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Discus and support Recently did a large hardware change, having difficulties activating Windows. Anything I... in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Apologies if this has been asked previously. I recently did a major hardware update to my PC, swapping out everything except the power supply and... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by AidanD1, Aug 14, 2019 at 1:38 AM.

  1. AidanD1 Win User

    Recently did a large hardware change, having difficulties activating Windows. Anything I...


    Apologies if this has been asked previously.


    I recently did a major hardware update to my PC, swapping out everything except the power supply and hard drive (the one with Windows on it). I know that changing the motherboard requires reactivating Windows, but none of the Microsoft tools seem to be working and when I go to reactive it I keep getting the message "We can’t reactivate Windows on this device. Try again later."

    I didn't even consider that this may be an issue, so I neglected to do the prep work beforehand.


    I have the disk I used to install Windows originally (though it's for 8.1), but I don't have a CD drive in this new build since the case didn't support one. What can I do to activate Windows without buying it again?


    Thanks,


    Aidan

    :)
     
  2. HAT
    hat Win User

    windows activation—hardware changed siginficantly

    From time to time on my thoroughbred PC, I get a Windows activation message that says my hardware changed siginificantly and I have to re-activate Windows. My hardware hasn't changed any more than a network card (went from a wireless g card to onboard lan to a wired network card), and the install is legit. Why is it doing this, and how can I stop it?
     
  3. Smitty3PM Win User
    Windows 10 Activation after hardware change

    • "You upgraded to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer, but Windows 10 isn't activated after a reinstall. Your copy of Windows 10 should automatically be activated so long as you didn't make any significant hardware changes to your device (such as replacing
      the hard drive or motherboard)."

    I just recently upgraded my motherboard, graphics card, and processor. Now my Windows 10 isnt activated anymore, and when i go through the steps to troubleshoot, it says the windows activation just says.



    Unable to activate Windows

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

    anyone have an answer to this please...
     
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    Michael Gall, Aug 14, 2019 at 1:41 AM
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