Windows 10: Hardware change, activating windows. Help!

Discus and support Hardware change, activating windows. Help! in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hello everyone! So I successfully upgraded components of my computer. I have upgraded from Gigabyte AMD motherboard -to- ASRock z370 PRO 4 intel... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by iDevilsdocry, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Hardware change, activating windows. Help!


    Hello everyone!


    So I successfully upgraded components of my computer.


    I have upgraded from Gigabyte AMD motherboard -to- ASRock z370 PRO 4 intel motherboard

    I have upgraded from 250GB SSD -to- 500GB SSD

    I have upgraded from AMD FX-8350 -to- intel i5 8400 CPU


    Now I can't plug-in 250GB SSD in just yet because I have yet to format and remove previous motherboard drivers from it.


    I was wondering if its possible to transfer my Windows 10 copy (upgraded from windows 7 at launch) without having to purchase a new CD Key.


    Thanks in advance and feel free to ask any more questions.

    :)
     
    iDevilsdocry, Dec 6, 2018
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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. 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 6, 2018
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  4. NavyLCDR Win User

    Hardware change, activating windows. Help!

    Need Help Activating Windows 10 After Complete Hardware Change?


    Then what help were you looking for? The next to the last link above gave you step by step instructions on how to activate Windows after you change the motherboard.
     
    NavyLCDR, Dec 6, 2018
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