Windows 10: I can't reactivate windows after a hardware change

Discus and support I can't reactivate windows after a hardware change in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I recently upgraded my cpu, ram, psu, and motherboard and I am trying to reactivate windows. I tried to troubleshoot it and then selecting the computer... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Griffin Cloney, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. I can't reactivate windows after a hardware change


    I recently upgraded my cpu, ram, psu, and motherboard and I am trying to reactivate windows. I tried to troubleshoot it and then selecting the computer and activating it. It just says there is an error and that I should buy a code from the windows store. It says "We can't reactivate windows on this device. Try again later"


    I'm signed into my microsoft account so I don't know why it is doing this.

    :)
     
    Griffin Cloney, Dec 30, 2018
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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, Dec 30, 2018
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  3. timo0n Win User
    Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change

    Before changing my MB and CPU I thoroughly read an article on how to reactivate Windows 10 after hardware change. I connected my activated Windows 10 that I bought from a retailer (so it's not a free upgrade) to a Microsoft account, changed hardware, went
    to settings-account-troubleshooting and was surprised buy it saying "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.". It's been more than couple of hours
    since I tried it for the first time and I don't really believe that Microsoft servers can have that much downtime. So what is my next step now?
     
    timo0n, Dec 30, 2018
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  4. I can't reactivate windows after a hardware change

    win 10 motherboard change, reactivating windows

    Hi Famie,

    If you are planning to change your motherboard, you will still be able to activate your Windows 10. In Windows 10 version 1607, there is a feature that you can link your Microsoft account to 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.

    That being said, we suggest that you follow the steps given on this article
    to reactivate your Windows 10 after a hardware change.

    Let us know if you need further assistance.

    If you think this was useful, do not hesitate to "mark it as an answer" to help those are facing the same problem.
     
    Janeane Cru, Dec 30, 2018
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