How to Ensure Your Windows 10 or 11 License is Registered to Your Microsoft Account

Ensuring that your Windows 10 or 11 license is properly registered to your Microsoft account is crucial for seamless activation and future upgrades. This process not only safeguards your digital license but also makes reactivating Windows easier if you ever need to reinstall the operating system. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you verify and register your Windows license with your Microsoft account.

Why Register Your Windows License to Your Microsoft Account?
  1. Ease of Reactivation: If you ever need to reinstall Windows or replace hardware, having your license tied to your Microsoft account simplifies the reactivation process.
  2. Security: Linking your license to your account ensures that only you can reactivate your Windows on your device.
  3. Convenience: Managing your licenses and devices becomes easier with everything accessible through your Microsoft account.
Steps to Register Your Windows License to Your Microsoft Account
  1. Sign in with Your Microsoft Account

    • Windows 10:

      1. Open the Start menu and select Settings.
      2. Go to Accounts and click on Your info.
      3. Click on Sign in with a Microsoft account instead and enter your Microsoft account credentials.
    • Windows 11:

      1. Open the Start menu and select Settings.
      2. Navigate to Accounts and then Your info.
      3. Click on Sign in with a Microsoft account instead and enter your Microsoft account credentials.
  2. Check Activation Status

    • Windows 10:

      1. Open the Start menu and select Settings.
      2. Go to Update & Security and then Activation.
      3. Ensure that the message under Windows says “Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account.”
    • Windows 11:

      1. Open the Start menu and select Settings.
      2. Go to System and then Activation.
      3. Ensure that the message under Activation state says “Active” and look for “Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account.”
  3. Link Your Microsoft Account (if not already linked)

    • If your Windows license is not linked to your Microsoft account, you may need to troubleshoot:
      1. In the Activation section, select Add an account.
      2. Sign in with your Microsoft account credentials.
      3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
  4. Verify Your Microsoft Account Online

    • Visit the Microsoft Account Devices page.
    • Sign in with your Microsoft account credentials.
    • Ensure that your device is listed and that the operating system is correctly displayed.
Troubleshooting
  • Activation Errors: If you encounter activation errors, run the Activation Troubleshooter:

    • Windows 10: Go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation > Troubleshoot.
    • Windows 11: Go to Settings > System > Activation > Troubleshoot.
  • Multiple Devices: If you have multiple devices, ensure that each device is listed under your Microsoft account and properly linked to its respective license.

  • Hardware Changes: Significant hardware changes (like replacing the motherboard) may require you to reactivate Windows. Having your license linked to your Microsoft account simplifies this process.

Microsoft Account Devices

Conclusion

Registering your Windows 10 or 11 license to your Microsoft account is a straightforward process that offers numerous benefits. By following these steps, you can ensure that your digital license is secure, making future activations hassle-free. Regularly check your Microsoft account to verify that all your devices and licenses are correctly registered, providing peace of mind and streamlined management of your digital assets.