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  1. lehnerus2000's Avatar
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    W7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), LM 19.2 MATE (64 bit), W10 Home 1703 (64 bit), W10 Pro 1703 (64 bit) VM

    Thanks Brink

    I'm asking because W10 demanded that I get a ID Verification code.
    I haven't received one, leading me to suspect that the MS email address I used in 2014 is no longer active/valid.

    Although I have Yahoo and Google personal addresses, to avoid a future repetition, I'd have to create a brand new personal MS email address.
    I really hate all of this Cloud s*** (from the user and coder perspectives).

    Just to clarify, the steps you've outlined are applicable to the Insider Previews (I've never had a key).
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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    The tutorial is applicable for all Windows 10 Home and Pro editions. It doesn't matter if they are Insider builds or not, as long as it's at least build 14371 or later.
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Hello everybody!
    Firstly, I would like to thank for all the information available in this forum, and especially on this thread, where it concerns Win10. I found answers for almost all of my questions just by searching the thread, and as such, I just would like to clear one last thing so I can get some peace of mind.

    I, as many others, obtained my Win 10 Pro OS through the free upgrade last year (retail key), one that I installed over an 1TB HDD drive. Now, considering the recent ryzen release, I finally decided to upgrade from my old phenom II build, implying in a significant hardware change. Besides that, I also acquired an SSD drive, in which I intend to install the OS for the new system.

    Being that the case, what would be the most efficient, and secure way of transferring my license key to the new system?
    - Can I just link my current license, installed in the HDD with the old hardware, to MSA, and then perform a fresh install on the SSD with the new system, and then login to MSA registering the new device? That would definitely be the most practical way.

    - Or should I install win10 in my SSD while using the old hardware, register it to MSA, and only then upgrade my system, freshly installing win10 and then activating the license using the troubleshoot? A little more inconvenient, but if it's necessary to do it correctly, I don't mind it at all.

    Thanks in advance for all the help, and sorry if I didn't get more clear, I just couldn't find a better way of phrasing my question.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    Hello Tovarich, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    As long as you have your digital license linked to the same MSA that you create during Windows Setup while installing on the new SSD, you should be good to go.
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  5. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro

    Hello Brink, thanks for the welcoming and the quick response!

    About my situation, I didn't have the digital license associated with Microsoft Account yet, so from what I understood I could simply associate it now, with the old hardware including the same HDD, and then, when upgrading to the new hardware and installing on the SSD, it's just a matter of doing the process through the troubleshooting in "Activation".

    Finally, thank you for your concern and patience.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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    That would be correct, but you would only need to use the troubleshooter if it didn't automatically detect the license from your MSA after creating it in Windows Setup. :)
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    windows 10

    To Guniu and cereberus

    hello Guniu and cereberus

    I have a doubt, now you had your digital license for VM1 , you linked it to MSA then you logged into same MSA in VM2 and transferred the license to VM2. After that if you change back to local account will your VM2 still be activated with digital license or will you lose your license onVM2 just because you logged out of MSA ?
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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    Hello dragon master, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    VM2 would still remain activated after switching to a local account.
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  9. Kol12's Avatar
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    Windows 10 64 bit, 1909

    I have a similar question. I followed the steps to add my MS account from the admin account in the activation settings page. The admin account was already running as a local account and adding the MS account appeared to change it into a MS account from a local account. The activation went on to say that Windows was activated with a digital licence linked to your Microsoft account rather than just Windows is activated with a digital licence.

    I then went to change the account back to a local account and my question is - now that I have been through the process does the licence remain linked once returning the account to a local account?
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  10. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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    Hello Kol12, :)

    Yes, the Microsoft account will always have that digital license linked to that specific PC.
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