Windows 10: Reactivating Windows 10 Pro after hardware change (motherboard, CPU, RAM)

Discus and support Reactivating Windows 10 Pro after hardware change (motherboard, CPU, RAM) in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; The first thing I did before I change my setup was I linked my microsoft account to windows 10 so that I could have my activation connect to my... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by videogamergod22, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. Reactivating Windows 10 Pro after hardware change (motherboard, CPU, RAM)


    The first thing I did before I change my setup was I linked my microsoft account to windows 10 so that I could have my activation connect to my microsoft account. Today, I try to reactivate windows with the windows 10 settings activation troubleshooter and I said that it is unable to activate windows, then I pressed the I changed hardware on this device recently button. Then I found the device that was listed (same one). I check this is my device that I am using right now and activate button and it said "We can’t reactivate Windows on this device. Try again later".


    I changed my motherboard, CPU and RAM. I am still using the same hard drives. I was wondering if there is something I can do without having to buy another windows 10 activation key.

    :)
     
    videogamergod22, Sep 7, 2018
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  2. 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, Sep 7, 2018
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  3. Motherboard change unable to reactivate Windows 10 Pro -


    I have searched this topic and everything seems to be almost a year old. This is a homebuilt machine circa 2015. It started with an ASUS FM2+ motherboard with an AMD A5600K processor. It was Windows 7 Pro, upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro then to Windows 10 Pro.
    Saturday the motherboard died. An exact replacement could not be located so a Gigabyte card was installed. No changes to the hard drives. Booted the machine and Windows automatically started and then did a "revert" then installed the latest updates. C Drive was in the red so I deleted all of the old install files using Windows Clean-up. Went to reactivate, checked the significant hardware change and entered my MS account information - The computer (none of my computers) were listed and now it is telling me that I have to spend $200 to buy a copy of Windows 10 Pro.
    Have not yet called Customer Support as the computer is at home and I work during the day -
    I do have a disk image or two that may be a year old -

    Suggestions - should I just shell out the $200 and move on

    TIA
     
    Mickey53usa, Sep 7, 2018
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    Reactivating Windows 10 Pro after hardware change (motherboard, CPU, RAM)

    Motherboard change unable to reactivate Windows 10 Pro -


    Activate using windows 7 pro key.
     
    cereberus, Sep 7, 2018
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