With the latest version of Windows, Windows 10, you no longer have to worry about managing that small product key that is essential when activating Windows. Most of the time, you don’t require it however, there are times that you’ll need to install Windows or upgrade the device on your computer, and then suddenly Windows isn’t activated.
I was recently required to transfer an instance from Windows 10 from an old computer to a newer one, and I had no clue where my product key was. It wasn’t on my computer, in an official certificate, as well as in the email I use the account, which meant I was stuck. After chatting with Microsoft regarding their issue with me, they advised me that I could connect my product key with my Microsoft account which would turn it into a digital license.
In this post, I’ll explain how you can connect to your Windows license with your Microsoft account for security and backup purposes. You may not use it frequently but when you require the service, be thankful you have it.
Link Windows License to Microsoft Account
It is essential to have a Microsoft account set up in order to take advantage of this feature. You can create one here in case you require it. If you already have an account you can log onto Windows normal (with the account you have created with your Microsoft account or personal account) and navigate to the Start menu followed by Settings.
Next, click Update and Security.
After that, click the button “Activation” on the menu left.
In the upper part, you’ll find information about the version of Windows you’ve installed and whether or not it’s activated.
If the license or product key is stored in Your Microsoft Account, click to be able to see the Add an account Microsoft account option at the lower. Select “Add account then you’ll be asked to log into your account.
If the product key you’re using doesn’t permit a digital license, then you’ll have two other lines: the Product ID and Product Key that is listed but without the option to create an account with a Microsoft account. In these instances, it’s crucial that you don’t lose the product key since you can only activate Windows with that key.
After linking your account, you’ll notice that it reads: Windows has been activated thanks to an electronic license that is linked to the account you have linked to your Microsoft Account.
In a subsequent blog post, I’ll demonstrate how you can restart Windows with a digital license that is stored within the account of your Microsoft account. For any queries, you’d like to ask, please leave a post a comment. Enjoy!