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  1.    02 Apr 2017 #40

    Assuming that I have to reinstall Windows after changing the motherboard, then switching to my Microsoft account beforehand will make no difference. In this case, can I use the Activation troubleshooter to reactivate Windows?
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       02 Apr 2017 #41

    If you had previously linked your Microsoft account to the digital license for that PC, then it should automatically activate the same PC when you setup using the same Microsoft account.

    However, I would always recommend to have your product key written down and kept somewhere safe as a backup.
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  3.    06 Apr 2017 #42

    How can I check that my Microsoft account already contains my PC's info?

    Brink said: View Post
    it should automatically activate the same PC when you setup using the same Microsoft account.
    It will not be the same PC because the motherboard is changed.
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       06 Apr 2017 #43

    The digital license for the PC will still be tied to your Microsoft account, but you will be able to use the troubleshooter as described in the tutorial to reactive the PC after changing the motherboard on it.

    It's just that I would always recommend to write down your product key as a backup to be safe.

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  5.    18 Jun 2018 #44

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    I installed 2 VMs with 14372, A and B. Activated A, used your manual to activate and tie the activation to my MS account. Logged into my MS account and it shows Machine A under my devices. Logged into B with the same microsoft account and checked online that now 2 devices show up under that MS account. Tried the activation troubleshooter to activate B but it tells me that there are NO devices tied to my microsoft account that may be used to activate the currently used machine. Then, when I click on "Show other devices linked to this microsoft account", to my surprise, the error is "windows cannot be activated another time on these devices" while listing NO devices at all.

    If I insert the product key once more I get "windows cannot be activated on this device because the product key that you entered is already in use on another device".
    Has your 'B' activated successfully?
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