Windows 10: Activiation problems after a hardware change

Discus and support Activiation problems after a hardware change in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hi So I changed my motherboard etc on my desktop, and unfortunately forgot to generate a digital license. However now I have been struggling for weeks... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by ShaunSteenkamp, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. Activiation problems after a hardware change


    Hi

    So I changed my motherboard etc on my desktop, and unfortunately forgot to generate a digital license. However now I have been struggling for weeks to activate my old windows product key. I have tried using the virtual bot for help but it clearly doesn't know what the problem is I'm dealing with. I tried asking for any customer support email but it keeps giving me other results. I have tried logging a call to the help centre, which also did not work.


    I am unsatisfied with the struggle it has been to just reactivate my windows. Can anybody just tell how I can sort this out, please.

    Thanks

    :)
     
    ShaunSteenkamp, Sep 12, 2019
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  2. Sasqui Win User

    Overclocking / Undervolting guide for Vega 56 or 64?

    Here's a quick laundry list:

    List of software to use for overclocking and testing
    Examples:
    Wattman (and how to find and use it, like an overview, including profiles)
    Unigine Valley or Heaven (use this for quick testing while changing settings in Wattman and checking for stability / artifacts) ...just suggesting this
    How to monitor cores / mem speeds and temps during testing (I've seen screen overlays, and others using GPUz)

    Step-by step overclocking in Wattman
    Fan speeds
    Power limit
    Temp limit
    Voltages
    Core speeds
    Memory speeds
     
    Sasqui, Sep 12, 2019
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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 12, 2019
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  4. Activiation problems after a hardware change

    A problem with your hardware caused Windows to stop working correctly

    Hi,

    With regard to your query, we suggest that you run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter to determine if this issue is coming from a hardware. To run Hardware and Devices troubleshooter, please follow the steps below:

    • Press Windows key and search for Troubleshooting.
    • Click on Troubleshooting.
    • Select View all.
    • Click on Hardware and Devices
      and follow the on-screen wizard.
    • Once it's done, reboot the PC for the changes to take effect.

    Let us know the result.
     
    Rafael Com, Sep 12, 2019
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