Windows 10: After upgrading my CPU/MOBO, Windows 10 is no longer activated and will not a find device...

Discus and support After upgrading my CPU/MOBO, Windows 10 is no longer activated and will not a find device... in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Alright so I was one of the many that upgraded from Windows 7 to 10 a few years ago and since that time I've reformatted after purchasing new SSDs and... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Oceansmack, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. After upgrading my CPU/MOBO, Windows 10 is no longer activated and will not a find device...


    Alright so I was one of the many that upgraded from Windows 7 to 10 a few years ago and since that time I've reformatted after purchasing new SSDs and such and each time I never had to add an activation number, it always activated after I logged in with my Microsoft account. However, after recently changing my motherboard and cpu, 3 days later it tells me my Windows is not activated. I've tried the troubleshooting options, I even called tech support and that wasn't very helpful. I have no clue where my license is and have never been prompted for it before. Basically I'm asking am I screwed or are the activation servers possibly down?


    Side note when I go thru the trouble shooting option and click 'I changed hardware on this device recently' it tells me it can't find a device to activate Windows, it still shows my old mobo/cpu device as well as the new one but won't find either while searching on Windows. It's just strange that I never had any issues before with changing hardware.

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    Oceansmack, Mar 21, 2020
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  2. rzn6jw Win User

    Activation after CPU and mobo upgrade

    I'm updating my wife's Home PC to a new CPU and mobo (old had only 4G DDR2 memory and was slower than molasses).

    This PC was originally Win 7 Home and I used the free upgrade facility to go to Win 10 Home. This PC is listed as one of my devices under my account at Microsoft.com.

    Am I going to have any problem activating the PC after the hardware upgrade, or is it as simple as updating and signing on the my Microsoft account?

    Thanks.
     
    rzn6jw, Mar 21, 2020
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  3. Changing my MOBO and CPU a

    I'm doing PC upgrades and changes entirely for my new mini-itx build.

    I'm not sure about how the process would work, but what are the appropriate steps I need to undertake before making my changes?

    • My personal data and files are backed up to my Onedrive, and have nothing to lose in terms of data.
    • I have an additional copy of Windows 10 (but would prefer not to use it in-case I do another PC build).
    • My MOBO and CPU upgrades are polar opposites of my current hardware:
      • OLD HARDWARE
        • Intel i5 6500
        • AsRock Killer MOBO
      • New Hardware
        • AMD Ryzen 7 2700x
        • Asus Strix X-470
    This is my first time doing a particular change so guiding steps would be greatly appreciated! Things like how to wipe my hard-drive and reinstall Windows, etc.
     
    Chris Anguiano, Mar 21, 2020
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  4. Amol S. Win User

    After upgrading my CPU/MOBO, Windows 10 is no longer activated and will not a find device...

    Changing my MOBO and CPU a

    You will have to buy windows license if you change the motherboard, unless you made the computer originally in the first place, or bought a license key.
     
    Amol S., Mar 21, 2020
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