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[–]danskeman 1 point2 points  (3 children)

That's how it works now. You have a digital licence based on your mobo hardware id which was registered with MS first time you activated with windows 10. Look in activations n menu - it will say activated with a digital licence.

[–]flying_scrunt[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Thanks for the response. I appreciate it!

[–]jchaven 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Like @danskeman said it's tied to the hardware when first activated. However, you can transfer the license to a MS account. This is useful if you want to move your W10 to different hardware. Caveat this is meant to get around a mobo upgrade - it is not meant to circumvent MS licensing. I used this feature to move my HDD from a laptop with a failing mobo to another of the same make and model.

[–]thejynxed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not only that, but if you experience catastrophic hardware failure of any sort or just decide to do a new system build, your license transfer is still easily accomplished by a call to Microsoft after install even if it doesn't automatically activate, as your unique key is also kept and digitally signed on their end. Win10 Pro comes with 1000 activations.

To be precise - they will ask you to recite your key, they will check it against their activation and telemetry database and then manually activate your system for you. I did this myself already.