Windows 10: Reactivating Windows after Hardware Change

Discus and support Reactivating Windows after Hardware Change in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I recently reinstalled Windows 10 onto my SSD (from my HDD) in order to speed up my computer. There are in fact no hardware changes, I simply have... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Nick Fernandes, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. Reactivating Windows after Hardware Change


    I recently reinstalled Windows 10 onto my SSD (from my HDD) in order to speed up my computer. There are in fact no hardware changes, I simply have Windows installed on a different drive. After having looked through the forums, I attempted to reactivate Windows using the following advice:


    Select the Start button, select Settings > Update & security > Activation, and then select Troubleshoot. You must be signed in as an administrator to use the troubleshooter.

    After using the troubleshooter and choosing the "I changed hardware on this device recently" option, it opens a new window where I get the following message:

    Unable to activate Windows

    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.


    Does anyone have any advice? I have attempted to contact Microsoft support but as I am currently in Spain (I do not speak Spanish) I am unable to speak with anyone over the phone.


    :)
     
    Nick Fernandes, Jan 21, 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 21, 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 21, 2019
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  4. timo0n Win User

    Reactivating Windows after 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 21, 2019
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