FaiKee added a topic in Microsoft Insider (Windows, Office previews)"Digital Licensing" - New Licensing System Introduced In Windows 10Yesterday I reported about a blog in win10china about the RMB12.99 win10 Pro purchase
The more interesting thing shown in the guy's chat with MS China Customer Support, the rep revealed a new licensing term and claimed it is a "totally new licensing system for win10", I don't know what MS would name it officially, translated from Chinese it is "Digital Licensing"
It seems that instead of issuing product keys, for win10 upgraded from win7/8.1, and win10's purchased from Store, or even the Insider's copies, MS will attach this digital license to the win10 and the device, and is unique to each device just like the Product key.
ATM little is known about this system, except that it is bundled to the device, and probably recorded in MS servers with the device HWID to identfy the win10 and device, and to verify activations.
Some guys had suggested that MS server only records the HWID to identify the device, this is probably not true, because the HWID is generated based on 8 items(since XP to win8.1, don't know if there is modifications for win10):
IDE adapter(**effectively the mobo)
Network adapter MAC address
RAM amount range (e.g. 0-512 MB)
Processor type and serial number(**if available)
Hard drive device and volume serial number
Optical drive (e.g. DVD-ROM)
Windows allows changes of 3 or less in these items before it asks for re-activation, but if you change just one(or more), the HWID changes as well, and there is no way for the new HWID to be compared to the MS server records.
So obviously this digital license is to identify the win10 and device, and enable it to compare with the records in MS server.
Hopefully we could see MS to reveal more informations on this new system.
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FaiKee added a topic in Microsoft (Windows) Discussion & SupportSeems MS Will Honor the Windows 10 Purchased From Store For RMB12.99(USD2)Earlier there was a bug in Win10 preview, where user could purchase a win10 Pro from Store for just $2, and this was removed later, however, some guys had made the purchase, and this is a interesting scenario posted in win10china:
Firstly, one thing to note is that, if you now purchase win10 thru Store, the license is bundled to the machine, I don't have this Store Purchase on my win10, so this is from win10china:(sorry, seems image insert does not work, the circle just kept rolling for over 3 minutes.)
And the Customer Support of MS China explained about "Digital Licensing", there won't be a product key supplied.
OK, then he found that the guy had purchased a win10 Pro license for RMB12.99 , and told the guy he should be able to use this license "normally", and could contact for Support within 30 days if there is any problem:
This is the Store Purchase for RMB 12.99, but I guess you have seen the one for USD 2.00.
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