How to Link Your Windows Product Key to a Microsoft Account

In this article, we’ll guide you through linking your Windows product key to your Microsoft account.

Linking your Windows Product key to your Microsoft account may not bring immediate benefits to you, but in the long run, there are lots of advantages that you can’t afford to overlook.

One major benefit is that you can reactivate Windows quickly, thus eliminating the need for you to type your 25-character product key or contact Microsoft to verify the key. So, if you’re planning to make significant hardware changes to your PC, make sure that you link the product key to your Microsoft account before making such modifications.

Linking your key to your Microsoft account also helps you track your devices and licenses on the Account page in Windows Settings app. However, linking your Windows licenses to the Microsoft account will also mean that the software company will collect and share your data with some of its partners and advertisers.

That said, you can control which types of data you want or don’t want to share with the companies. In other words, a Microsoft account is not exactly a direct threat to your privacy if you know how to use it. If you’re still worried, learn how to make your data worthless to big tech companies.

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To link your Windows product key to a Microsoft account, you need an active internet connection so your PC can talk to Microsoft’s servers. Assuming you’re currently online, let’s dive into the steps:

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing Win + I on your keyboard.
  2. Click Accounts.
  3. Click Your info in Account settings.
  4. Click the Sign in with a Microsoft account instead link in Account settings.
  5. Type your Microsoft account credentials to complete the linking.

How to Know if Your Windows Product Key Is Linked to Your Microsoft Account

Before jumping to the steps, check if your Windows product key is already linked to your Microsoft account. The process is simple and won’t take much of your time.

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing the Win key + I key on your keyboard.
  2. Click Activation.
  3. Expand the Activation state drop-down menu by clicking on it.

If your Windows product is linked to your Microsoft account, clicking on the Activation state should show you a message that reads, “Windows is activated with a digital license.” If you don’t see that message, you need to link the product key to the Microsoft account.

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Your Windows Product Key Is Now Linked to Your Microsoft Account

Many Windows users are least bothered about Windows activation because it’s possible to run Windows with some limitations without needing a genuine product key. But an activated version of Windows is far superior to the one that’s not activated.

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