1.    27 Jun 2017 #1
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    California, USA
    Posts : 149
    Windows 10 Pro

    key points of Tutorial "Link Microsoft Account to Windows 10 Digital "


    Full title of tutorial is Link Microsoft Account to Windows 10 Digital License Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    We have a bunch of Win 10 Pro systems. All were upgrades from Retail Win 7 or Win 8. Three systems have just one Win 10 install each, and one multi-booting system has three separate Win 10 installs, in separate disk partitions. All these upgrades were created with just local accounts (for privacy reasons).

    Last week, I re-installed the motherboard in one system after a repair (same board, just some chips replaced, maybe?) I had to re-activate. And with only a local account, I had to do an activation over the phone. I don't want to risk losing a license, so I want to get all these systems covered in a Microsoft Account before something else goes wrong.

    So I read this this entire tutorial and I would like to validate if the following are true for the Creators Update:
    • I can still use my local account for my daily work, as long as I create a separate admin account that I use to link the digital entitlement to a Microsoft Account.
    • For that separate admin account, the password that I use to log into my system has to be the same as the Microsoft Account.
    • If I have more than one admin account on a system, only one admin account can link that digital entitlement to a Microsoft Account.
    • I can use just one Microsoft account to register with Microsoft all the digital entitlements across all our systems. That is, I can "manage" all my entitlements with just one Microsoft Account.

      Yes to this bullet? No? Cerebrus seems to saying NO in that thread. Others seem to think YES.


    Thanks.
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  2.    27 Jun 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
    Posts : 12,952
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by x509 View Post
    • I can still use my local account for my daily work, as long as I create a separate admin account that I use to link the digital entitlement to a Microsoft Account.
    Yes.


    Quote Originally Posted by x509 View Post
    • For that separate admin account, the password that I use to log into my system has to be the same as the Microsoft Account.
    Yes. Signing in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account, the password is always that of Microsoft account.


    Quote Originally Posted by x509 View Post
    • If I have more than one admin account on a system, only one admin account can link that digital entitlement to a Microsoft Account.
    Yes. Digital license of a Windows 10 PC can only be attached to one MS account at any given time.


    Quote Originally Posted by x509 View Post
    • I can use just one Microsoft account to register with Microsoft all the digital entitlements across all our systems. That is, I can "manage" all my entitlements with just one Microsoft Account.
    Yes.

    Please notice that license transfer and management can be confusing if you do not use descriptive computer names.

    By default Windows names a PC with DESKTOP-XXXXXXX where XXXXXXX is a random 7 character alphanumeric string. Naming your PC before assigning license to a Microsoft account helps you to identify your computers and digital licenses when transferring licenses.

    Here's how to name a PC when installing Windows 10:


    (Video from thread Tips and tricks - You saw it first on TenForums! Solved - Windows 10 Forums)

    To give a descriptive name later, see this tutorial: Change Computer Name in Windows 10 Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials

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