Windows 10: Cannot reactivate Windows after hardware change

Discus and support Cannot reactivate Windows after hardware change in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hello, After making sure I have a retail key for Windows on this computer and linking it to my Microsoft account I went and swapped out my... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by APieterG, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. APieterG Win User

    Cannot reactivate Windows after hardware change


    Hello,


    After making sure I have a retail key for Windows on this computer and linking it to my Microsoft account I went and swapped out my motherboard/cpu/ram yesterday.

    Now Windows is bugging me to activate it, I went through the troubleshooter, clicked "I changed my hardware" and after a few seconds I get a screen with the message "Windows can not be activated, we cannot activate Windows again on this machine, please try again later." (paraphrased, I am using Windows in a different language).


    For extra information: the original Windows key was for Windows 7 and I upgraded it to 10 with the free upgrade at the time.


    Anyone has a solution for this? The "Activate Windows" message in the bottom right bugs me quite a bit and after checking everything I was sure this would go smoothly (and am of course a bit cross it's a hassle once again).


    Thank you in advance,

    :)
     
    APieterG, Aug 14, 2019
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  2. Rose Cal Win User

    Windows 10 reactivation on hardware changes

    Hi Florea,

    It is possible that Windows won't be able to identify your computer correctly that is why the operating system is not activated. To address your issue, we suggest that you follow the steps in this
    article on how to reactivate your Windows 10 after a hardware change.

    Let us know if you need further assistance.
     
    Rose Cal, Aug 14, 2019
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  3. Jack_924 Win User
    Windows 10 won't reactivate after a hardware change

    I changed a lot of the hardware on my device recently, however I followed the steps on the Microsoft support page to get my computer ready for the hardware change so that I could reactivate Windows 10 after I changed the hardware. However, now it won't reactivate,
    and has the error code 0xC004F025, and when I try to troubleshoot it says "We can't reactivate Windows on this device. Try again later."

    My Windows 10 was a free upgrade from Windows 7.
     
    Jack_924, Aug 14, 2019
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  4. Cannot reactivate Windows after hardware change

    Windows 10 won't reactivate after a hardware change

    I changed a lot of the hardware on my device recently, however I followed the steps on the Microsoft support page to get my computer ready for the hardware change so that I could reactivate Windows 10 after I changed the hardware. However, now it
    won't reactivate, and has the error code 0xC004F213, and when I try to troubleshoot it says "We can't reactivate Windows on this device. Try again later."Try again lateTry again lateTry again late but not reactivate till now my Microsoft
    accont also correct.
     
    mahijitsingh and i want to activate my windiw, Aug 14, 2019
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