How to use a key in gfwl

Written by anthony hare
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Some games come with activation keys that can be redeemed over the Games for Windows Live service for access to additional content and services. Entire games can also be downloaded if you enter the product key for a game that you have downloaded through the service previously. To use a Games for Windows Live key, you must first log into your Live account on the Live website or through a game client; then click on "Redeem Code".

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Go to the Games for Windows Live website or use the client that starts within games that use the service. Click on "Sign In".

  2. 2

    Create a Windows Live or Xbox Live account (the two are interchangeable), or sign into your existing one.

  3. 3

    Click on "Redeem Code" at the top of the Games for Windows Live website or under the "My Account" section in the Games for Windows Live game client.

  4. 4

    Enter the 25-digit key into the field provided, then click on "Redeem Code".

  5. 5

    Confirm the redemption process for the item that you are activating.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use the same online account with Games for Windows Live that your Xbox 360 console already uses.

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