Windows 10: Cannot Activate Windows 10 At All After Hardware Change

Discus and support Cannot Activate Windows 10 At All After Hardware Change in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hello, I upgraded my desktop last night and replaced the Motherboard, CPU and RAM, on boot today, Windows is telling me that it needs to be... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Jamie Lessels, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Cannot Activate Windows 10 At All After Hardware Change


    Hello,


    I upgraded my desktop last night and replaced the Motherboard, CPU and RAM, on boot today, Windows is telling me that it needs to be activated, I assume because of the hardware change. However, I cannot activate Windows in any way. My version of Windows 10 is a retail copy of Windows 7, upgraded to 10 via the free upgrade. My computer shows up on my Microsoft account with the same name but when I troubleshoot activation, it tells me there is no registered copy of Windows, I cannot find the box for the copy of Windows 7 as I bought it 5-7 years ago now. I tried using a key retriever program to fish out the key in case I could activate it that way but the program seems to only give a generic activation code and the activation process won't accept it.


    I've tried following all of Microsoft's own support articles and other users recommendations using the CMD as admin etc but to no avail. Can someone please help? I really don't want to revert back to the old hardware just to tick a box or something and re-upgrade it just so windows works correctly with the new parts.


    Cheers.

    :)
     
    Jamie Lessels, Feb 11, 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, Feb 11, 2019
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  4. Cannot Activate Windows 10 At All After Hardware Change

    Activation problems after hardware changes and reinstallations.

    Hi Meli,

    Thank you for posting the query on Microsoft Community.

    I do appreciate your efforts and time.

    Was Windows 10 activated before re-installing it?

    Along with the suggestions provided by Greg, you can also refer the steps below.



    The only hardware changes that can negatively impact activation status once you upgrade to free version are the changes to the:

    • CPU
    • TPM
    • Motherboard replacement
    The following changes are examples of hardware changes that will NOT impact the activation status:

    • HDD/SSD
    • Video card
    • Adding extra memory
    If you replace the CPU, TPM, or Motherboard you may have to re-activate but this will not require a purchase of Windows 10.

    Why can't I activate Windows 10?:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/why-activate-windows-10

    Get help with Windows 10 activation errors:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/activation-errors-windows-10

    Can I clean re-install Windows 10 after upgrading?

    Can I clean re-install Windows 10 after upgrading?

    Hope this helps in resolving the issue. If the issue persists, do get back to us. We will be happy to assist you.
     
    Kalpana Shankarappa, Feb 11, 2019
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