Sunday June 26, 2016

Microsoft Tweaks Activation Rules For Windows 10 Anniversary Update

It appears that licensing can be linked to your Microsoft account in the near future. I wonder why they didn’t do this to begin with, as a personal account is less likely to change, as opposed to your hardware configuration. It should be easier to reactivate Windows now after replacing a motherboard or other significant component.

After a motherboard replacement, you can use the new Activation Troubleshooter to view digital licenses associated with your Microsoft account and identify the device that has the replacement motherboard. That action transfers the digital license to the new installation ID. The second situation where the link to a Microsoft account might help is on a PC that has more than one license attached to it. That situation might apply if you purchased a PC with Windows 10 Home installed by the OEM and then upgraded to Windows 10 Pro during the free upgrade period using a product key from a retail copy of Windows 7 Professional, for example.