Windows 10: Unable to activate Windows 10 after a hardware change.

Discus and support Unable to activate Windows 10 after a hardware change. in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I recently upgraded my motherboard and CPU, and it broke my windows genuine. I've ran the troubleshooter and clicked on the "I've changed hardware"... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Vawriss, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Vawriss Win User

    Unable to activate Windows 10 after a hardware change.


    I recently upgraded my motherboard and CPU, and it broke my windows genuine.


    I've ran the troubleshooter and clicked on the "I've changed hardware" button, and it just times out on a error.


    Unable to activate windows

    We can't reactivate Windows as our servers aren't available right now. Wait for a few minutes or try adding your Microsoft account again.


    The Windows 10 home license was purchased though the Windows store, and is tied to the account I am currently logged in as.


    I'd also tried the product key i acquired though ProduKey, and that just says it cant be used on this copy of Windows.

    :)
     
    Vawriss, Jul 12, 2019
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  2. Nikhar_K Win User

    Unable to activate Windows after hardware change

    Hi,

    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    Usually the error code 0xC004F213 comes when there is a hardware change done on the computer (like Motherboard or Hard drive). The Windows license is associated with the device hardware. If there is any significant hardware changes, such as replacing
    motherboard or hard drive, Windows won’t be able to recognize the license.

    I suggest you to try the troubleshooting steps from the article
    Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change
    and see if Windows gets activated.

    If you are using an OEM computer that came with Windows 7, and the motherboard has not been changed, then you can follow the steps to retrieve the product key that came with your OEM computer. To retrieve the product key follow the steps mentioned
    below:

    1. Type Command prompt in the search bar, that is on the taskbar.
    2. Right click on Command prompt icon and select Run as administrator.
    3. Type the command and press on Enter: wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey
    4. You will find the product key.

    Hope it helps.

    Please reply with the status of the issue, we will be glad to help you further.

    Nikhar Khare

    Microsoft Community - Moderator
     
    Nikhar_K, Jul 12, 2019
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  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...
     
    Smitty3PM, Jul 12, 2019
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  4. Epsynus Win User

    Unable to activate Windows 10 after a hardware change.

    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, Jul 12, 2019
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