Windows 10: Reactivating Windows 10 Pro after hardware change

Discus and support Reactivating Windows 10 Pro after hardware change in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I upgraded my hardware just today. Changed pretty much all of it, new motherboard, CPU etc. and now my Windows isn't activated anymore. I get the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Brigmo82, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. Brigmo82 Win User

    Reactivating Windows 10 Pro after hardware change


    I upgraded my hardware just today.


    Changed pretty much all of it, new motherboard, CPU etc. and now my Windows isn't activated anymore. I get the 0xC004F211 error code.


    Troubleshooting doesn't help, coming up with "We weren't able to activate Windows on this device." message.


    Pressing I recently changed hardware on this device leads me to "Reactivate Windows 10" page, where I select my PC (the only one displaying on the list) and press Activate button.


    This leads me "Unable to activate Windows" page.


    We can’t reactivate Windows on this device. Try again later.


    I did the free upgrade, when it was available.


    I'm pretty sure that I have Windows 7 Pro key somewhere if that helps? Pretty sure I can find, not 100%.

    All I know my Windows has been "Activated" for years.

    :)
     
    Brigmo82, Dec 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, Dec 11, 2019
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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, Dec 11, 2019
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  4. Reactivating Windows 10 Pro after hardware change

    Windows 10 pro won't activate after a hardware change.

    Hi legs0fsteel,

    You might want to check these suggested steps in Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change.

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

    Please let me know if this helped you solve your current issue.

    Thanks and regards,
     
    RichardGuerzon, Dec 11, 2019
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