System Link Microsoft Account to Windows 11 Digital License


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Activation helps verify that your copy of Windows is genuine and hasn’t been used on more devices than the Microsoft Software License Terms allow.

When installing Windows 11, the digital license associates itself with your device's hardware.

When you add a Microsoft account to Windows 11 as an administrator, the Windows 11 digital license will automatically be linked to the Microsoft account.

Linking your Microsoft account with your digital license will allow automatic activation once your PC is connected to the internet and you sign in to Windows 11 with your Microsoft account as an administrator.

If you make significant hardware changes on your device, such as replacing your motherboard, Windows will no longer find a license that matches your device, and you’ll need to reactivate Windows to get it up and running. To activate Windows, you'll need either a digital license or a product key. Linking your Microsoft account with your digital license enables you to reactivate Windows using the Activation troubleshooter whenever you make a significant hardware change.

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This tutorial will show you how to link your Microsoft account to your Windows 11 digital license.


You must be signed in as administrator to link your Microsoft account to your Windows 11 digital license.



Contents

  • Option One: Link Microsoft Account to Windows 11 Digital License by Adding Microsoft Account during Clean Install
  • Option Two: Link Microsoft Account to Windows 11 Digital License by Adding Microsoft Account as New Account
  • Option Three: Link Microsoft Account to Windows 11 Digital License by Switching Local Account to Microsoft Account
  • Option Four: Link Microsoft Account to Windows 11 Digital License by Adding Microsoft Account to be Used by Other Apps


EXAMPLE: "Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account"

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Option One

Link Microsoft Account to Windows 11 Digital License by Adding Microsoft Account during Clean Install


1 While performing a clean install of Windows 11, enter your product key, and add your Microsoft account during Windows Setup.


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Option Two

Link Microsoft Account to Windows 11 Digital License by Adding Microsoft Account as New Account


1 Add your Microsoft account as a new account on the PC.


2 Change your Microsoft account type to be an administrator.





Option Three

Link Microsoft Account to Windows 11 Digital License by Switching Local Account to Microsoft Account


1 Switch your local account that's an administrator to your Microsoft account.





Option Four

Link Microsoft Account to Windows 11 Digital License by Adding Microsoft Account to be Used by Other Apps


1 Add your Microsoft account as an account to be used by other apps.

2 Be sure to click/tap on Next to Use this account everywhere on your device while adding your Microsoft account.


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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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