It was a feature that had been talked about for a long time and is finally available to everyone after the arrival of the big update. Windows 10 Anniversary Update. We refer to the possibility of link our Microsoft account and Windows 10 license, something that undoubtedly makes it much easier to activate Windows 10 after a change is made to the hardware of our computer.
While in Windows 7 the change of any hardware component means having to reactivate the operating system, in Windows 8 the process was somewhat simplified by storing the key in the UEFI BIOS so that finally, in Windows 10, the Redmond have decided to allow associate the activation key with the ID of the different components of the equipment.
Even so, when making a major hardware change on our computer, there were still some problems to perform the activation correctly. To facilitate this, Microsoft has decided to offer users the ability to link your Windows 10 digital license to Microsoft account. Something that is already possible to do in a simple way from the configuration settings after the arrival of Windows 10 Anniversary Update and that will allow authentication of future Windows 10 installations just by indicating our Microsoft account.
How to link our Windows 10 Anniversary Update key to our Microsoft account
To link the digital license to the Microsoft account, the first thing we must do is go to the new menu of Setting and select the option Update and security. This will show us a window with a side menu on the left where we must select the option Activation.
Next, in the right panel we will have to click on Add an account and indicate our Microsoft account and password to log in. If the data entered is correct we will see how the license has been linked to the Microsoft account.
If after making a major hardware change in our equipment, we find that in the system configuration it appears as pending activation, we can use the Windows 10 troubleshooter. After identifying with our Microsoft account, if we are not already identified, we will select the device we are using from the list that appears and click on Activate.
It will automatically check our account and, if everything is correct, the operating system will be activated again without problems.