Windows 10: Linking Windows license with MS account - What does it do? Solved

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    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
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       31 May 2018 #21

    Clintlgm said: View Post
    ... I had to use Phone in Activation at the end of the activation
    Is Phone In Activation still available? The only references I see now seem to be for enterprise accounts only.
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  2.    02 Jun 2018 #22

    Poke, did you have any success?
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  3. Posts : 480
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
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       02 Jun 2018 #23

    2times2 said: View Post
    Poke, did you have any success?
    Oops. A problem with having two threads for the same problem: I forget to update both of them.

    Yes, I finally had success ... about 9 hours ago. Most of the trials, tribulations, and success are documented here. I started asking questions about obtaining a new license and Superfly gave me some suggestions for things to try first.

    The bottom line: I had to do a "Change product key" to my old Win7 key that was in effect when I did the free upgrade from Win7 to Win10. Then the Troubleshooter successfully activated my license.

    This is purely speculation, but I think the problem was that my PC started life with an OEM version of Win7 Home that I manually upgraded to Win7 Pro. 8 years later that got upgraded to Win10 Pro.

    The Troubleshooter displayed a "last used" product id and said the associated product key could not be used for activation. I had not seen before; it was not the one used before I or after my motherboard upgrade. When Superfly suggested I use a Win7 product key I decided I'd better try the upgrade key - the Win7 upgrade key was the closest thing I had to a Win7 Pro key. It worked!

    I'm guessing the unrecognizable product id was associated with my original Win7 Home product key.

    Anyway, all is well now. I've running an activation Windows.
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  4.    05 Jun 2018 #24

    cereberus said: View Post
    It seems that there is no way to tell if the digital licence stemmed from an original oem or retail key.
    The above agrees with the following:
    Activation of an OEM version after changing the mainboard. - Windows 10 Forums
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