Windows 10: Reinstalled windows + changed motherboard ram cpu gpu, no longer have activation key

Discus and support Reinstalled windows + changed motherboard ram cpu gpu, no longer have activation key in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hi, i recently upgraded my pc and had to reinstall windows. It now says i do not have an activation key and it gives me an annoying popup. I previously... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by TorbWasTaken, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Reinstalled windows + changed motherboard ram cpu gpu, no longer have activation key


    Hi, i recently upgraded my pc and had to reinstall windows. It now says i do not have an activation key and it gives me an annoying popup. I previously had windows 7 which i upgraded to windows 10, and currently have windows 10 64 bit home edition. Can't really use live chat on phone, so i'm not sure what to do. Thanks in advance.

    :)
     
    TorbWasTaken, Dec 6, 2018
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  2. erpster4 Win User

    Changed Motherboard CPU and Ram windows is now not activated


    OP could try a phone activation of Win10 as a last resort since he changed the motherboard, processor & RAM, which is pretty close to doing an "overhaul" of an computer

    what were the original (old) motherboard, original CPU and old RAM chips before this problem occured?
    and what kind of new board, new CPU & new RAM sticks did OP use before trying to reactivate Win10?

    I know replacing an old motherboard with a new board that uses a different chipset & RAM chips (lets say old board uses AMD CPU with DDR3 RAM sticks and new board uses Intel CPU but using DDR4 RAM sticks) is pretty much a very substantial change that will require re-activation.
     
    erpster4, Dec 6, 2018
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  3. Re-activating windows after Motherboard, CPU and ram change

    Hello HonCheung,

    About a year or so ago, I upgraded my gaming PC's motherboard and CPU from AMD to Intel and this was a question I had as well. At the end of the day, I was able to reactivate my copy of Windows 10 without too much hassle. This process will differ depending
    on the type of Windows 10 license that you have.

    Here's a snippet from Microsoft regarding this process: "You can reinstall Windows 10 after you make a significant hardware change to your PC (such as replacing the motherboard), but it may no longer be activated. If you were running Windows 10 before the hardware
    change, use the Activation troubleshooter to reactivate Windows."

    Using the Activation troubleshooter -
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20527/...


    I hope this helps and let us know if you require further assistance. Thank you.
     
    BravoMan21, Dec 6, 2018
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  4. Reinstalled windows + changed motherboard ram cpu gpu, no longer have activation key

    I want to change my motherboard, cpu and ram.

    Can i change my motherboard,cpu and ram without re-installing windows or loosing the license.

    Currently i have Intel CPU and i want to change it to Ryzen cpu.
     
    Gorelov Bogdan, Dec 6, 2018
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