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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       #490

    rdwray said:
    It states that I have a digital license, would that be the same as the product key?
    The digital license is what's on Microsoft's activation server that is associated with the product key to activate on that specific computer.

    You should be good to go then.
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  2. Posts : 640
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       #491

    Brink said:
    The digital license is what's on Microsoft's activation server that is associated with the product key to activate on that specific computer.

    You should be good to go then.
    Isn't the product key the same as a digital license?
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       #492

    rdwray said:
    Isn't the product key the same as a digital license?
    Basically, but the digital license is just an online activation reference of the product key.

    A more detailed explanation is under "Methods of activation" below to help.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ws-10-activate
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       #493

    Brink said:
    Basically, but the digital license is just an online activation reference of the product key.

    A more detailed explanation is under "Methods of activation" below to help.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ws-10-activate
    Not real clear considering I have a digital license but not associated with MSA:
    If you got Windows 10 by...: "Upgrading to Windows 10 for free from an eligible device running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1"

    Activation method: "If you associated or signed onto a Microsoft Account or associated your MSA with your digital license, that will be your MSA containing the digital license."
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       #494

    The digital license stored on Microsoft Activation Servers is based only on the unique hardware ID of the computer itself and which edition of Windows (Home or Pro) is installed on that computer and has nothing to do with a Microsoft Account. When you log onto that computer with a Microsoft Microsoft, a link is added to your Microsoft account pointing to that digital license.

    When you reinstall the same edition of Windows 10 on the same computer, the Unique Hardware ID of that computer and the edition of Windows 10 installed is sent to MS activation servers. A match is made in the database and the stored digital license will activate Windows. This happens completely independent of an Microsoft Account.
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  6. Posts : 640
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       #495

    NavyLCDR said:
    The digital license stored on Microsoft Activation Servers is based only on the unique hardware ID of the computer itself and which edition of Windows (Home or Pro) is installed on that computer and has nothing to do with a Microsoft Account. When you log onto that computer with a Microsoft Microsoft, a link is added to your Microsoft account pointing to that digital license.

    When you reinstall the same edition of Windows 10 on the same computer, the Unique Hardware ID of that computer and the edition of Windows 10 installed is sent to MS activation servers. A match is made in the database and the stored digital license will activate Windows. This happens completely independent of an Microsoft Account.
    Now that is putting it in plain english that I can understand.
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       #496

    Great tutorial detail....thanks Shawn.
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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       #497

    dlm01 said:
    Great tutorial detail....thanks Shawn.
    Thank you dim01, and welcome to Ten Forums.
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    Windows 10 Pro ver 20H2
       #498

    Would there be any benefit to installing Windows with secure boot enabled if the BIOS allows it?
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  10. Brink's Avatar
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       #499

    Kol12 said:
    Would there be any benefit to installing Windows with secure boot enabled if the BIOS allows it?
    Hello Matt,

    It's usually recommended to disable Secure Boot first to be able to boot from the Windows 10 installation USB. Some motherboards may not support booting from a USB flash drive while Secure Boot is enabled. Once the clean install has finished, you can enable Secure Boot.

    If your motherboard supports booting from a USB with Secure Boot enabled, then you can leave it enabled if you like when doing a clean install. If you're using official Windows 10 installation media, I'm not sure if there will be any security advantage other than what Secure Boot is designed for.
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