbers of PCs. The Windows Key is also used with the Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy service.

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