Your Windows Product Key is essential in activating the OS when you reinstall it on your device or switch to another PC. Since the need for this key arises in very rare situations, it is very easy to lose track of where you stored it. Luckily, Microsoft allows you to link this key to your account. Of course, you would need to create a Microsoft account for this. In this article, we show you how to link your Windows 10 and 11 product key to your Microsoft Account.
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Link your Windows 10 Product Key to a Microsoft Account
Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your Windows PC or laptop.
Step 2: Select Update & Security.
Step 3: Click on Activation.
Step 4: Check the activation status of your Windows OS. Under the Add a Microsoft Account section, click on Add an account.
Step 5: Sign in using your Microsoft Account.
Your Windows Product Key will be linked to your Microsoft Account. If your product key does not support a digital license, you will not see the option to add your Microsoft Account. The only thing you can do in this situation is to write the product key on a piece of paper and keep it in a safe place. You can also copy the key on the Notes app on your phone and password-protect it to keep it secure from prying eyes.
Link your Windows 11 Product Key to your Microsoft Account
Step 1: Go to Settings and select Accounts from the side menu.
Step 2: Click on Your Info.
Step 3: Under Account settings click on Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.
Step 4: Once you have signed in, the digital license will be linked to your Microsoft Account.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I link my Windows Product Key to a Microsoft Account?
Ever since the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 came out, users have been able to link their Windows Key to their Microsoft Accounts.
How do I link my Windows 10 digital license to my Microsoft Account?
Go to Settings>Update & Security>Activation>Add an account and sign in with your Microsoft Account.
How do I link my Windows 11 digital license to my Microsoft Account?
Go to Settings>Accounts>Your Info and click Sign in with a Microsoft account instead. Once you are signed in, your Windows 11 Key will be linked to your Microsoft Account.
This is how you can link your Windows 10 or 11 Product Key to your Microsoft Account. To make sure that the key has been successfully linked to your Microsoft Account, go to Settings>Update & Security>Activation. The message should read Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account.
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