Windows 10: Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware upgrade

Discus and support Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware upgrade in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I recently upgraded both my CPU and motherboard, and 'Activate Windows' watermark showed up I tried the troubleshooter but it doesnt seem to work I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Abdulla Al Khadouri, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware upgrade


    I recently upgraded both my CPU and motherboard, and 'Activate Windows' watermark showed up I tried the troubleshooter but it doesnt seem to work I also tried reenter the product key again and that also doesnt work. The troubleshooter doesnt show any error codes it just Unable to activate Windows, this is very frustrating please help


    Thanks.

    :)
     
    Abdulla Al Khadouri, Nov 11, 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, Nov 11, 2019
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  3. Reactivating Windows 10 after hardware upgrade

    I recently did some major hardware upgrades on my computer, including replacing the motherboard. A week before I did this I linked my digital license to my microsoft account so I could reactivate windows after the upgrade, following the steps on this page:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change

    After following the second set of steps I'm given this error:

    "We can’t find any devices linked to your Microsoft account that can be used for reactivating the device you’re using right now. Make sure you’re signed in with the same Microsoft account you linked to the Windows 10 digital license on this device or try
    again later."

    Clicking "See other devices" shows me nothing except:

    "We can’t reactivate Windows from these devices.



    If you're not seeing your current device, make sure you're signed in with the same Microsoft account you linked to the Windows 10 digital license on this device. "

    I'm signed in on this computer as an admin with my Microsoft account. Is there anything else I can try to reactivate Windows 10?
     
    AMonoceros, Nov 11, 2019
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  4. RyoTakagi Win User

    Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware upgrade

    Upgraded Hardware And Cannot Reactivate Windows 10

    Hello, you are able to reactivate your Windows 10 with an old activation key. To do this, follow the following article step by step.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/...

    Hope this helps, and let me know if you have further questions! Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware upgrade :)
     
    RyoTakagi, Nov 11, 2019
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