Windows 10: Reactivating Windows (digital license) after major hardware change

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    Reactivating Windows (digital license) after major hardware change


    Will I be able to reactivate Windows 10 (that I got through upgrading Win 8) if I change most of my laptop hardware - motherboard, CPU, etc (I had liquid damage). Essentially I'd change out most of my hardware through a used donor laptop of same model.

    I had connected my digital Windows license to my Microsoft account, but I can't obtain the product key since it was upgraded from Win 8.

    :)
     
    PerryM1, Oct 7, 2019
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  2. Uninstall (delete, remove) the Windows 10 digital license from old hardware, after reactivating it on new (similar) hardware, after hardware change

    Hi,

    I recently was able to reactivate my Windows 10 digital license on new (only on similar, same type laptop to laptop) hardware, by linking my Microsoft account. I followed the steps mentoned in

    Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change
    .

    I find that the old hardware, still has an activated digital license of Windows.

    I need to uninstall the digital license from the old hardware, in such a way that it will not activate, on its own, and will not invalidate the digital license on my new hardware, at all.

    Please advice me, as I would like to transfer my digital license to my new hardware, completely, and permanently. I require my old hardware to not be having the digital license, at all, and the digital license to be completely deleted from it.
     
    Vikram S Ramani, Oct 7, 2019
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  3. Can't reactivate a digital windows linsence after a hardware change

    What I find frustrating is that the 2nd link from Microsoft directly contradicts itself.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change

    First it says: When installing Windows 10, the digital license associates itself with your device's hardware. So, if you make significant changes, such as replacing your motherboard, Windows will no longer find a license that matches
    your computer.

    Then halfway down it says: If you previously linked your Microsoft account to your digital license, you can use the Activation troubleshooter to help reactivate
    Windows after a significant hardware change.

    I linked my Microsoft account with my digital license a year ago when I built my PC cause I had issues with the ports on my old motherboard and knew I would be swapping
    it out at some point. I wanted to take the necessary steps before doing so.
     
    Adreatheon, Oct 7, 2019
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  4. Reactivating Windows (digital license) after major hardware change

    reactivate windows 10 digital license

    Trying to reactivate windows 10 digital license after hardware change and it keeps 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. "

    I linked the account to the digital license before hardware changes.

    I checked windows license before change and it said it was retail version.

    Is there a reason it keeps saying the servers are busy? I can still log into my account.
     
    homeless195, Oct 7, 2019
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