[Solved] Windows 10 Activation using Local Account vs. MS Account

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by John Sutherland, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. John Sutherland

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    Right now I have Windows 10 Home (Build 14393.1198) installed on my HP laptop. Original OS was Windows 8 Core, upgraded to 8.1 Core, later to Windows 10 Home. Activation is via a digital license linked to my MS Account, which I first created when I did a clean install of 8.1 about a month after doing the upgrade via the Windows Store.

    Question: Suppose that sometime in the future I want to do a clean install of Windows 10 Home, and create a Local Account during the installation process instead of using my current MS Account. I obtained the current activation key using Belarc Advisor, but do I need anything else for a valid activation? Like some sort of digitally signed certificate? Or is activation of Windows 10 permanently tied to my MS Account?
     
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  2. Enthousiast

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    The HWID is based on the hardware it's established on, no need for using your MSA when clean installing win 10 Home on that hardware.
     
  3. John Sutherland

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    Hello @ Enthousiast - Thanks for answering one minute after I posted. You are a speed demon!

    I know that the HWID is the major factor in Windows 10 activation, I just wanted to be sure that changing my account from MS to Local didn't somehow foul things up. Thanks again.
     
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  4. John Sutherland

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    Who marked my thread as [Solved]? I wanted to leave it open for a while in case anyone tried exactly what I described and ran into problems during or after the installation.
     
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  5. Enthousiast

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    The staff probably did, it will be kept open.