Will a Microsoft account save my windows 10 activation key?

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    NavyLCDR said:
    Nothing happens to the old PC. Scenario:
    Joe buys a new PC, installs Windows 10 Home with the retail license from his old PC. Joe wipes the old PC drive and sells it with no OS.

    New owner pops in a Windows 10 USB flash drive and installs Windows 10 Home with no product key. As soon as the old PC connects to the internet, it will retrieve its digital license stored on Microsoft activation servers based on the computer's hardware ID (not product key) and will activate.

    There is nothing a consumer can do to remove a digital license stored at Microsoft, and Microsoft is not actively removing them either. However, by removing Windows from the old PC, the consumer has done all that they can do to comply with the EULA.
    In summary, you can activate 2 (or more?) PCs with a retail key and MS will do nothing to police the licences in use.
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