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Published on May 19th, 2016 | by Sunit Nandi


SmartKey Product Key Recovery review: one-click tool to find and backup software keys


Remember the time you lost the keys of the expensive software suite you bought. How frustrating was it when you wanted to reinstall the OS on your computer or install the software on a different computer? Thankfully, that should not be a nightmare anymore thanks to a product key recovery solution by Tenorshare named SmartKey Product Key Recovery. It is the same software developer who created SmartKey Windows password recovery, which I had reviewed earlier. Since I got the opportunity to try this out, I’ll pen down my experience with it.

About the software

SmartKey Product Key Recovery is a product key recovery utility that scans the Windows registry and attempts to retrieve stored product keys in one click. According to the product website, it has the following important functionality:

  • Retrieve lost product keys for Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP and Vista
  • Find products keys for MS Office programs: Office 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003
  • Recover product keys for other software like Visual Studio, SQL, etc.
  • Easy, fast and effective

First impressions

SmartKey Product Recovery can be downloaded from here. The app weighs at only 913 KB in size. After downloading, the installation is pretty easy, you only need to choose the install location and click next.



Once the installation is complete, the app can be launched from the start menu. You will be greeted with the following start screen.


Usage and experience

The app is very simple to use. On the first start, if you happen to have a product key, you can click the ‘Register’ button and paste in your details to upgrade the app to full version. Otherwise you can continue using the software in free trial mode.


All you need to do is press ‘Get Key’ and the product keys for the software installed in your computer are displayed. The Windows product key and Microsoft programs like Office, Visual Studio and SQL are often listed. Other software like VMWare workstation, CoreAVC Pro may be detected, but it depends if the keys are available in the registry.


Finally, you can backup the keys by clicking ‘Save’ and choosing the save location.


It is that simple!

Now you can go ahead and use those keys to reinstall your software on a different computer.

Getting for yourself

SmartKey Product Key Recovery can be downloaded for free from here. If you wish to get technical support and lifetime upgrades for the software, you can buy the full version for just $19.95.


SmartKey product key recovery is a tiny lifesaving app that rids you from the headache of lost product keys. Also, you can find product key Office 2013 and Windows 10 that came preloaded on your laptop. If possible, you even get back the keys for many licensed software.

What do you think about the tool? Do try it out and let us know in the comments below.


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