Activate Windows after malicious software removed activation key

Brendan Cooke 1 Reputation point
2022-01-29T07:58:51.523+00:00

Windows 10, worked fine 3 days ago. My son was running a program with his mates to cheat in a game called a "Hardware ID spoofing tool"...

It has pretty much removed all of my shortcuts and program settings.

Most importantly, it has removed my windows activation key, claiming "new hardware installed" and i need to re-enter the key.

I built this PC 7 years ago, I don't have the USB stick anymore. Is there any method to recover that now missing product key? I don't fancy buying a new one, when I already own it. I still have the Receipt from purchase in June 2016, if this is of any assistance at all?

TYIA

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  1. Brendan Cooke 1 Reputation point
    2022-01-29T08:07:27.35+00:00

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    This is a screenshot of the result of the "productkey.vbs" file results.

    Pretty sure my key is not a stuck "B" button

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  2. Darrell Gorter 1,216 Reputation points
    2022-02-02T20:21:54.687+00:00

    Hello,
    where did you purchase the key from?
    Was the key sent to you or was in a packaged product?
    was the key preinstalled in the machine and did the machine ship with Windows 10?

    Thanks
    darrell

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