How to Link Microsoft Account to Digital License for Windows 10 Activation
InformationStarting with Windows 10 Anniversary Update and Windows 10 build 14371, you can link your Microsoft account (MSA) to the Windows 10 digital license (formerly called digital entitlement) on your device. This can help you reactivate Windows using the Activation troubleshooter if you make a hardware change later, such as replacing the motherboard.
There is not a concept of a primary administrator MSA on a PC. So any administrator MSA that is verified on a PC will show as having the HardwareID associated with their MSA and the OS digital license associated with that HardwareID. Don't think of the license as attached to the MSA, but instead think of the MSA as having the authority to transfer the license. If you have two MSAs verified on a PC and you use one to go through the reactivation process to transfer the digital license, then if you try it with the other MSA you will get told it's no longer possible.
If you already used an MSA to sign in to your activated Windows 10 Home or Pro PC, your MSA will be automatically linked. You can use this MSA linked digital license to re-activate your Genuine Windows 10 device by running the Activation troubleshooter, if you run into Activation issues caused by hardware changes.
If you don't sign in to your activated Windows 10 Home or Pro device with your linked Microsoft account, then you will need to add your Microsoft account to link the MSA to the activation digital license on your PC.
After you add your Microsoft account and link it to your digital license, you can use the Activation troubleshooter to help reactivate Windows after a hardware change.
If you didnít add your Microsoft account and link it to the digital license on your device, you wonít be able to reactivate Windows after a hardware change using the Activation troubleshooter.
This tutorial will show you how to add your Microsoft account (MSA) and link it to the activation digital license on your Windows 10 PC.
You must be signed in as an administrator to add a Microsoft account to link to the digital license.
WarningLinking your Microsoft account to the digital license will switch your local account to a Microsoft account on your Windows 10 PC.
1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.
2. Click/tap on Activation on the left side, and click/tap on Add an account under Add a Microsoft account on the right side. (see screenshot below)
NoteYou will not see Add an account if you are already signed in to your Microsoft account since it will already be linked to the digital license.
If youíve already added your Microsoft account to your device, youíll see Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account on the Activation page automatically.
3. Enter your Microsoft account (ex: email address) and password, and then click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)
4. Select how you would like to get your security code for verification, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)
5. Enter the code you received, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
6. Enter the password of your current local account, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
7. Your local account has now been switched to your Microsoft account, and your Microsoft account is now linked to the digital license of this Windows 10 PC. (see screenshot below)
NoteAfter you add your Microsoft account, youíll see Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account on the Activation page.
Hey, I have a question.
Do you think the digital license is saved on my MSA after i changed back to my local account?
What I mean by that:
I Added MSA to my Windows 10 and it said in Activation tab "Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account", and my PC was in device list of my MSA.
But I don't like the fact that I have to type in password every time I boot up. It's my private PC, I don't need password, I never had. So I switched back to my Local account. But now it's back to "Windows is activated with a digital license" only, and the PC is also gone from the device list on my MSA account.
Do you think it actually unlinked the license, or maybe because I logged in once, it saved anyway, and I will be good with activating in the future on a changed machine?