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How to: Locate the Visual Studio Product Key

You may want to locate the product key for Visual Studio when you are working with customer support, upgrading from a trial version, or updating your own records.

Note Note

To find the product key for Team Foundation Server, follow the steps in Locate or Change the Product Key for Team Foundation Server.

To find the product key for Visual Studio Professional, Visual Studio Premium, Visual Studio Ultimate, Visual Studio Test Professional, or Visual Studio Express edition

  • Look for the product key in one of these locations:

    • On the menu bar, choose Help, and then choose About Microsoft Visual Studio. In the About Microsoft Visual Studio dialog box, choose the Product license information link at the top of the dialog box.

    • On the installation media.

    • On the MSDN Subscriptions page of the Microsoft website.

    • Documentation or other communication from the vendor from whom you purchased the software.

  • The Visual Studio Express editions use identical keys. To get the product key for a Visual Studio Express edition, register again and the key is provided.

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