Windows 10: Unable To Activate Digital Windows Copy After Hardware Change

Discus and support Unable To Activate Digital Windows Copy After Hardware Change in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I have a digital copy of Windows 10 that is linked to my Microsoft Account. I just replaced my motherboard in my computer, and now every time I attempt... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by J.Hunt, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. J.Hunt Win User

    Unable To Activate Digital Windows Copy After Hardware Change


    I have a digital copy of Windows 10 that is linked to my Microsoft Account. I just replaced my motherboard in my computer, and now every time I attempt to activate my copy of Windows it says "We can't reactivate Windows as our servers aren't available right now. Wait a few minutes or try adding your Microsoft account again." This has been going on for two days now. Are the servers really down?

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    J.Hunt, Dec 28, 2018
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  2. Epsynus Win User

    Unable to activate windows after a hardware change

    Hello.

    I changed my hardware today and when I logged back into windows it was unable to activate windows.

    I got my license key tied to my Microsoft account so what I did was this:

    1. Went into activation in settings.

    2. Hit "Troubleshoot".

    3. "I changed hardware on this device recently".

    4. It comes up with my current PC and my old PC.

    5. I hit "This is the device I'm currently using right now and Activate.

    6. "Unable to activate Windows, we can't activate reactivate Windows on this device. Try again later."

    So I am stuck, please advise what my next step should be.
     
    Epsynus, Dec 28, 2018
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  3. JT1969C10 Win User
    Activating WIndows 10 after hardware change.

    Before replacing my hardware on my main computer, I logged into my Microsoft Windows account. Once logged in, I saw that the name of the PC that I was upgrading was in my list of PCs that were activated for Windows 10 Pro. So after reviewing how to reactivate
    after a HW changed, I went ahead and upgraded the motherboard, CPU and memory in that PC.

    Now, when it is time to reactivate, the PC in question is still listed in the hardware list on my MS account but it will not allow me to activate Windows. I followed the instructions online and ran the troubleshooting tool. It then gave me the following
    response:

    Unable to activate Windows

    We can’t find any devices linked to your Microsoft account that can be used for reactivating the device you’re using right now. Make sure you’re signed in with the same Microsoft account you linked to the
    Windows 10 digital license on this device or try again later.

    See other devices linked to your Microsoft account

    So why would it not find the license that was for this PC when it had the old hardware installed? My assumption, albeit may wrong, was that the PC was activated because it was in the list. It was also activated as a Windows 10 Pro edition.

    Anyone have any suggestions on this type of issue?
     
    JT1969C10, Dec 28, 2018
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  4. HAT
    hat Win User

    Unable To Activate Digital Windows Copy After Hardware Change

    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?
     
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