Windows 10: Trying to reactivate windows 10 after changing my motherboard

Discus and support Trying to reactivate windows 10 after changing my motherboard in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I feel like I've tried everything, even buying a $30 key that didn't work at all and I'm NOT INTERESTED in reinstalling windows 10. I think it's... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by damonondo, Jan 18, 2020.

  1. damonondo Win User

    Trying to reactivate windows 10 after changing my motherboard


    I feel like I've tried everything, even buying a $30 key that didn't work at all and I'm NOT INTERESTED in reinstalling windows 10. I think it's ridiculous I should even have to do that. I want to be able to find my product key but I have no idea how and this is incredibly frustrating. I bought Windows 10 years ago and should not have to buy it again for the rest of my life if I feel like it, unless I'm getting a totally different machine. Please god someone help me out here.

    :)
     
    damonondo, Jan 18, 2020
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  2. win 10 motherboard change, reactivating windows

    Hi Famie,

    If you are planning to change your motherboard, you will still be able to activate your Windows 10. In Windows 10 version 1607, there is a feature that you can link your Microsoft account to Windows 10 digital license on your device.
    This can help you reactivate Windows using the Activation troubleshooter if you make a significant hardware change later, such as replacing the motherboard.

    That being said, we suggest that you follow the steps given on this article
    to reactivate your Windows 10 after a hardware change.

    Let us know if you need further assistance.

    If you think this was useful, do not hesitate to "mark it as an answer" to help those are facing the same problem.
     
    Janeane Cru, Jan 18, 2020
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  3. windows 10 reactivation after hardware change

    I just changed motherboards, and When I follow the the steps listed in the "reactivate windows 10 after hardware change" support page, it gives me the message "unable to activate windows" message after I sign in and identify my device,
    with no error code, just a subheader that says "can't activate windows 10 on this device, try again later."
     
    Primero Holodon, Jan 18, 2020
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  4. Trying to reactivate windows 10 after changing my motherboard

    Motherboard change unable to reactivate Windows 10 Pro -


    I have searched this topic and everything seems to be almost a year old. This is a homebuilt machine circa 2015. It started with an ASUS FM2+ motherboard with an AMD A5600K processor. It was Windows 7 Pro, upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro then to Windows 10 Pro.
    Saturday the motherboard died. An exact replacement could not be located so a Gigabyte card was installed. No changes to the hard drives. Booted the machine and Windows automatically started and then did a "revert" then installed the latest updates. C Drive was in the red so I deleted all of the old install files using Windows Clean-up. Went to reactivate, checked the significant hardware change and entered my MS account information - The computer (none of my computers) were listed and now it is telling me that I have to spend $200 to buy a copy of Windows 10 Pro.
    Have not yet called Customer Support as the computer is at home and I work during the day -
    I do have a disk image or two that may be a year old -

    Suggestions - should I just shell out the $200 and move on

    TIA
     
    Mickey53usa, Jan 18, 2020
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