Windows 10: Reactivating Windows 10 After Significant Hardware Change

Discus and support Reactivating Windows 10 After Significant Hardware Change in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I recently upgraded my PC but now Windows doesn't recognise it and thinks I'm cheating it. I used to Troubleshooter and it did nothing, so I clicked... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Jack NichollasBaxter, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Reactivating Windows 10 After Significant Hardware Change


    I recently upgraded my PC but now Windows doesn't recognise it and thinks I'm cheating it.

    I used to Troubleshooter and it did nothing, so I clicked the hardware change link which took me another window where I could choose my device. It was right there, right device name and all. Click on it to activate and am told "We can't activate Windows on this device. Try again later."


    Do I just have to try again tomorrow or is there something else I can do? Thanks!

    :)
     
    Jack NichollasBaxter, Jun 19, 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, Jun 19, 2019
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  3. 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, Jun 19, 2019
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  4. Nikhar_K Win User

    Reactivating Windows 10 After Significant Hardware Change

    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, Jun 19, 2019
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