Windows 10 current stable release is version 1607, the so called Anniversary Update. Whatever activation and installation / upgrade method is used to get it activated, its license will be digitally stored in MS activation servers. It really has nothing to do with "Hey look MS is still granting digital licenses or entitlements!" because all Windows 10 licenses are in digital form after its initial activation.
I was criticized now for using Windows 10 Home edition in video example when you had talked about Education edition. OK, if you guys think that activation methods and how they work are different depending on edition, tell me which edition you want me to use to again prove being right?
However you install and activate the current, stable version of Windows 10, its license will be digital and you don't have to enter the product key ever again when reinstalling after initial activation, or after upgrading from a valid activated earlier build of Windows 10.
OK.... guys - wait a minute, I think I discovered the answer. Look at this website and read it carefully:
This webpage was clearly edited by Microsoft to apply to the Anniversary edition.
That statement proves it is post-Anniversary update release. Now further down:Digital license (called a digital entitlement in Windows 10 Version 1511) is a method of activation in Windows 10 that doesn't require you to enter a product key.
That statement is also post-Anniversary update release because prior to the Anniversary update it was not a digital license, it was a digital entitlement.You bought a copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer.
Product key -(On a label inside the Windows 10 box. A digital license will be given to your device for Windows 10 based on the valid product key you entered.)
Same thing. So it is very clear from this Microsoft website that they have changed the way they activate Windows 10 in version 1607. Prior to version 1607 it was not a digital license, it was a digital entitlement. Now this website says that yes, Microsoft is issuing a digital license upon the entering of a product key. But digital licenses did not exist in version 1511. And there is absolutely nothing to prove that alphanumeric did NOT get a digital entitlement upon entering a product key in version 1511 of Windows 10 Education.You bought a digital copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer.
Product key - (In the confirmation email you received after buying Windows 10 or in a digital locker accessible through the retailer’s website. A digital license will be given to your device for Windows 10 based on the valid product key you entered.)
All I'm saying, and have been saying since that post: Is in 1511, with the education edition I never ever got a digital entitlement. Nor do I think I should have. It was not a free upgrade. Then when I did the upgrade to the anniversary edition, it switched to a digital license. IMHO, I don't think that was intended. I was then promptly schooled on what a Digital Entitlement was. Even though I clearly know what it is. And that person should know I know.