Windows 10: Unable to activate Windows 10 following Motherboard Upgrade

Discus and support Unable to activate Windows 10 following Motherboard Upgrade in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I recently upgraded my Motherboard on my PC. Following this upgrade I have been unable to activate Windows 10 Pro again on my device. I reached out... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by ChandlerMorgan, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Unable to activate Windows 10 following Motherboard Upgrade


    I recently upgraded my Motherboard on my PC.


    Following this upgrade I have been unable to activate Windows 10 Pro again on my device.


    I reached out to support and they were not able to get the key to work, telling me that it may be tied to my old motherboard.


    I was told I had to rebuy a copy of Windows but I already payed for a copy once.


    Is there any possible solution other than buying a new copy?

    :)
     
    ChandlerMorgan, Aug 13, 2019
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  2. Windows 10 and upgrading motherboard

    Hi,



    Thank you for bringing up your query on Microsoft Community.



    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
    Let us follow the steps suggested by Andre Da Costa (replied
    on July 26, 2015) in the following thread:



    Will Upgrading Motherboard After Upgrading To Windows 10 Make Me Lose My Windows License?

    Will Upgrading Motherboard After Upgrading To Windows 10 Make Me Lose My Windows License?



    Kindly let us know if you need any further assistance with Windows, we are glad to assist you.
     
    Abdul_Malik, Aug 13, 2019
    #2
  3. Activate Windows 10 after motherboard change

    Hi,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I built the PC myself and it is\was a retail Windows 8 Pro license upgraded to 10.

    The guide listed that I should be able to transfer the license, and following the steps given when selecting "I recently changed hardware" in the activation process it does not list my previous device to select from.

    My Microsoft account is logged in on both my old and new motherboard, and my old motherboard is unable to boot at all to deactivate or retrieve any keys.

    If my license is indeed available for transfer, how can I proceed from here?

    Thanks.
     
    Libertherme, Aug 13, 2019
    #3
  4. skippy258 Win User

    Unable to activate Windows 10 following Motherboard Upgrade

    DOWNLOAD WINDOWS 10 NOW - Upgrade and ISO direct from microsoft

    this search might help you https://www.google.com.au/webhp?sou...o+to+get+it+activated+windows+10+blocked+keys

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

    If you upgraded to Windows 10 for free and ended up in a non-activated state, try following these steps:

    • Go to Start
      Unable to activate Windows 10 following Motherboard Upgrade [​IMG]
      , then select Settings > Update & security > Activation.
    • Select Go to Store, and check to see if a valid license is available for your device. If a license isn't available, you'll need to buy Windows from the Store.

      Note
      • This only applies if you haven't made changes to the hardware for your device.

    or you could hack it with a crack but please note this is always risky and you don't know what's in the hack
     
    skippy258, Aug 13, 2019
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