Windows Digital license or Windows 10 digital activation if I say in more specific, is a term that we can see when we are going to activate Windows 10.
There are plenty of benefits you can get by properly activating Windows 10 rather than by just using it without an activation. Activating Windows 10 will allow the user to have more personalization options and better security.
To activate Windows 10, there are two (2) methods: one is Product key activation, and the other one is Digital activation. Which is explained in this article.
Questions? No worries cause this got you covered!
What is Windows 10 Digital License?
As mentioned above, Windows 10 digital activation (Digital license) is a method of activating Windows 10. Like the Product key activation.
In Windows 8.1 and 7, there was only one way to activate them and that is to use a product key. But, in Windows 10, you can activate it without the use of a product key (one of the reasons why it is called the Digital Activation).
Most of the time, it doesn’t contain any key. You can buy the license online, and after you purchase it, it will activate you computer automatically.
The most important thing you need to know is that the windows 10 digital activation or the product key activation purchase will be associated with your computer’s motherboard once it’s activated.
Therefore, if you make a significant hardware change, you will have to reactivate Windows 10 manually in accordance to the activation method you followed.
How do I know what Windows 10 license I have?
If your Windows 10 copy is already activated and you want to check whether it’s a digital activation a Product key activation, just click the button below or go to:
In there you will see the activation status of your Windows 10 computer (see the image above). Now check which one among these appeared there.
|Activation Status||Its Meaning|
|Windows is activated||Your windows is activated with the use of a product key, but a Microsoft account is not linked|
|Windows is activated with a digital license||Your Windows is activated with the use of a digital license. Microsoft account is not linked to the digital license|
|Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account||Your windows is activated with the use of a digital license. Microsoft account is linked to the digital license|
But if it’s something like this, then your windows 10 PC is not activated properly. Therefore you are using a non-genuine copy of Windows 10 in your computer.
Keep in mind that using a non-genuine copy of Windows 10 is violating Microsoft’s license agreement. For more information, read Microsoft’s software license terms: Windows operating systems
If you do not want to read the entire document, go and see the section you want to read from here: Benefits of activating Windows 10
Difference Between Windows 10 Digital Activation and Product Key Activation
There are two(2) things that make Windows 10 digital activation different from product key activation;
- How you purchased the Windows 10 license.
- How you can reactivate Windows 10 after a hardware change.
1. The way you Purchase/Upgrade Windows 10 License will determine whether you get Windows 10 Digital license
The way you purchasing/upgrading Windows 10 license/activation will determine whether you are getting Windows 10 digital activation or Windows 10 product key activation.
If you purchase windows 10 from:
- Microsoft Store App
- A seller who sells digital copies (keys)
- Upgrading your genuinely activated Windows 7 or 8.1 copy to Windows 10 for free.
- Being a Windows Insider and upgrading to the newest Windows 10 Insider Preview build on an eligible device that was running an activated earlier version of Windows and Windows 10 Preview.
- Upgrade your Windows 10 Home to pro from the Microsoft Store app.
Then you will get Windows 10 digital license activation for you Windows copy.
How to Reactivate Windows 10 After a Hardware Change.
The second thing that makes Windows 10 digital activation different from product key activation is the method you should follow to reactivate Windows 10 once you change your computer’s motherboard.
As I said earlier, once activated Windows 10, your license will be associated with your computer’s motherboard. Therefore it will automatically reactivate even after you reinstall Windows 10 on the same computer
But when you have to change your computer’s motherboard or send your computer to a repair shop, If your motherboard removed, your windows 10 activation will be revoked because of the motherboard replacement.
if such a thing happens, you have to reactivate Windows 10 once again manually. So the method you should follow to reactivate Windows 10 will be depend on the activation you had (digital license activation/product key activation)
You can see how to do that at the end of this article.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Windows 10 Digital license activation
The biggest advantage of Windows 10 digital activation is that you can purchase it for a lower price compared to a box of Windows 10 copy.
There are Windows 10 digital license keys that are as cheap as $15, which you will never be able to see in a local store or from the Microsoft Official Website.
One of the possible reasons behind its low price is that some sellers sell Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) keys – which is not actually an illegal way to purchase and activate Windows 10.
Once you activate Windows 10 with one of those OEM keys, you can get a digital entitlement for your copy of Windows 10 right away. And again, this is the cheapest possible way to activate Windows 10 today.
There is no remarkable disadvantage when it comes to the Windows 10 digital activation. The thing you need to know and to remember is that you must add a Microsoft account with your digital license; otherwise, you won’t be able to reactivate Windows 10 after a significant hardware (motherboard) change.
Reactivate Windows 10 Digital license After a Motherboard Change
If you are lookin to get a digital license, it is insanely important to know how to reactivate in the event of a hardware change to save your money from spending to buy another license.
So if you don’t know how to add a Microsoft account to your computer, click on the link here. Because your Microsoft account will be the key to reactivate your computer after a significant hardware change.
After adding a Microsoft account, from the link above you can also know what you need to do to reactivate Windows 10.