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If you have an MSDN account and, like me, systematically claim keys just as well as you systematically forget which keys you’ve used in which test environments! Well, in a meager attempt to help myself track my keys I created an importer for KeePass 2 that takes in the XML document that you can export from MSDN and TechNet. The source is available at

GitHub has chosen to deprecate the downloads section for files. Right now, to download the dll you can go to but I will look into options for hosting these files somewhere else in the future.

How do I get my KeysExport.xml from MSDN or TechNet?

Easy! First, in MSDN, go to your product keys.


From there, at the top right select Export to XML.


This will let you download an XML file full of your Microsoft Keys.


How do I import it into KeePass 2?

The instructions are simple and available in the GitHub, so I won’t repeat them. Here is a screenshot of what the imported result looks like:



As you can see, the import process creates a group called Microsoft Product Keys and creates a subgroup for each product. The individual entries each represent an individual key, stored in the password field. The importer decides if a key is new based on the key stored in the password, so you can edit the notes or title for the individual entries however you please without worrying about them being overwritten or duplicated if you re-import an updated KeysExport.xml from MSDN! This lets you keep track of where those pesky keys are in use and have the keys available anywhere you can access your KeePass database!


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posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 11:54 AM


# re: MSDN / TechNet Key Importer for KeePass 2 11/26/2012 3:42 AM jpg-93
i don't find the MicrosoftKeyImporterPlugin.dll.
Can somebody help me ? Have i to make it with the sources ? How ?

# re: MSDN / TechNet Key Importer for KeePass 2 12/7/2012 10:23 AM Stacy Vicknair
Hey jpg-93,

I added the compiled dll to the downloads section now. Let me know if you have any other questions!

# re: MSDN / TechNet Key Importer for KeePass 2 1/15/2013 3:11 AM Wyle
same here, can't find the MicrosoftKeyImporterPlugin.dll on, just the MicrosoftKeyImporterPlugin.sln.

thx in advance

# re: MSDN / TechNet Key Importer for KeePass 2 1/16/2013 6:42 AM Stacy Vicknair
According to the following, the downloads section of github has been deprecated.

For the time being, you can still find the downloadable dll at

I will look into options for hosting these files elsewhere so that I don't have to include the compiled content in the source control library.

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