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  1.    13 Sep 2018 #140

    Hi Shawn @Brink,

    From the first day I bought my laptop (Feb. 2016) and installed Windows, I have been using only a local account.

    Today, I finally decided to link my Microsoft account to my digital license. Followed Option 1 of your tut, but I ended up with the following:

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    It's worth noting that the "Account used by other apps", was already there and thus I just added the "Email, calendar and contacts" account.

    Sins i didn't get the link to my digital license, I deleted it (without touching "Account used by other apps") and tried again, with same outcome! i.e. NO "Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account", so I guess my Microsoft account is not linked to the digital license.

    Any idea, what is wrong?

    Before trying Option 2, to see if it works, can you please tell me if I would be able to go back to my "beloved" local account afterwards and if this will be the same local account I use now?

    Otherwise, I know the path... Macrium image > play around > Restore!!!
    Last edited by ddelo; 13 Sep 2018 at 07:42.
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       13 Sep 2018 #141

    Hello Dimitri @ddelo,

    It looks like you may need to use Option Two to link it with your MSA.

    You will be able to switch back to a local account afterwards though.

    Switch to Local Account in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  3.    13 Sep 2018 #142

    Hi Shawn,

    Thanks a lot for your always, prompt and accurate answer!
    As you said (and I suspected), it worked with Option 2.... but (there's always a but, with Windows! ) this is what I got.


    1. Signed in with my Microsoft account


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    2. Signed in with my local account, which I enabled after finished with Option 2 of the tutorial

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    Any ideas?
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       13 Sep 2018 #143

    That's ok. The message in Settings only shows the current status of activation. Once you have linked the license to your MSA, you will be able to activate the PC with it if needed.
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  5.    13 Sep 2018 #144

    Wowww, that was fast!!!

    Just to verify that I understood it correctly.
    Since the digital license is linked to my Microsoft account, if I want to activate it in another PC, or if I change motherboard in this one, I install and sign in with my Microsoft account, activate and then do whatever I want (i.e. use either Microsoft or Local account)

    Thanks a lot mate! You're the best!
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       13 Sep 2018 #145

    You would need to sign in with the Microsoft account that the license is linked to, but you may need to use the Activation troubleshooter to activate when you change the motherboard since that is considered a different computer.
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  7.    13 Sep 2018 #146

    Brink said: View Post
    You would need to sign in with the Microsoft account that the license is linked to, but you may need to use the Activation troubleshooter to activate when you change the motherboard since that is considered a different computer.
    Got it!!

    Thanks a lot Shawn!
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       13 Sep 2018 #147

    You're most welcome mate.
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  9.    13 Sep 2018 #148

    ddelo said: View Post
    Wowww, that was fast!!!

    Just to verify that I understood it correctly.
    Since the digital license is linked to my Microsoft account, if I want to activate it in another PC, or if I change motherboard in this one, I install and sign in with my Microsoft account, activate and then do whatever I want (i.e. use either Microsoft or Local account)

    Thanks a lot mate! You're the best!
    @ddelo,

    You can check which devices are linked to your Microsoft Account here:
    Sign in to your Microsoft account
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  10.    14 Sep 2018 #149

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    @ddelo,

    You can check which devices are linked to your Microsoft Account here:
    Sign in to your Microsoft account
    Thank you!
    I checked it and my laptop is there, described with its full specs!
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