1. Joined : Jul 2015
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    Windows of various sorts
       03 Aug 2015 #1

    Product key without Microsoft account?

    I read that the Windows 10 product key from the free upgrade is automatically linked to your Microsoft account. Since I do not want to use a Microsoft account to sign into Windows, will this be a problem when I reinstall in the future?
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  2.    03 Aug 2015 #2

    doubt it if you have upgraded it. MS now knows your complete setup and should activate it by that once youre done with the clean install and connected to the mighty intArnet!
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 45
    Windows of various sorts
       03 Aug 2015 #3

    Yeah it's activated, although what if I upgrade my hardware and need to reinstall? Since there doesn't seem to be a way to retrieve the "real" product key (it only shows a "generic" product key)
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 60
    Windows 10 10586.218
       03 Aug 2015 #4

    It's actually linked to your HWID.
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