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  1.    11 Aug 2017 #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by slicendice View Post
    That sounds just about right. Except for a license that has unlimited transfers. But for such licence you pay much more than normally. I have to check how this works...
    I can tell you what MS said to me:

    I had a retail Windows 8 license which I upgraded to 10. I had always used this license to both run a VM (via VMware Fusion) and run as native boot. Whether this is valid I don't know (it is only one installed instance) but it always worked or 7 and 8. After the upgrade to 10 switching between the 2 failed irrespective which (VM or native) I upgraded as new hardware was seen and after a couple of switches it failed.

    MS told me (by phone so not officially) that the upgrade license while retail channel is NOT transferrable whatever the underlying license was. They then replaced the activation I got from the upgrade with a retail Windows 10 key (for free) which lets me swap back and forth as much as I want. Clearly not all retail licenses (or perhaps I mean activations) are equal.

    I think really (as long as you are being honest and have a plausible case) they will activate pretty much anything - even if it just to get you off the phone
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  2.    11 Aug 2017 #22
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    Yes I found a document from MS that stated that the retail functionality (transferable license) of Win 7 and 8 is NOT applied to Windows 10 when upgrading using the old keys. You need to buy a full retail Win 10, if you want to keep upgrading your hardware unlimited times again with Windows 10.

    You had a nice MS rep, if they gave you a new key for free, with all the retail benefits.
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  3.    11 Aug 2017 #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by slicendice View Post
    You had a nice MS rep, if they gave you a new key for free, with all the retail benefits.
    They've always been good with me.

    I like to think it is my charming phone demeanor but most likely you are right - I was just lucky
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  4.    15 Aug 2017 #24

    What linking to the MS account means you login using the local account but you still need an MS account to access the store and Onedrive. So when you login to these is links you you local account to the MS account and you won't have to login each time. You MS account doesn't have to be an Outlook email account and it can be any of your email accounts.
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  5.    15 Aug 2017 #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by orlbuckeye View Post
    What linking to the MS account means you login using the local account but you still need an MS account to access the store and Onedrive. So when you login to these is links you you local account to the MS account and you won't have to login each time. You MS account doesn't have to be an Outlook email account and it can be any of your email accounts.
    Yes, exactly, you could use your Gmail also, or whatever email you have available when registering a Microsoft Account.
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