Digital License 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. A digital license (called a digital entitlement in Windows 10, Version 1511) is a method of activation in Windows 10 that doesn’t require you to enter a product key.
Windows 10 Digital License Ultimate is a powerful and easy-to-use program that allows you to permanently activate your Windows 10 in an easy way. The program is very easy to use and does not require experience to activate Windows 10 all editions permanently with a digital License. It will smartly detect and automatically replace any KMS license if present already. Moreover, Windows 10 Digital License Ultimate 2019 is a smart activator. In the same hardware, Upon windows 10 reinstall (any editions) you don’t have to install or activate your windows again because at first online contact the MS Server will recognize the HWID and grant activation automatically.
Windows 10 Product Key Overview
When Windows 10 is activated for the first time, that device gets a valid digital license for the activated edition, for the lifetime of that device. However, its hardware ID (HWID) must remain the same (no major hardware changes). Microsoft has 15 different hardware IDs to be used in various scenarios, the one that determines if a digital license on a device is valid is hardware ID 3. See the full list: Specifying Hardware IDs for a Computer.
Notice that disk drives are not included in the HWID. This means that a user is free to replace an HDD or SSD without losing his or her Windows 10 license. That said, a digital license is edition specific, but not language, version or bit architecture-specific. You can replace your HDD containing a licensed 64-bit Windows 10 Pro version 1809 in English, and install a 32-bit Windows 10 Pro version 1909 in Swedish on a new HDD. Windows 10 will be automatically activated, based on the HWID and the existing digital license.
Setup Digital License
If you recently upgraded to Windows 10 before the free upgrade offer expired, a digital license crack should be attached to your device. Microsoft is making the digital license a bit unique by linking activation not only to your hardware but also to your Microsoft Account. This will not only make activation easier but troubleshooting common scenarios involving hardware modifications and upgrades.
There are some interesting changes users will see. The first one is the obvious change from Windows is activated with a digital entitlement to Windows is activated with a digital license. At the bottom is a new option called Add a Microsoft Account.
Click Add an account to start linking your account; you will be prompted to sign in using your Microsoft Account and password.
After signing in, Windows 10 activation status will now display Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account. A mouthful I know, but this is how Microsoft will reduce the need always to know that 25 alphanumeric product key users are accustomed to losing or misplacing.
There are some interesting scenarios where this is especially beneficial. The most obvious is when you need to reinstall Windows 10. The process is quite uneventful; I was not even able to try out the troubleshooting option initially because it works so efficiently. Windows 10 Digital License Activation just reactivates automatically once your hardware signature is detected. I found another welcome discovery too; Digital License permits activating installations using the same license in dual boot configurations, on the same machine.
I was able to set up another partition, install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update there and it activated without issue. My installation on the boot drive was not affected. This is especially ideal for users who might want to have an extra installation for testing or compatibility. For Windows Insiders, it is especially great if you only have one machine and would like to avoid sacrificing a production install to test the latest Windows 10 builds.
Taking care of Digital Licenses
Even if you use only a local account to sign in to Windows 10, it is important to create a Microsoft account, if you do not have one already. This is the only way to be sure that license can be reused for reactivation after replacing hardware or transferring that license to a new device. As an example, I have just performed a clean install of W10 Pro on a Hyper-V virtual machine, although exactly the same applies to physical devices, too. The first thing to do is to change the device name to something that will later clearly tell me which machine this is. I renamed the machine to VM-W10PRO07, it being the seventh W10 Pro VM I have activated. When transferring the license, it is important that you know the device name for the license you wish to transfer.
After the restart required by renaming the machine, I activated this VM using one of my MAK keys for the Windows 10 Pro edition. At this point, activation status is shown as Activated with a digital license:
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If I now click the Add an account under Add a Microsoft Account link, my local account would be switched to a Microsoft Account, and this license would be registered for that MS account. If a Microsoft account is what you want to use, click Add an account and follow the on-screen instructions to sign in. However, if you are like me and want to continue using a local account, do not click that link! See this earlier Win10. guru story, scroll down to title Why not best of both?, and see how to add a Microsoft account to Windows 10 without switching a local account to a Microsoft account: Microsoft Account vs. Local Account – Why not both?
Whichever method you choose, after switching to a Microsoft account or adding an MS account to a local account, the activation status changes to Activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account:
That’s it, the digital license is now ready to be transferred.
Transferring a Digital License
Let’s say that my sample machine was a real, physical machine and that it died. A Retail license registered on my MS account now belongs to a device that does not exist anymore. I can assemble a new PC, clean-install Windows 10 Pro on it selecting I don’t have a product key, and when I get to its desktop for the first time, rename that PC and restart. Then, I can either switch to a Microsoft account or add an MS account to a local account.