How to Find the License Agreement for the Installed Version of Windows

When you install Windows,  you are shown the Windows license agreement that provides all the legal language about the responsibilities of Microsoft, and what you can and cannot do with Windows. Surprisingly, it can be somewhat difficult to relocate at times.

With that being said, below is a step by step guide to show you how to find the license agreements for all editions of Windows.

STEP 1: Identify the current version of Windows currently installed.

For Windows 7 and Windows 8, you can left-click on the Start Menu, then right-click on Computer, and the select Properties. For Windows 10, right-click on the Start Menu and then left-click on the System option.

STEP 2: Open the folder that contains all of the license agreements.

Now that we know what version of Windows we are running we can open the folder that contains all of the license agreements for this version of Windows.

To do this, click on the Windows  key, and while holding it down, click on the R key to open the Run dialog as shown above.

When the Run dialog box opens, you want to paste the following in the Open: field so that it looks like the image above:


STEP 3: Find the folder that corresponds to your edition of Windows.

When ready, press the OK button and a folder will open that shows individual subfolders for every edition of the Windows version installed on your computer. Each of these folders contain the respective license agreement for that version of Windows. When the folder opens, it will contain a single file called license.rtf. This file is the license agreement for your version of Windows and you can double-click on it to view it in Wordpad or Word, if it is installed.

Windows 7 License Agreement

STEP 4: Read the agreement, print it, or email it as needed.



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