Windows 10: Hardware change effects on Windows 10

Discus and support Hardware change effects on Windows 10 in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hi all, I am looking to replace my motherboard and CPU soon and I have heard that changing hardware, particularly the motherboard, can affect your... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Richolse, May 17, 2020.

  1. Richolse Win User

    Hardware change effects on Windows 10


    Hi all,


    I am looking to replace my motherboard and CPU soon and I have heard that changing hardware, particularly the motherboard, can affect your windows installation.


    I started with Windows XP years ago and brought a windows XP to Windows 8.1 upgrade CD and then later got the free upgrade to windows 10. Since I do not have a Windows 10 cd or activation key, and my Windows 8.1 was only an upgrade I wanted to make sure before I messed with anything.


    Will changing my motherboard and CPU require me to buy a new windows 10 installation or can I get my current installation to work with new hardware?


    Thanks for the help,


    Rich.

    :)
     
    Richolse, May 17, 2020
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    Hi,

    Before we assist you let us know few details,


          • Did you made any changes to your computer prior to the issue?

          • Have you created any system restore point on your computer?

    As initial troubleshooting steps I suggest you to install the latest windows 10 updates, please follow the steps to install all the windows updates.

    If you want to check for the update now, select the Start button, then select
    Settings > Update & security >
    Windows Update > Check for updates.

    We suggest you to try changing the visual effect setting. To Change your Visual Effects Settings in Advanced System Settings refer the below steps,


    • Press Windows logo key+ X

    • Click on Control panel

    • Select System and Security

    • Click on System

    • And select System protection

    • Select Advanced tab and click on
      Settings


    • Now select the option Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer
      option.

    And check if this helps to resolve the issue.

    Hope this information helps with best visual effect on your device.

    Thank you.
     
    Krishna Priya V, May 17, 2020
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  3. Ahhzz Win User
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    Pressing “Windows+Pause Break” (it’s up there next to scroll lock) opens the “System” Window.

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    Ahhzz, May 17, 2020
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  4. Nikhar_K Win User

    Hardware change effects on Windows 10

    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, May 17, 2020
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