Windows 10: Link Microsoft Account to Windows 10 Digital License
The method you linked to is the same as the tutorial here. The only difference is that it's telling you to switch to a MSA first. There's no need to since the process will do it for you anyway.
You have to be signed in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account (MSA) to be able to link the PC's digital license to your MSA.
Since you took away that link to a non competing entity and I am trying this tutorial now.. My Win 10 1511 does not show this option to add an MS a/c in this "ACTIVATION" location. Has this/ location changed with MS releases?
PS: The only thing I've done so far is use the REG keys for - Disable Automatic Update and for Metered Ethernet - Would any of this cause such an issue?
How and where did you enter the MSA information? I dont get the "Add Account" option under Activation like the tutorial points out.
Does the blue note box under step 2 apply to you for why you don't have the option?
That is what I am asking. Is that option not visible /available on 1511 - Thats what MS chat is telling me I have to update to 1607 for that to be visible to link my activation to MS A
The option to link to your MSA was available starting with build 14371.
Just to clarify, are you already signed in to a MSA? If so, then it's already linked.
I am not. Build 14371 is which one? Is it after 1511? (I am confused with these numbers and wish there was a easy way to track)
Last edited by Brink; 29 Aug 2016 at 07:06.
Thanks. I have that - 1511 - 10586.545 -
What I was looking for was this stuff.. cause sometimes people use only "partial numbers" sometimes Th1 Rs1.. etc.. Its confusing unless you read through these references and its still too many labeling/ naming schemes.. Which MS should simplify and stick to.
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So, when you mention 14371 is that an intermediary Insider build? prior to recent Anniv update?
So before this build, people could not "link or associate" their Digital License with an MS Account?
You had to be on version 14371 onwards to link the account.
If you login with a local account, you had to manually link it. I did a lot of testing, and I discovered
1) if you go back to a local account - the digital link gets removed!
A couple of use even tried going offline, then reverting to a local account but sooner or later the MSA account caught up removing the link - not sure how though.
2) it only remembers the last digital licence install in the MSA.
So if you had installed home and digitally activated it and linked to MSA, then later installed pro and digitally activated it linking to MSA, the home link gets removed ie you can only have one digital link per device per ms account. The workaround is to use a separate MSA for each install.
3) there is a very low limit how many times you can transfer a key - I did it two or three times (can't remember exactly but no more for sure), and it objects saying it has been moved too often. Of course this happened after 5 times on old product key activation, but then you could use telephone activation to reinstate key.
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