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Microsoft Office 2016 and 2013, like all versions of Office and most other programs you pay for, require you to enter a unique product key during the installation process, which to some extent proves that you own the software.
So what if you need to reinstall the program, but you lost this important 25-digit installation code? You’ve probably already tried all the “views” that you expected, but there are a few more things you can try, but you may not have known about.
If you know the product keys and how they work, you can assume that the product key for Office 2016/2013 is stored in the Windows registry in an encrypted form, just like in older versions of Office and most other programs.
Unfortunately, starting with Office 2013, Microsoft has changed the way Microsoft Office manages product keys and now stores only a part of the product keys on your local computer. This means that these product key search programs are no longer as useful as they used to be.
Here are the three best ways to find a lost product key in MS Office 2016/2013
Find the activation key for Office 2013 or 2016 in the registry.
If you have not tied your Office product key to a Microsoft account, you may not find it on your Office account page. Try checking the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MATHINE \Software\Microsoft\ WindowsNT\Latest version \DigitalProductID.
In fact, you cannot search for a product key directly in the registry since it is binary. But you can read it with the “product key” tool.
To extract the product key of Office 2013 from the registry
- take the Cocosenor key tuner and install it on your computer.
In the Product Key Tuner tool list, press the Product Key Tuner button to start it.
In the Product Key Tuner program, click the Start Recovery button and start recovering the Office 2013 product key.
You will see the keys for the software installed on your computer. You can easily find your Office 2013 product key in the list.
Find the Office 2013 or 2016 product key on your PC using CMD
Below are the steps to find the last 5 characters of the installed product key of Office 2013:
Simultaneously press the Windows and R keys on your keyboard, type cmd in the dialog box and press Enter.
For 32-bit Windows: script “C:\Program files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus
For 64-bit Windows: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus.
Note: If you have already changed the default installation path for Office, you can right-click the Office icon and select “Open file location” to find the drive where Office is located and then update drive C above.
You will see the last five digits of your Office 2013 product key in the command line You can then contact Microsoft for the complete Office 2013 serial key code
Microsoft 365 & MS Office 2016 & 2013 Product Key
If you have a copy of MS Office 2016 or 2013 with a subscription to Microsoft 365 installed on your computer, you do not need to worry about product keys at all!
Simply log in to your Microsoft 365 account online and follow the menu instructions to download and install the latest version of Microsoft Office 2016.
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