If you're tired of typing the 25-digit key every time you reinstall Windows. you can simply link it to your Microsoft account and it's yours forever.
Presumably if you are running Windows 10 or 11 you have a genuine copy and a corresponding key for them. If you still have pirated Windows, we urge you to get genuine, even at an economical price, for greater security and manageability.
Linking the product key to your Microsoft account efibervery important, because this can prevent headaches when you need to use it again. Let's see how you can make this connection.
Why link your Microsoft account to a product key?
Linking your Windows product key to your Microsoft account may not bring immediate benefits to you, but in the long run, there are many benefits that you cannot afford to overlook.
A major advantage is that you can quickly reactivate Windows, eliminating the need to type in the 25-character key number or contact Microsoft to verify the key.
Therefore, if you are planning to make major hardware changes to your computer such as change hard disk, make sure you link the key to your Microsoft account before making such modifications.
Linking your key to your Microsoft account also helps you keep track of your devices and licenses on the Account page in the Windows Settings app. However, linking your Windows licenses to your Microsoft account will also mean that the software company will collect and share your data with some of its partners and advertisers.
But you can control what types of data you want or don't want to share with companies. In other words, a Microsoft account isn't exactly an immediate threat to your privacy if you know how to use it.
How to link a product key to your Microsoft account?
To link your Windows product key to a Microsoft account, you need an active internet connection so your computer can talk to Microsoft servers. Assuming you are currently logged in after reading this article, let's go through the steps:
step 1 : Open the Settings app by pressing Win + I on your keyboard and click on “Accounts”.
step 2 : Click on “Your Information” in account settings.
step 3 : Click the “Sign in with a Microsoft account” link in account settings. Enter your Microsoft account credentials to complete the sign-in.
If you don't have a Microsoft account you can create one from the Settings app. For Windows 11 on the Settings page > About you > Related settings > Accounts. In Windows 10 Settings > Accounts > Your info.
Click the help link to open the relevant web page in your browser, from where you can create a new Microsoft account.
How to check if your key was linked to your account
Before you go to the steps above, check if your Windows product key is already linked to your Microsoft account. The process is simple and won't take much time.
step 1 : Open the Settings app by pressing the Win + I key on your keyboard.
step 2 : For Windows 11 click Activate. For Windows 10 click on “Update and security” and then on Activate.
step 3 : For Windows 11 expand the “Activation Status” dropdown menu by clicking on it. For Windows 10 just check your activation status.
If your Windows product is linked to your Microsoft account, clicking on the activation status will display a message that says “Windows has been activated with a digital license etc”. If you don't see this message, you need to link your product key to your Microsoft account.