Windows 10: Reactivating Windows after a hardware change

Discus and support Reactivating Windows after a hardware change in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I originally purchased win7 and upgraded to win10 through the free program a couple of years ago. I recently upgraded the machine a bit (new... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Mike_613, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. Mike_613 Win User

    Reactivating Windows after a hardware change


    I originally purchased win7 and upgraded to win10 through the free program a couple of years ago. I recently upgraded the machine a bit (new motherboard), and was attempting to activate to no avail. The troubleshooter can see my linked account, but fails to re-activate. Is the license not able to reactivate since it was the free version? Or is there something else that could cause this? The error code received is 0xC004F213.

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    Mike_613, Jan 13, 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, Jan 13, 2019
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  3. Nikhar_K Win User
    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, Jan 13, 2019
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  4. timo0n Win User

    Reactivating Windows after a hardware change

    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, Jan 13, 2019
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