Windows 10: Reinstalled Windows 10 on same computer/ no hardware changes and I can't activate

Discus and support Reinstalled Windows 10 on same computer/ no hardware changes and I can't activate in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I installed a clean copy of windows 10 on my homemade computer. But as it was going through its updates I had a problem and had to reinstall the OS.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Scoobydoobydoobydoobydo, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. Reinstalled Windows 10 on same computer/ no hardware changes and I can't activate


    I installed a clean copy of windows 10 on my homemade computer. But as it was going through its updates I had a problem and had to reinstall the OS. Now the activation key doesn't work and troubleshooting is no use either

    :)
     
    Scoobydoobydoobydoobydo, Nov 9, 2018
    #1

  2. Activation problems after hardware changes and reinstallations.

    Hi Meli,

    Thank you for posting the query on Microsoft Community.

    I do appreciate your efforts and time.

    Was Windows 10 activated before re-installing it?

    Along with the suggestions provided by Greg, you can also refer the steps below.



    The only hardware changes that can negatively impact activation status once you upgrade to free version are the changes to the:

    • CPU
    • TPM
    • Motherboard replacement
    The following changes are examples of hardware changes that will NOT impact the activation status:

    • HDD/SSD
    • Video card
    • Adding extra memory
    If you replace the CPU, TPM, or Motherboard you may have to re-activate but this will not require a purchase of Windows 10.

    Why can't I activate Windows 10?:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/why-activate-windows-10

    Get help with Windows 10 activation errors:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/activation-errors-windows-10

    Can I clean re-install Windows 10 after upgrading?

    Can I clean re-install Windows 10 after upgrading?

    Hope this helps in resolving the issue. If the issue persists, do get back to us. We will be happy to assist you.
     
    Kalpana Shankarappa, Nov 9, 2018
    #2
  3. Windows can´t activate after hardware change.

    Hi Elias,

    When you make important hardware changes such as replacing the motherboard or hard drive, Windows 10
    is unable to identify your computer correctly. As a result, the operating system won't activate.

    To help you resolve your concern, add your Microsoft account and link it to the digital license. You may refer to the steps provided on this

    link
    . The link has steps on how to add your Microsoft account and use the Activation troubleshooter.

    Should you need further assistance, don't hesitate to let us know.
     
    Raymond Ave, Nov 9, 2018
    #3
  4. Reinstalled Windows 10 on same computer/ no hardware changes and I can't activate

    How to reinstall Windows 10 if my computers used the free upgrade from 7 and 8?

    Will windows 10 still accept the license keys from 7 and 8 now if I reinstall my computer?

    Does Microsoft keep a list of users who upgraded to Win 10 using their 7 and 8 keys so that when users need to reinstall windows 10 the old keys would work?

    Do I need to call in Microsoft to ask them to activate my Windows 10 when I give them my win 7 keys?

    Both computers are laptops. The windows 7 machine had the serial printed on the back, and I needed to enter that when I upgraded to 10. The windows 8 machine had the serial built in inside its boot system so I didn't need to enter the key when I upgraded to 10, but I did manage to write down the keys using a fetcher program.
     
    JebusPrime, Nov 9, 2018
    #4
Thema:

Reinstalled Windows 10 on same computer/ no hardware changes and I can't activate

Loading...
  1. Reinstalled Windows 10 on same computer/ no hardware changes and I can't activate - Similar Threads - Reinstalled same computer

  2. Computer keeps reinstalling to the same screen after reinstalling Windows 10

    in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade
    Computer keeps reinstalling to the same screen after reinstalling Windows 10: I did a clean install on my laptop by going into advanced startup and choosing one of the options to remove everything from the drive. When it finished it brought me to a Hi There screen that asked for my country, language, and time zone. When I click next it says there's a...
  3. Can't activate Windows after hardware change

    in Windows 10 Updates and Activation
    Can't activate Windows after hardware change: I recently changed hardware in my pc and windows isn't activated anymore. I went through the troubleshooter and the windows support site, but nothing has fixed it. The error 0xC004F211 doesn't go away. I have a digital license key, so I cannot use a product key to reactivate....
  4. Hardware changes and windows activation

    in Windows 10 Updates and Activation
    Hardware changes and windows activation: I recently changed a lot of hardware to my computer including the motherboard. There is a watermark in the lower right hand corner saying to Activate Windows. So I went to the activation in settings and used the trouble shooter. I clicked the link on the troubleshooter that...
  5. Can't re-activate windows after hardware change.

    in Windows 10 Updates and Activation
    Can't re-activate windows after hardware change.: I have recently changed my CPU and GPU and i'm being told i need to reactivate windows but when i enter my product key it tells me it is invalid....
  6. Can't activate win10 after hardware change.

    in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade
    Can't activate win10 after hardware change.: I've changed my motherboard a few days ago, and i couldn't activate Windows afterwards because it turned out because i upgraded to win10 from a win7 when it was available for free, and i have to make preparations before i change my hardware if i want to keep my OS activated....
  7. Windows 10 can't activate after hardware change

    in Windows 10 Updates and Activation
    Windows 10 can't activate after hardware change: So i changed my motherboard, ram, CPU and i linked my windows key to my Microsoft account before changing. Now after changing Windows says that its not activated so i click troubleshoot then click i changed hardware then tick the device i'm using and click activate and after...
  8. Can't Activate Windows 10 After a Hardware Change

    in Windows 10 Updates and Activation
    Can't Activate Windows 10 After a Hardware Change: I recently changed out my motherboard and CPU, and actually everything except the graphics card and hard drive. While the upgrade fixed many of my issues, I have a new one: Windows 10 will not activate on my new setup. I went through the troubleshooter, and clicked on "I...
  9. windows 10 hardware change activation

    in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade
    windows 10 hardware change activation: I have recently changed my motherboard and processor and windows detects it as another computer (understandable), but when I run the trouble-shooter and select "I have recently made a hardware change" and select my computer, it says that it cannot be re activated and to...
  10. Hardware changes and activation

    in Windows 10 Updates and Activation
    Hardware changes and activation: In my experience over many years of monkeying about with pc hardware, I have never had problems activating genuine copies of Windows. Changing cpu's, hdd's ram and graphics cards have never bothered Microsoft. Back in the XP days, I also changed motherboards with OEM software...