Windows 10: Local Accounts - Upgrade Question Solved

  1.    24 Aug 2015 #1

    Local Accounts - Upgrade Question

    I am building a new tower for my in-laws and nephews. As of now, they want to stay with Windows 7. I'm fine with that, and have a licenses for them. However, I would like to upgrade it to Windows 10 temporarily, to get their license activated. I will roll it back to Windows 7 and use another key for the time being.

    Now here's the question. Normally, I could do a clean install of Windows 10 later on. However, non of them have a Microsoft Account. How would the license be tied to their computer in the future? I recently upgraded my laptop to Windows 10, then was able to do a clean install. Once I logged in using my Microsoft Account, my laptop was activated. How would this be accomplished on a computer with only local accounts?

    Is my only option to create a Microsoft Account just for this computer, so a Windows 10 license gets applied?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       24 Aug 2015 #2

    Hey mate,

    No worries. The free Windows 10 upgrade activation is registered for that PC on Microsoft activation servers when upgraded from an activated Windows 7/8.1 PC.

    It doesn't matter if the PC has a local account or Microsoft account. :)
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  3.    24 Aug 2015 #3

    Thanks for the info. I was thinking it tied the hardware hash to the Microsoft Account. Good to know for future family and friend builds.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       24 Aug 2015 #4

    You're most welcome. :)
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