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Get Windows 10 Digital License Linked to Microsoft Accounts

Microsoft introduced a new feature in windows 10 Build 14371 that allows you to link Microsoft Accounts to the digital license of the operating system , so that can use the linked Microsoft Account for reactivating Windows 10 device, if you run into Activation issues caused by hardware change.

How to link your Microsoft account with the digital license

You must sign in as an administrator to be able to add a Microsoft account to link to the digital license.

Step 1:Click the Start menu and select Settings. Click Update & Security.


Step 2: Click on Activation on the left side, then click on Add an account under Add a Microsoft account.


Step 3: Enter your Microsoft account and password click Sign in.


Tip: If your Microsoft account is turning on two-step verification it will verify your identity.

Step 4: If the local account isn't connected to a Microsoft account, you'll also need to enter the password for the local account, then click Next.


Step 5: Once you completed the process, you will see the Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account message in the Activation page.


Why need to add Windows Microsoft Accounts link to Digital License?

If you didn’t add your Microsoft account and link it to the digital license on your device, you won’t be able to reactivate Windows after a hardware change using the Activation troubleshooter.

Why do some Windows 10 digital license automatically link to Microsoft account, but some haven't?

The digital license is used to automatically activate the copy of Windows 10 when you perform a clean install, reinstall or change PC’s hardware. Whether digital license automatically links to a Microsoft account, depending on how you get Windows10 and activate your Windows 10.

1. If you have upgraded to Windows 10 from a genuine copy of Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, the activation will occur via an internet connection automatically and an online digital entitlement will be created for your device.

2. If your Windows 10 is activated by Product Key Activation method, the Microsoft Account haven't link to digital licenses. It requires you to link Microsoft Account to Digital License manually like above steps.

So that you can use this Microsoft Account linked digital license to re-activate your Genuine Windows 10 device by running the Activation troubleshooter, if you run into Activation issues caused by hardware change.