Windows 10: Activate Windows message coming up after hardware change - Can't find a solution

Discus and support Activate Windows message coming up after hardware change - Can't find a solution in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; My Windows 10 was correctly activated for about 3 years now. A few weeks back, I opened up my PC and swapped the network adapter. That's literally the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by TomBoyd2, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. TomBoyd2 Win User

    Activate Windows message coming up after hardware change - Can't find a solution


    My Windows 10 was correctly activated for about 3 years now. A few weeks back, I opened up my PC and swapped the network adapter. That's literally the only thing I changed. Now, I have the "Activate Windows - Go to Settings to activate Windows" message permanently on the bottom-right side of the screen.


    When I go to Settings, I see this error message:

    • We can't activate Windows on this device right now. You can try activating again later or go to the Store to buy genuine Windows. Error code: 0xC004F025

    The copy of Windows 10 I have is genuine; I'm looking at the code in my email address right now. When I click Troubleshoot, I get nothing useful. It just sends me to the Store.


    I've tried clicking Change Product Key and re-entering the product key I got when I bought WIndows 10, but I get this error:

    • The product key you entered didn't work. Check the product key and try again, or enter a different one. (0xc004f050)


    Any help would be appreciated.

    :)
     
    TomBoyd2, Aug 16, 2019
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  2. HAT
    hat Win User

    windows activation—hardware changed siginficantly

    From time to time on my thoroughbred PC, I get a Windows activation message that says my hardware changed siginificantly and I have to re-activate Windows. My hardware hasn't changed any more than a network card (went from a wireless g card to onboard lan to a wired network card), and the install is legit. Why is it doing this, and how can I stop it?
     
  3. Nikhar_K Win User
    Unable to activate Windows after hardware change

    Hi,

    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    Usually the error code 0xC004F213 comes when there is a hardware change done on the computer (like Motherboard or Hard drive). The Windows license is associated with the device hardware. If there is any significant hardware changes, such as replacing
    motherboard or hard drive, Windows won’t be able to recognize the license.

    I suggest you to try the troubleshooting steps from the article
    Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change
    and see if Windows gets activated.

    If you are using an OEM computer that came with Windows 7, and the motherboard has not been changed, then you can follow the steps to retrieve the product key that came with your OEM computer. To retrieve the product key follow the steps mentioned
    below:

    1. Type Command prompt in the search bar, that is on the taskbar.
    2. Right click on Command prompt icon and select Run as administrator.
    3. Type the command and press on Enter: wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey
    4. You will find the product key.

    Hope it helps.

    Please reply with the status of the issue, we will be glad to help you further.

    Nikhar Khare

    Microsoft Community - Moderator
     
    Nikhar_K, Aug 16, 2019
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  4. EliasSan Win User

    Activate Windows message coming up after hardware change - Can't find a solution

    Windows can´t activate after hardware change.

    Yesterday I made a major hardware change (I changed motherboard, processor, Ram, and CPU Cooler) and when I started My PC I realized that Windows 10 was not activated.
    Then I went into configuration, activation, troubleshooting and there I selected change hardware recently, even so, windows

    said it can not be done because the servers are not available.
    The same step I did yesterday and today. Solutions?

    ***Post moved by the moderator to the appropriate forum category.***
     
    EliasSan, Aug 16, 2019
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