Windows 10: Change hardware activation not working

Discus and support Change hardware activation not working in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; The service appears to be offline, it will not connect when I use the Windows Activation troubleshooter and select I changed hardware on this device... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Andertron, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. Andertron Win User

    Change hardware activation not working


    The service appears to be offline, it will not connect when I use the Windows Activation troubleshooter and select I changed hardware on this device recently.


    "We can't reactivate Windows as our servers aren't available right now. Wait for a few minutes or try adding your Microsoft account again. "


    Is the service down for maintenance?

    :)
     
    Andertron, Dec 7, 2018
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  2. 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, Dec 7, 2018
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  3. Problem re-activating windows after hardware change

    I recently changed my PC motherboard & cpu and i need to re-activate windows. Going through the steps in windows and using the troubleshooter > "I recently changed my hardware" > selecting my PC from list of devices, it never works. Error code 0xC004C003.
    I bought a windows 10 OEM key and have seen generally you just need to call support to re-activate but none of the phone numbers they give me work (UK). Any advice or people I can contact is appreciated.

    Thanks
     
    cameron7SC, Dec 7, 2018
    #3
  4. Sher Amo Win User

    Change hardware activation not working

    Can't activate after hardware change

    Hi Sullivan,

    In Windows 10 (Version 1607 or later), you can link your Microsoft account to the Windows 10 digital license on your device. This can help you reactivate Windows using the Activation troubleshooter if you make a significant hardware
    change later, such as replacing the motherboard. To assist you with your concern, we suggest that you follow the steps provided on this
    link. The link contains all the necessary information on how to reactive Windows 10 after a hardware
    change.

    Let us know if you need further assistance.
     
    Sher Amo, Dec 7, 2018
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