Windows 10: Activating windows after major hardware change. I dont have key linked anywhere or on paper!

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  1. YcHannes Win User

    Activating windows after major hardware change. I dont have key linked anywhere or on paper!


    How can i reactivate my windows 10 pro after i upgraded my pcs motherboard ecs.

    Troubelshooting did not help!


    I have tryed almost everything. any sugestions how to fix it?

    :)
     
    YcHannes, Sep 24, 2020
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  2. Activation after reinstall with major hardware change not possible

    Hi,

    I did a major hardware change on my desktop pc (Motherboard, Ram, CPU, SSD). During this I did also do a clean install of Win 10 Pro.

    As many Internet Sites suggested I did an slmgr /upk on my old installation before the reinstallation.

    I did enter my product key during the installation. But now it is not possible to activate my windows installation.

    In the activation troubleshooter when I click "I did change hardware" only my old installation is listed (different hostname). I am using the same microsoft account for login as on the old installation.

    Due to my work times its hard to get in touch with the phone support during bussiness hours.

    I hope you can help me.

    Alexander Rabenstein
     
    AlexanderRabenstein, Sep 24, 2020
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  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, Sep 24, 2020
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  4. Activating windows after major hardware change. I dont have key linked anywhere or on paper!

    Michael Gall, Sep 24, 2020
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