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How to: Locate the Visual Studio Product Key


Updated: September 1, 2016

The new home for Visual Studio documentation is Visual Studio 2017 Documentation on docs.microsoft.com.

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.

To find the product key for Visual Studio

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

    • On the installation media (if applicable).

    • On the My.VisualStudio.com website.

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

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