Windows 10: Active Window 10 with Digital License instead of Product Key ???

Discus and support Active Window 10 with Digital License instead of Product Key ??? in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hi all, I recently bought a new laptop and I'd like to reinstall Window 10 on the new one. Problem is the Window 10 I have is the one upgraded from... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by DanielLee.LAHD, Mar 23, 2019.

  1. Active Window 10 with Digital License instead of Product Key ???


    Hi all,


    I recently bought a new laptop and I'd like to reinstall Window 10 on the new one.

    Problem is the Window 10 I have is the one upgraded from Window 8.1 for free. So if I log in with my Microsoft account on the new laptop Window then is it gonna automatic active the new Window with the thing so-called Digital License or not??


    Thanks for your time reading this and sorry about my English.

    :)
     
    DanielLee.LAHD, Mar 23, 2019
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  2. Kari Win User

    Activation switched from "with product key" to "with Digital License"


    This is valid, with a small "but":

    Active Window 10 with Digital License instead of Product Key ??? [​IMG]
    Information As soon as Windows 10 version 1511 or later is activated, regardless of the activation method or product key type, it is entitled to digital activation and license.

    Therefore, the product key or other activation methods are not (should not be) needed when re-installing Windows.
    Version 1511 always shows the product key after initial key activation. It is of course already entitled to a digital activation and license but that will only be shown after first reinstall without a key.

    1607 made this a bit easier to understand, showing Digital License instead of Product Key already after the initial first product key activation.


    See my reply above Active Window 10 with Digital License instead of Product Key ??? :)
     
  3. Mistake activating Win10 using product key instead of digital license

    Just checked my receipts to jog my memory and remembered the computer came with the last version of 8 and I subsequently upgraded to 10, so it is quite possible it was the Home version. Problem is that I can't tell because instead of skipping through the
    steps to activate with my account the tech put in a product key and now setup won't allow me to try and use my MS account for activation. My question really is can I get back to the original setup before the key was entered? Or secondly would a clean reinstall
    require me to enter a key or would it just re-use the one the tech entered? Or perhaps thirdly as my digital license would have the info as to which version I'm supposed to have is there a way to find that information?

    Thanks for your response.
     
    RobertPeterson8, Mar 23, 2019
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  4. elbmek Win User

    Active Window 10 with Digital License instead of Product Key ???

    Activation switched from "with product key" to "with Digital License"


    I have 3 users on my pc - I have digital too

    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. Depending on how you got your copy of Windows 10, activation will use either a digital license or a 25-character product key.


    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.


    [table][tr] How you got Windows 10 Activation method [/tr] [tr][td]You upgraded to Windows 10 for free from an eligible device running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.[/td] [td]Digital license[/td] [/tr] [tr][td]You bought genuine Windows 10 from the Windows Store and successfully activated Windows 10.[/td] [td]Digital license[/td] [/tr] [tr][td]You bought a Windows 10 Pro upgrade from the Windows Store and successfully activated Windows 10.[/td] [td]Digital license[/td] [/tr] [tr][td]You’re a Windows Insider and upgraded to the newest Windows 10 Insider Preview build on an eligible device that was running an activated previous version of Windows and Windows 10 Preview.[/td] [td]Digital license[/td] [/tr] [tr][td]You bought a copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer.[/td] [td]Product key (On a label inside the Windows 10 box. A digital license will be given to your device for Windows 10 based on the valid product key you entered.)[/td] [/tr] [tr][td]You bought a digital copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer.[/td] [td]Product key (In the confirmation email you received after buying Windows 10 or in a digital locker accessible through the retailer’s website. A digital license will be given to your device for Windows 10 based on the valid product key you entered.) [/td] [/tr] [tr][td]You have a Volume Licensing agreement for Windows 10 or MSDN subscription.[/td] [td]Product key (Available through the web portal for your program.)[/td] [/tr] [tr][td]You bought a new device running Windows 10.[/td] [td]Product key (Pre–installed on your device, included with the device packaging, or included as a card or on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached to the device.)[/td] [/tr] [/table]
     
    elbmek, Mar 23, 2019
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