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Discus and support Activity Windows 10 afrter having new motherboard fitted in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hi just had a new motherboard fitted to my laptop and now it is asking me to Activate Windows. My Windows 10 was a free upgrade from Windows 7 and in... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by wendyhildyard, Jun 30, 2020 at 3:27 PM.

  1. Activity Windows 10 afrter having new motherboard fitted


    Hi just had a new motherboard fitted to my laptop and now it is asking me to Activate Windows. My Windows 10 was a free upgrade from Windows 7 and in settings it is showing the Product ID but only the last five digits of the Product Key so how can I get it reactivated please

    :)
     
    wendyhildyard, Jun 30, 2020 at 3:27 PM
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  2. Rose Cal Win User

    Windows 10: Fitting a new motherboard and CPU

    Hi,

    Yes, you may change your Motherboard and CPU without a problem. To resolve your issue in case you encounter a problem, we suggest that you follow the steps in this

    article
    which you can expand Activating Windows 10 after a hardware configuration change
    and you can use an Activation troubleshooter if you get activation errors. The given link is previously provided by
    'Mike P.

    Let us know if you need further assistance.
     
  3. Windows 10 activation with new motherboard


    I've tried contacting Microsoft support by both chat (twice) and phone, and none of it was helpful. And so I'm posting the problem here.

    I have a laptop that was originally running Windows 7. I upgraded to Windows 10 last month via the free upgrade option, and things were working fine for a while. However, a motherboard issue forced me to replace the motherboard yesterday. This also required me to move the old hard drive and CPU to the new motherboard.

    Now, my problem is this: while I do still have Windows 10 installed on my device, it is an evaluation copy; it is not activated as the full product. Some research told me that the free W10 upgrade is linked to the device's hardware, something I didn't know. Since I'm using a different motherboard now, Microsoft apparently doesn't recognize that I DO own a full version of W10 courtesy of the free upgrade.

    So now I'm wondering whether there is a way to transfer my W10 license to the new motherboard so it will activate. And before you ask/suggest anything:
    • My original sticker on the bottom of my computer with the W7 license key on it fell off a long time ago. So no, I don't have that.
    • I tried contacting Dell to get my original product key, and they refused to help me because I'm out of warranty, even though what I'm asking them for is very simple.

    Any help is appreciated.
     
  4. mshimala Win User

    Activity Windows 10 afrter having new motherboard fitted

    Windows saying not activated after motherboard upgrade

    Hi,

    I recently upgraded some PC parts (new motherboard, RAM, processor, video card) and ever since then I have a watermark in the bottom right of my display reading "Activate Windows - Go to Settings to activate Windows."

    I took advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 back when they were allowing Windows 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10. I don't remember receiving an activation key during this upgrade.

    I've read online that installing a new motherboard can occasionally cause issues with OS activation. How can I reactivate my Windows without having to purchase Windows 10.

    Some things to note:
    • This watermark was not there prior to installing the new motherboard
    • As some places (and a Microsoft Tech Support member) suggested, typing the query "wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey" into CMD just returns with "OA3xOriginalProductKey". The Microsoft Support member seemed confused by this and said there was nothing further she could do.

    Thanks!
     
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